Scholarships and Awards

MAKERS – the Honors Arts Residency for Students

Program Description:

This year-long paid residency gives Honors students from all majors the opportunity to make visual artwork and act as the Honors College’s ambassadors to the arts. Through this residency, students from diverse academic backgrounds will set and attain reachable artistic goals, build strong connections with their community, activate a lifelong appreciation for the arts, and develop as creative leaders.

Selected students will receive a one-time $750 stipend plus $250 supplies, access to studio space and creative facilities, monthly critiques and roundtable chats with a faculty mentor and residency curator, and a final exhibition of their projects. As well, selected students take part in free, customized Inspiration Trips for immersion in their interests; examples include touring the North Carolina Museum of Art, participating in glass blowing workshops, and meeting with local artists and cultural leaders. As part of this residency, selected students will also volunteer at arts events and nonprofits, embodying the Honors College’s commitment to service.

Residency Theme:

This year’s arts residency is a meditation on the experience of “Place.” How do we make a place feel like home, or otherwise? What are the challenges of place making? Is place a city, a house, a position in time and space, or a role in society? How do you see the places around you changing? These and any other questions concerning “Place” should be considered and explained in the student’s application. Students are encouraged to incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to their projects.

Application Requirements:

  • Residency proposal detailing intended project (concept, methods, etc.), artistic interests, and goals for this experience (not to exceed two pages, double-spaced, 12pt font)
  • Budget proposal outlining requested supplies (not to exceed $250 or one page)
  • Supporting materials including sketches and/or other documentation of plans for the intended project (not to exceed five file uploads). If applicable, include a digital portfolio with up to 5 photos of previous work (applicants without a digital portfolio will not be penalized)
  • Applications are due April 15, 2018


  1. Application and document uploads at
  • Residency is open to Honors College freshmen, sophomores, and juniors from any major in good academic standing
  • Non-art majors strongly encouraged to apply
  • Applicants interested in making performance, musical, theatrical artworks, etc. must incorporate strong visual elements into a project proposal
  • Applicants interested in making work that will not be displayed in conventional gallery spaces are encouraged to apply
  • Only one stipend awarded per student, per project (students cannot apply in teams)

Please email questions and interest to McKenzie Shelton, Honors Arts Residency Graduate Curator, at