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Fine Arts Scholarships

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. 

All Fine Arts Scholarship Program activities will be held digitally this year. The deadline to sign up to compete is January 6, 2021. All audition/portfolio submissions must be received by January 15, 2021. Video interviews for all disciplines will be held in late January 2021.

You may compete for more than one Fine Arts Scholarship. If awarded more than one, you will be able to choose which one to receive.

Please contact Carly Wynn, Fine Arts Scholarship Coordinator, with any questions.


Creative Writing Scholarships — These scholarships are awarded to majors and minors in Creative Writing; English; or Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications.

Recipients also must serve on the staff of The Transylvanian, the campus literary magazine, for four semesters during your time at Transylvania

  • Submit a maximum of 25 pages worth of creative writing works to Carly Wynn at cwynn@transy.edu. These can be in the form of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, or playwriting.

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: You will be expected to submit a video recording of you performing 4 to 7 minutes of music, preferably on two pieces of contrasting style. Your recording may include an accompaniment if you have access to one. 
  • Music Technology/Composing: You will be expected to submit a portfolio of works you have created.
  • Choral/Vocal Music: You will be expected to submit a video recording of you performing two pieces of contrasting style. Your recording may include an accompaniment if you have access to one.

Studio 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. 
  • Art History: Art history students must submit a one-page essay on why they wish to study art history at Transylvania.

Theater Scholarships — Awarded to non-majors, majors and minors, these scholarships are open to students who intend to continue their passion for theater throughout their university experience. 

All theater scholarship recipients will enroll in the Technical Theater course (THEA 1314) in their first semester in order to prepare them for their work within the theater. They are required to enroll in Theater Practicum (THEA 1001 – 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 scholarship students must be an active member of the Theater Guild Student Organization.

  • Theater Performance: 
    • You will be expected to submit a headshot (or recent photograph) and a theater resume. 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.
    • You will be expected to submit a video performance of a maximum two-minute, memorized monologue (classic or contemporary).
    • In addition to above listed requirements, performance track students are expected to audition for main-stage productions to maintain their scholarship.
  • Technical Theater:
    • You will be expected to submit a theater resume. Please see the resume template.
    • Provide a design portfolio and resume (PDF or online) 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.
    • In addition to above listed requirements, technical track students are expected to take leadership roles in their interested field for main-stage productions to maintain their scholarship.

Please contact Carly Wynn (Fine Arts Scholarship Coordinator), Maurice Manning (creative writing) Ben Hawkins (instrumental music), Tim Polashek (music tech), Regan MacNay (vocal/choral music), Zoé Strecker (studio art and art history) or Tosha Fowler (theater) for additional details concerning auditions, portfolios or interviews for fine arts scholarships.