COFA-Community Scholarship Program

COFA-Community Scholarship Program

The College of Fine Arts (COFA) of The University of Texas at Austin encourages talented young Texans with a passion for the fine and performing arts to study the Fine Arts at UT. Rewarding careers are available in arts education, in the design and creative industries, and in the fine and performing arts for talented, well-trained graduates.

To help recruit talented students, COFA is creating a new scholarship initiative, the “COFA-Community Scholarship Program.” This initiative encourages community service organizations, foundations, corporations, parent-teacher organizations, and chambers of commerce to create local scholarship support to help promising, young talents in your community to study Fine Arts in college. Once a community scholarship is presented to a deserving student, then the COFA-Community Scholarship Program will match your local scholarship funds with a College of Fine Arts talent scholarship. This will double the scholarship support for young people in your community who are admitted to the UT College of Fine Arts.


Here’s how it works:

  • Community scholarships must be given directly to students by the community organization in the student’s home town or region. These students should be interested in studying arts education, design, or the fine and performing arts in college.
  • Students receiving a community scholarship must apply to and then be admitted to an undergraduate degree program in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. (Application deadline is currently December 1.)
  • The College of Fine Arts will provide a dollar-for-dollar scholarship match up to a maximum of $4,000 annually, for up to four years, for admitted freshmen who have also received community-based scholarships from organizations in their home towns.
  • To retain this matching UT scholarship beyond the first year, the student must maintain a 3.0 GPA each year as a full-time student in one or more majors of the College of Fine Arts.
  • Currently, the following are COFA-Community Scholarship partners:
    • O’Donnell Foundation, Excellence in AP Arts and Music Theory Scholarship (Dallas)
    • The Educational Opportunity Scholarships (Dallas)
    • The Texas Interscholastic League Foundation (University Interscholastic League)
    • McCallum High School Ruth Denny Scholarship (Austin)

We would like to expand this list to include more partners across Texas.


For more information, contact Sondra Lomax, Executive Director/Asst. Dean for Development, in the College of Fine Arts. Please email or call 512.471.6468.