The Marguerite Bierman Scholarship

For female students majoring in Studio Art, Art History, & Applied Digital Arts

Marguerite Bierman has made a magnificent gift to establish an endowed fund to provide encouragement and support for women entering the field of Visual Arts. This fund enables students majoring in either Studio Arts or Crafts to experience working with professionals in the field and have access to a mentoring relationship, with the goal of gaining an understanding of the interplay between the studio art profession and fullness of life in all aspects. Marguerite Bierman graduated from Kutztown in 1979 with a BFA.

She was a decorative painter well known for large-scale public commissions. She transformed many public buildings in and around Williamsport, PA. Her transformative and inspired use of color is evident in her work throughout Williamsport, including the Sanctuary, First Presbyterian Church; Foyer and Reading Room of the James V. Brown Library; Rotunda, YWCA of North Central PA; and the Margaret Keliher Lundy Memorial Mural, Pediatrics, Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center. Marguerite passed away in 2013.


Apply for a Mentorship Opportunity:

We are now taking applications for the following open opportunities:

N/A (Check back later for 2020 list)


To respond to a mentorship opportunity, email the following documents as ONE PDF to the head of the review committee by December 20:

Karen Stanford (

1) letter of interest (with mentor opportunity specified)
2) resume
3) your budget for the project


Become a Mentor:

Kutztown University seeks proposals from artists to serve as Mentors for female Studio Art, Art History, and Applied Digital Arts students receiving Marguerite Bierman mentorship awards. Mentors initiate proposals, and students apply to a posting of open mentorship opportunities once they are selected. Students may also seek out their own mentors and submit a proposal in a similar manner as a grant application.

KU faculty may be interested in being mentors, but we also seek and encourage proposals from potential mentors not associated with KU. Please read the information below, and consider submitting a proposal or forwarding this to any other visual arts professional who might appreciate having access to the work, help, and expertise of our students, and/or might be interested in serving in a mentor role for its own sake. Students seeking out their own mentors must contact the artist for an initial inquiry regarding the proposal. The potential mentor must agree to the student’s request and both parties must understand that the project is contingent upon approval.

Grant Description

The KU College of Visual and Performing Arts welcomes proposals for Mentorship projects to be funded by the Marguerite Bierman endowment. This endowment provides funding to support female KU Fine Arts or Crafts majors participating in mentorship projects. Grants range from $500 -$2500 and go to students to support their work with professionals (male or female) in any professional project relating to the Visual Arts. These grants do not support organizational internships; they are for students to work one-on-one with an individual and to encourage the development of a relationship between the mentor and student.

Benefits to Mentor

Benefits to the mentor include assistance on a professional visual art project and/or the opportunity to mentor a young woman artist. The financial award is paid to the student who may use the money any way she wishes. Students may choose to use the money to pay for commuting, travel, or living expenses to work with the mentor, or to compensate for lost time at a regular job to be available to the mentor. Money paid to the student should not, in turn, be passed to the mentor.

Project Proposal Information

Proposals should be project-based (with a clear timeline and outcome) and should describe the particular work that will be carried out by the student. Mentors may utilize their student’s time and skills to enhance or complete ambitious projects, and are encouraged to also allow the student to understand something of their lives, and to allow the student to gain some sense of the relationship between an adult’s professional life and his or her full life.

Approval of Mentorship Proposals

Each mentor application will be presented to a committee of representatives from each of KU’s Visual Arts Departments (Art Education and Crafts, Communication Design, and Fine Arts). Approval will be based on the feasibility of the project, funding required, and appropriateness for our students.


(may be sent in the body of an email or as an attached file)
Mentor Name:
Student Name (if applicable):

1) Profession/Position/Organizational Affiliation (if any):
2) Is there a specific student in mind for this mentorship?
3) Please describe the nature of the project, its timeline, and any scheduled outcomes (exhibits, publications, presentations, artwork,etc.):
4) Please list any geographical requirements – where will the work be done, and will the student need to travel or live in a different place:
5) Please list any specific skills or experience required:
6) Please describe the plans for student mentorship: