As part of Maine College of Art’s commitment to educating the next generation of artists, we are pleased to offer BFA Racial Justice Scholarships for applicants to the Bachelor of Fine Arts at MECA. These Scholarships focus on supporting the work of students from communities of color who have been accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program at MECA. BFA Racial Justice Scholarships will be offered each year in the Spring and Fall terms to first-year and transfer students.
MECA is committed to educating artists in ways that are equitable and inclusive. We recognize inequities present in our societies and we are committed to transforming this field so that it reflects and amplifies a diversity of experiences, identities, and voices. Ideal applicants will have submitted a portfolio and application that embody and reinforce the core values of our Diversity Compact. This award specifically aims to promote and celebrate racial and ethnic diversity within the BFA program at MECA.
BFA Racial Justice Scholarships range between $1,500–$5,000 based on the criteria below and are renewable each year. The Scholarship Review Committee will award Racial Justice Scholarships to new incoming BFA students of color; both first-year students and transfer students are eligible to apply. These funds are allocated at the discretion of the committee and are to be awarded in addition to merit-based scholarships awarded from the Admissions department at the time of admission. Evaluation will be based on the criteria listed below, which focus on the student’s application, portfolio, and the alignment of their work with the values of MECA’s Diversity Compact.
Interested applicants are required to complete and submit the following to be eligible for a BFA Racial Justice Scholarship:
- the standard BFA application on Common App (which includes a 500-word essay, a portfolio of 15–20 pieces, two letters of recommendation, and official transcripts) completed by December 1 for Spring 2021 admission or February 1 for Fall 2021 admission;
- a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
- should self-identify as a student of color.
Applicants may choose to shape their Common App essay around ideas and commitment to racial justice, engagement with MECA’s Diversity Statement and Compact, and/or around their experiences and identity. Applicants are welcome to submit an optional resume.
The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed; recipients will be notified by mid-March. The deadline for Spring 2022 is December 1, 2021.
Criteria for Consideration
- Alignment with MECA’s Diversity Statement and Compact
- Identification as a student of color
- Leadership and/or engagement in support of racial justice
- Concepts of racial justice demonstrated through the portfolio
- Diversity of background and lived experiences
- Demonstrated financial need
MECA’s Diversity Statement and Compact
To give further definition and distinction to Maine College of Art’s institutional mission and to advance the goal of diversity in the strategic plan, the following set of principles were created to strengthen our learning community and cultivate an environment that prepares its students to thrive in a diverse and global world. Maine College of Art recognizes that diversity is integral to the academic experience and strives to foster an inclusive culture defined by respect, equity and social responsibility. These principles serve as another catalyst for MECA students, faculty, staff and trustees to become the critically engaged citizens upon whom our world depends.
We understand the differences and diversity of our experiences include, but are not limited to, race, class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, faith, religion, veteran status, mental, and physical ability.
I am responsible as a member of the MECA community:
- For recognizing, validating and thinking critically about the diversity of experience within our community
- To move beyond cultural stereotypes and assumptions in order to open up an authentic (and inclusive) culture of critique
- To embrace the principles of a small caring community that supports the authentic expression of self and others
- To see beyond assumptions in order to build authentic relationships across differences
- To learn and be aware of how larger cultural inequalities and inequities influence our daily interactions
- To participate with willingness and openness in opportunities which address current social events and to think critically about the impact on our college community and larger world
- For respecting and supporting all members of our community
- For engaging in action and dialogue when there is injustice driven by privilege and oppression.