The Linehan Artist Scholars

Are you ready to prepare for your career as a performer and creator in the arts under the mentorship of an internationally-recognized faculty of professional artists?

About Our Program

The Linehan Artist Scholars Program is for talented students who are serious about pursuing their art in a university setting. Rigorous academics and challenging coursework prepare artists and performers for success.

You’re invited to join the Linehan Artist Scholars, where you will:

  • Explore ideas about contemporary arts and art making in a first year seminar
  • Attend performances and visit art museums in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
  • Live on campus with artists who share your passion
  • Receive summer research support to study with professional artists across the globe

Eligibility and Support

Am I Eligible For the Program?

Our program is open to first-year students who will major in dance, theatre, music, or visual arts. To learn more about the application, portfolio, and audition processes for each of these majors, please directly contact the department you’re considering.

How We Support Our Scholars

$15,000

Per academic year for in-state students

$22,000

Per academic year for out-of-state students

The Linehan Artist Scholars Program provides four-year awards, which often cover the greater part of the cost of attendance at UMBC.

Application Deadlines

Scholars Programs

January
15
First-Year Priority Application Due

The deadlines above are for application and admission to this scholars program only.
We strongly recommend submitting your application to UMBC by the Early Action or Priority deadline.

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Meet a Scholar

Katelyn O’Connor, Sophomore, Dance and Political Science

We strongly believe in co-creation, and it shows all over campus in the ways our students have, quite literally, helped shape our campus.

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“The Linehan Artist Scholars program expanded my art world, both physically and creatively. Being a Linehan Artist Scholar has taught me how to invest in a range of materials and methods outside my discipline, and exposed me to different types of art through its museum and performance opportunities.”

~Tawa Abiwa ’23, Visual Arts

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“The Linehan Artist scholarship will allow me to travel to meet and work with artists overseas who specialize in my area of study. As someone interested in both Engineering and Art it is such a great opportunity to work with someone who has the same interests and mindset that I have.”

~Susanna Abler ’22, Visual Arts and Engineering