Pepper Visual Art Scholarship

As an incoming student demonstrating outstanding promise in the field of visual art, you could be eligible to receive the Pepper Visual Arts Scholarship.

The award, in the amount of $10,000 per year, was established by James G. Pepper, Class of 1965, and his mother, Mrs. Nita Easly Pepper.

The award is annually renewable, providing you enroll in a minimum of four art classes (in history and/or studio): three in the first two years and one in your junior year.

If you apply for this scholarship, you should be considering a major in the area of studio art; however, applying is not a binding commitment to become an art major if you decide later that another major is more suitable. It is a natural part of the liberal arts philosophy to encourage openness to all possibilities.

Application Process

In addition to your application for admission and your scholarship application, you must submit a portfolio of your artwork.

Portfolio guidelines

Submit a CD presenting 12-15 images of your work. The CD must also include your name, the titles of your images, the year the work was completed, dimensions, and media of the work.

Submitted portfolios will be reviewed and rated by our studio art professors. We cannot accept actual artwork, but if you plan to visit Davidson before applying you may contact the Art Department about bringing a portfolio of original work to show to one of our studio professors.


Your portfolio should reach our Office of Admission and Financial Aid no later than the application deadline for your chosen admission plan and must reach us no later than January 2. If a portfolio was already submitted as part of your general application, send only the completed Part 7 to indicate your interest in being considered for this scholarship-do not submit a second portfolio.