Department of Art: Scholarship

The annual Sister Angelica High School Art Scholarship Competition is based on 8-12 digital images of the students high school work. Images should be .jpg format, 150 dpi, no larger than 8 x 10 inches and delivered via WeTransfer.


  • First Place: $10,000 per year 
  • Second Place: $8,000 per year 
  • Third Place: $6,000 per year 
  • Honorable Mention Award(s) of $2,500


The competition is open to high school seniors. Each student must submit eight to twelve digital images in any medium. A cross section of art forms is suggested. Award winners must have completed an application as an art major at Mercyhurst University.

Scholarship Instructions


Digital images should be jpegs placed in a folder and shared through WeTransfer with Images should be .jpg format, 72 dpi, no larger than 1024 pixels in the longest direction. Applicants should name their .jpg files with first 4 letters of their last name and the image number. (EG. Hopp1. jpg for the first image for an applicant named Hopper) Applicants may choose to place their digital images in a PowerPoint or PDF formatted document. All entries must include a separate Word document with the following information: name, home address, home telephone number, high school, art teacher’s name‚ artist’s name, and a numbered list of works, including full title, size of work, and medium. 


Members of the Mercyhurst University Art Faculty will serve as jury for the contest. The jurors reserve the right not to award one or more scholarships if the submitted works do not comply with the expected standards of the competition.


Questions? Please contact Peter Stadtmueller at or 814-824-3346.

To mail an entry on a USB drive, send to: 
Peter Stadtmueller 
Mercyhurst University 
501 E 38th St Erie, PA 16546-0001


Portfolios are accepted through February 15 of each year, and scholarships are announced in February. Should any winner choose not to accept the award, the scholarship can be awarded to the next person in rank. Awards are renewable yearly upon favorable review of the department.


Every precaution will be taken to protect submissions. However, the Department of Art and the university are not to be held responsible for any damage or loss that may occur.