Student Madelyn Uzyn

Harvard High School senior Madelyn Uzyn was accepted into the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) and awarded $90,000 in scholarships starting with the 2023/24 school year. Uzyn received the Presidential Scholarship of $84,000 for 4 years and a grant for $6,000 for the first year.

MIAD awards these scholarships based on artistic and academic achievement. “When applying to Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, they required a portfolio of up to 20 images of my art work," said Uzyn. “I made sure to include some digital art pieces from my AP Studio 2D Design class with Mr. Wargaski this year. I also included some work I did during my independent study with Ms. Hereley and a few other personal projects I made outside of school. I believe my portfolio submission is what really allowed for my acceptance.”

In her official acceptance letter, MIAD praised Uzyn’s “Skills in illustration sensibilities, a mature understanding of narrative space, and character design.” MIAD is ranked in the top 20 small art colleges in the nation. 

“Madelyn demonstrates a willingness to learn and experiment with a variety of mediums,” said Harvard High School Art Teacher Suzanne Hereley. “I’m extremely proud of her commitment to continue her studies in illustration at the collegiate level.” 

“Her passion and drive for art is inspirational to others, showing what is possible with hard work and determination,” said Harvard High School Art Teacher Michael Wargaski.

“I truly am very grateful for this opportunity that was given to me and I’m very excited to begin working towards a bachelors degree in Illustration at MIAD,” said Uzyn.

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design is Wisconsin’s only four-year, private college of visual art and design, offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture and Design, and New Studio Practice: Fine Arts.