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Linehan Artist Scholars Application

Thank you for your interest in the Linehan Artist Scholars Program. In addition to the information you supplied on the UMBC Common Application, you will need to complete the Linehan Artist Scholars application to be considered as a candidate for the program. When completing the application you will not have the option to save and return at a later time. You will need to complete and submit your application in one sitting. The application and all supplemental materials must be received by the priority deadline.

Priority Deadline

Freshmen Deadline: January 15, 2017

Please refer to the information below in preparation for completing the Linehan Artist Scholars application.

UMBC Campus ID

The Linehan Artist Scholars application will require that you have your UMBC Campus ID. Your Campus ID will be sent approximately five to seven business days after you have submitted your Common Application to UMBC. We strongly encourage you to complete your undergraduate admissions package before November 1. This includes submission of your Common Application, high school transcript, and standardized test score results.

Short Answers

You should prepare short essay answers of 300 words or less. The application will allow you to cut and paste your answers from your word processing software into the form. The questions you will need to answer are:

  1. Please discuss your artistic and academic goals. Be as specific as you can in addressing your primary area(s) of interest and, if at all possible, your thoughts on your professional future. (Visual Arts applicants should use the artist’s statement submitted as part of the Visual Arts portfolio application.)
  2. Please describe your creative and scholarly activities including your training and education in your area of artistic interest. The committee welcomes information about honors, awards, exhibitions, productions or published materials.
  3. Please list and describe your extracurricular community activities. The Linehan Artist Scholars Program is a community of artists. How will you contribute to this community?

Additional Documents

You are also free to submit any relevant documents that you believe strengthen your application. These documents can be submitted as attachments to the application. The documents must be either in an Adobe PDF format or a Microsoft Word document.

Visual Arts applicants must submit portfolio reviews and supplemental materials by January 15th for consideration. To learn more about the portfolio submission process, please visit the Department of Visual Arts website.


Dance, Music and Theater applicants will be required to submit two letters of recommendation addressing your suitability for this program. The letters should speak to your commitment to the arts. At least one recommendation should be from an art faculty member. (Visual arts applicants are already required to submit references as part of the portfolio application process and do not need to send additional letters with this application.)

You have the option to upload and attach an electronic version of your recommendation letters (jpeg, pdf, doc) using the online application or you may provide each recommender with this Scholars Program Recommendation Form. In lieu of the online recommendation upload, the Recommendation Form should be completed and sent along with the letter of recommendation by mail or via our contact form. Please allow your recommenders enough time to complete and submit the letters before the January 15th deadline.

Artistic Disciplines

Students may apply for the Linehan Artist Scholars Program through multiple artistic disciplines. Please click on a link below or contact the people listed for detailed instructions on how to complete this required component.


Dance Department at


Music Department, Connie Bailey, at


Theatre Department, Eve Muson, at

Visual Arts

Visual Arts Department, Melanie Berry, at

Portfolio reviews and supplemental materials must be completed by January 15.

Honors College

You may also use this application to apply for the UMBC Honors College. Admission decisions for the Honors College are determined by a separate committee. For consideration, applicants should have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.00 scale in a strong college preparatory curriculum that includes honors, Advancement Placement or International Baccalaureate coursework.

If interested in pursuing this option, please complete a 600 word essay answering one of the following questions and submit it with your application:

  • Describe an artwork that has had a major impact on you and describe specifically what about this artwork has had this impact, what the impact was, and how this artwork contributes to your intellectual curiosity.
  • Describe a completed artwork that you created from start to finish. Write about its form, media, how it was created and what kinds of experiences, feelings or other aspects you were depicting or explaining in this artwork.
  • Describe a teacher or mentor in the arts who has had a major impact on you, what specifically this impact was, and what artistic and/or intellectual development resulted from this impact.
The application deadline has passed.