Fine Arts Scholarship Program

Transylvania University is a destination for the arts.

Nestled in the heart of a vibrant cultural center, Transylvania offers countless opportunities to participate in the arts and learn in a liberal arts environment. Whether you plan to major in a fine arts field or nurture artistic passion as a side interest, we invite you to leave your mark on Transylvania’s long and rich artistic tradition.


Fine Arts Departmental Scholarships

Students may compete for scholarships in fine arts with awards ranging from $1,000-$3,000. These scholarships are available for non majors, majors and minors, and may be combined with other academic awards. Applicants must be admitted to the university before being considered for fine arts scholarships. 

The admission application deadline for fine arts scholarships is January 6 2020.

Auditions, portfolio reviews and interviews will be scheduled on January 25 & 27, 2020. 

Register online for your fine arts scholarship interview.

Music Scholarships — Recipients of these scholarships, which are awarded to non majors, majors and minors, will be expected to participate in their assigned ensemble for each semester the scholarship is maintained — up to eight semesters — and enroll in four semesters of free private lessons.

  • Instrumental Music: Prepare a 4 to 7 minute music performance, preferably on two pieces of contrasting style. A professional accompanist will be provided free of charge if the music is submitted sufficiently ahead of time to enable the accompanist to prepare.
  • Music Technology/Composing: Submit a portfolio of work, in which case the audition will take the form of an interview. Interviewing students may be asked to demonstrate music reading ability if that is not apparent from the nature of the audition or portfolio itself. Submit your portfolio via email to Carly Wynn at cwynn@transy.edu.
  • Choral/Vocal Music: Prepare two pieces of contrasting style. A professional accompanist will be provided free of charge if the music is submitted sufficiently ahead of time to enable the accompanist to prepare.

Theater Scholarships — Awarded to non majors, majors and minors, these scholarships are open to acting and stage production students. 

Theater scholarship recipients will enroll in the Technical Theater course in their first semester in order to prepare them for their work within the theater. They are required to enroll in Theater Practicum (a 1/4 course credit) 2 terms each school year (Fall, Winter, or May) throughout their four years at Transy. (Theater Practicum assignments include: acting, directing, designing or assistant designing (costumes, sets, lights, sound, video-projection, hair & make-up), stage management, build crew, painting, run crew, electric work, board operator (sound, lights, projections), props master, and box office.) All students must be an active member of the Theater Guild Student Organization. 

  • Theater Performance: 
    • Submit a headshot (or recent photograph) and a theater resume (via email to Carly Wynn at cwynn@transy.edu). The image and resume should be saved as one completed PDF with the headshot and photograph on the first page and resume on the second page. Please see the resume template.
    • Prepare a maximum two-minute, memorized monologue.
    • Be prepared to perform a cold (improvisational) reading from a play during your audition with theater faculty.
    • To maintain a theater performance scholarship, students must fulfill one production assignment per term. Students are expected to audition for all shows per term and accept the role if cast. If not cast, other assignments may include, but are not limited to: assistant director, stage manager, technical support team, etc. The time commitment for each term totals a minimum of 30 hours. In addition, all theater scholarship students are expected to maintain an active membership in the Transylvania Theater Guild.
    • Performance Track students are expected to audition for main-stage productions. 
  • Technical Theater:
    • Submit a theater resume (via email to Carly Wynn at cwynn@transy.edu). Please see the resume template.
    • Provide a design portfolio (PDF or online via email to Carly Wynn at cwynn@transy.edu) to be reviewed by theater faculty at the interview. Design portfolios can include photos of productions that the student has provided technical support for with a description of the student's responsibilities for the production.
    • To maintain a technical theater scholarship, students must fulfill one production assignment per term. Each term, students will be expected to apply to serve in a key position of production: stage manager, assistant stage manager, properties master, sound or light technician, assistant to the technical director or assistant to the costume, scenic lighting or sound designer. Other assignments may include running crew, box office staff and technical production support team. The time commitment for each term assignment totals a minimum of 30 hours. All scholarship students are expected to maintain an active membership in the Transylvania Theater Guild.
    • Technical Track students are expected to take leadership roles in their interested field for main-stage productions.

Art and Art History Scholarships — These scholarships are awarded only to majors and minors.

  • Studio Art:
    Studio art students must submit a portfolio with no more than 10 selections by the application deadline. You may submit your portfolio as attachments via email to Carly Wynn at cwynn@transy.edu. Or you may provide a CD portfolio, if preferred.
  • Art History:
    Art history students must submit a one-page essay on why they wish to study art history at Transylvania via email to Carly Wynn at cwynn@transy.edu by the application deadline.

Please contact Ben Hawkins (music, instrumental/tech), Regan MacNay (vocal/choral), Zoé Strecker (art and art history) or Tosha Fowler (theater) for additional details concerning auditions, portfolios or interviews for fine arts scholarships.