Each spring the faculty comes together to nominate exceptional undergraduate students from across the department for these honors. Thanks to generous support from endowments and donations, we are able to celebrate the resilience, creativity, ingenuity, and scholarly pursuits of these outstanding students.
AVAILABLE AWARDS FOR AAHD UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:
Marta S. Hentschel Schafer Endowed Scholarship in Art (STA, HA, ATD, GD, Art Ed)
The Hentschel Schafer Scholarship was established in memory of Marta S. Hentschel Schafer, who earned a degree in art from MSU in 1965, endowed through the generous support of her husband J. Donald Schafer and their children Scott and Heidi. The scholarship is awarded each year to one or more outstanding undergraduate students majoring in the Department of Art, Art History & Design. Nominees should be established majors in one of the department’s degree programs with a record of the highest excellence in their completed course work, and with the expectation of continued success in the Department of AAHD. Students in their junior year are eligible for this award. Preference will be given for students from the state of Michigan.
The Geraldine Potchen Award (STA, HA, Art Ed, GD)
All-University Awards for Excellence
The Geraldine Potchen Award was established by Dr. E. James Potchen, MSU Professor of Radiology and is given annually in honor of Mrs. Potchen to a sophomore in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design who has already demonstrated excellence in completed course work, and who exhibits potential to perform superbly in future courses.
The Ralph Calder Scholarship (STA, HA, Art Ed, GD)
The Ralph Calder Scholarship is named for Ralph Calder, the architect of the Kresge Art Center which houses the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. The Calder Scholarship is given annually to a junior in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design who has demonstrated excellence in completed course work and who exhibits potential for performing superbly in the senior year.
The Jens Plum Award (STA, Art Ed, GD)
The Jens Plum Award is given to the Department of Art, Art History, and Design annually by Nancy Plum in memory of her husband Jens Plum. The Jens Plum Award is presented to a junior or senior Studio Art/Graphic Design/Art Ed Major whose work reveals special artistic insight through the act or process of drawing.
PROGRAM / AREA AWARDS:
Anna E. Bayha Award (ATD Program)
This award is presented to a student who, at the close of his or her junior year, has shown unusual ability in the field of clothing, has a high scholastic standing, and is partially or wholly self-supporting.
Anna Creekmore Award (ATD Program)
This award is given to a graduating senior in apparel and textile design who has demonstrated creativity, outstanding scholastic achievement, and professional potential.
Ellen B. Judson Award (ATD Program)
This award is given to the student attaining the highest and best standing in clothing courses at the close of the sophomore year.
Joe and Shirley Kuszai Endowed Scholarship (GD Program)
The Joe and Shirley Kuszai Endowed Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student at the junior level majoring in Graphic Design.
Carolyn J. Hook Scholarship (STA—Ceramics Area)
This endowment may be used as a scholarship award for an outstanding ceramics student, selected by ceramics faculty based on their talent and abilities as a ceramicist. This endowment may also be used to support a student or students chosen by the ceramics faculty to study at an institute or workshop held off campus.
The Ralf Henricksen Award (STA—Painting Area)
The Ralf Henricksen Award is given to the Department of Art, Art History, and Design annually by Mr. & Mrs. Coey in memory of her father Ralf Henricksen. The Henricksen Award is given annually to a graduating senior in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design with a concentration in painting, whose work is deemed by the faculty to be the most successful in the final year of study.
The Gretel Geist Rutledge Award (STA—Printmaking Area)
The Gretel Geist Rutledge Award recognizes those students who are doing outstanding work in the area of printmaking. It is the donor’s hope that by being recognized for their work, students will be encouraged to continue to pursue their passion in the medium of printmaking.
2022 Undergraduate Recipients
2021 Undergraduate Recipients
2020 Undergraduate Recipients