Layton Scholarship

The Frederick R. Layton Art Scholarship is a scholarship available to current Mount Mary students who are enrolled in a major in an arts and design academic area. Multiple scholarships of up to $3,000 each are awarded every year.

The scholarship is named for Frederick R. Layton, who created the first art gallery in Milwaukee in 1880. (The art collection is now housed in the Milwaukee Art Museum.) The Layton School of Arts was an outgrowth of his gallery and continued until it was closed in 1974. The Layton Board of Trustees established a foundation to continue Layton’s philanthropy—an endowment for scholarships that aids artistically and academically talented students.

Criteria for Current Students

Current full-time students may qualify for this scholarship. To be eligible for the current student award, you must:

  • be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program.
  • have a declared major in art, art education, art therapy, fashion design, fashion merchandise management, graphic design, interior design or interior merchandising.
  • have completed at least one college art course at Mount Mary University or through another institution where art or art-related college credit was given and transferred to Mount Mary.
  • have a minimum 2.5 GPA at Mount Mary (applicants must have a core GPA at or above 2.5 and a major GPA at or above 2.5).
  • expect to have 12 to 24 credits remaining until graduation (12 credits per semester, for a total of 12 credits if graduating in December or 24 credits if graduating in May; summer session does not count as part of the 12 to 24 credits).

Apply for this scholarship

The Layton Scholarship review will take place using an online jury process.

Current students will all submit their work through an online submittal process. There will not be an exhibit as part of the process. Download application.

For current students:

There will be a one-page application submitted to your department Chairperson to confirm eligibility. This application will be due on January 26. To allow you to utilize the winter break to collect your best work and prepare for the jury review, we are identifying the expectations for submittal:

Eligible students will be asked to submit images of a minimum of six (6) of their best original work. Work must represent artistic effort using at least three (3) media types and of three (3) different subjects. Images of details and/or multiple pages of a sketchbook will be accepted for a total of no more than 15 images per applicant. Artwork may include, but not be limited to, drawing, design, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts or mixed media arts.

A workshop on how to photograph various types of artwork (2-D, 3-D, objects, etc.) for the jury submission will be conducted on campus during January 2018. The jury process will be conducted by the faculty of the School of Arts and Design. Recommendations will be submitted from the faculty to the Office of Financial Aid for award determination.