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GPS Award

The School of Art and Design believes in the power of place based learning and has established an annual award competition to fund outstanding students who are interested in taking a Global Positioning Studies (GPS) course.



All full-time School of Art and Design undergraduate and graduate majors (BA, BFA, BFA+, MA, MFA).  Must be in good standing with the art program and university and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Art and Art History minors and non-majors are not eligible to apply.



A number of competitive awards are available. Awards will be deposited directly into the student’s account after student registration and the course enrollment is confirmed. Funding is available for GPS courses offered during the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. For courses that take place before awards are announced, students will receive a credit in their account to put towards outstanding balances, or future tuition costs. Funding preference will be given to applications for off-campus courses with greater travel expenses.

Apply now online for a 2024 GPS Award



Applications due by March 22, 2024                

April 5, 2024: Funding decisions announced

April 12, 2024: Confirm GPS course enrollment for award recipients

Eligible Courses*

Art and Environment: Hawaii

Ceramics in China (Summer and Fall semesters)

Disegno Italia

GPS: France

Jackson Hole Photography Workshop

Painting in China

Painting and NYC

San Gemini Preservation Studies

Space: Atacama


*Course information is available at:

*Check the WVU course schedule for registration information.