The academic major of performing arts encompasses singing, acting, dancing and music within its domain. This highly competitive field offers extreme challenges but equally extreme rewards for those that make the grade. For the fields within this major you'll need creativity, stamina, patience, self-confidence and passion. Continue reading to find out more about this field and the performing arts scholarships available to help make dreams come true.
The exact nature of your performing arts degree program will depend on which of the arts you are specializing in. Obviously, the coursework for a dance major is going to be rather different than that of a singing or vocal arts major. This being said, there are some common features among the various art forms and their degree programs.
First, you will have to decide if you want to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program. These two offerings are markedly different both in their educational approach to the subject as well as the vocational outcomes they produce. BA programs study the individual performing arts from a liberal arts perspective. Conversely, BFA programs are designed to train degree candidates to be professional dancers, painters, actors and musicians.
Performance arts scholarships are available for all of the performing concentrations. Unfortunately, the most recent economic downturn has negatively impacted the amount of funding available for the arts. That isn't to say that no performing arts scholarships are available but rather that the number and amount of scholarships has been reduced.
A look at the employment outlook for the performing arts presents a somewhat bleak picture. Competition is fierce in these overcrowded fields and the pay is often criminally low. And that is for the few who are lucky enough to find work. But if you have the talent, perseverance, passion (along with a bit of luck) you could be the next Isadora Duncan, the next Pavarotti, the next Glenn Gould.
Explore the links below to learn more about performing arts scholarships.
In the granting of scholarships, preference shall be given to residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Applicants should reside or have resided in the northeast region of Pennsylvania and be a citizen of the United States.
Grants are made without distinction as to race, color, creed, or sex. The applicant need not be a graduate student, nor formally trained in any academic or professional program. The applicant must show that the scholarship will aid them in their development into professional artists. The granting of the award and the amount awarded is a matter of discretion of the Grant Selection Committee.
Applicant must furnish the Selection Committee with proof of exceptional ability in his or her chosen field and give evidence that this chosen field is intended to be his or her life's work. This ability must be demonstrated through a selection process which is initiated by completing an official application form. The application form must be supported by letters of recommendation from recognized artists, experts or judges in the pertinent field. Additionally, the application requires a detailed proposal for the use of the grant including a projected budget.
TERMS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP
The recipient may use the award only to finance an individual program or proposal which has had prior approval by the Selection Committee and the Board of Trustees of The Waverly Community House, Inc. The grant, awarded annually, is in the sum of up to $12,000. The proceeds of this grant represent taxable income in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service Code Section I 17, as amended. The grantor will file the necessary reports with the IRS concerning the award. The recipient is required to make two progress reports to the Administrative Chairperson. These reports are then presented to the Board of Trustees of The Waverly Community House. Failure to comply with these reports may result in the termination of the grant. There is no requirement that the award be made if in the judgment of the Selection Committee there is no qualified candidate.
Completed applications and proposals must be in the office of the Waverly Community House, Inc. on or before December 15th of each year. If the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday the applications must be postmarked on or before the 15th. All applicants will be informed within 90 days as to whether or not they have qualified as finalists. All finalists must appear in person before the Selection Committee for a final presentation of their work and for an interview. Each finalist will be notified of their status within one week of the presentations as to whether or not they have qualified as finalists. All finalists must appear in person before the Selection Committee. On or before November 1st, a progress report, including photographs and/or other suitable documentation of the work in progress, must be submitted to the Administrative Chairperson. On or before May 1st, a more complete and detailed report must be submitted to the Administrative Chairperson.
To provide financial assistance and promotion of Asian American college students pursuing a major in the performing, visual arts, journalism and/or mass communications.
Awards: $1,000 to be applied toward school tuition and fees
General Eligibility Requirements:
Must be of at least 50% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity
Must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S
Must be either a high school senior or a college student currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. vocational, junior college, or four-year college/university and must be a full-time, degree seeking student by the upcoming academic calendar year and pursuing a major in the visual/performing arts (film, theatre, fashion, photography, graphic design, dance, music, journalism, mass communications, etc.)
Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities
Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted)
Family members of Board members are ineligible
Selection Criteria: Selection is based on a rating system judged in five major categories. The candidate with the highest combined cumulative points will receive the scholarship. These categories are:
Quality of content submission (essay, artistic portfolio)
Leadership/community service experience and contribution
Letters of recommendation
Phone/in-person committee interview
Please note that those Scholarship Winners will be invited to attend our annual charity event, Fashion for a Passion held in Fall in Dallas, Texas. Fashion for a Passion is our biggest event of the year which helps to raise money for our charitable causes as well as for the current scholarship. The presence of scholarship winners is highly encouraged. Funds will be disbursed directly to the educational institution in the student’s name.
Criteria: 1. Must be very well rounded in all styles of Dance. 2. Must have a strong level 4 Jazz background. 3. Must demonstrate strong across floor skills during try-outs. 4. Routine will be taught during try-outs. 5. Must be admitted to California State Univ. Contact Information: Students interested in trying out for the Long Beach State Dance Team should view http://www.beachpride.com and/or contact the Coordinator of the Beach Pride Center ((562)-985-2535; mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; USU-108).
This program is open to graduating high school seniors who participate in the annual International Thespian Festival. Applicants must be member of the society, have a minimum grade point average of 2.7, and intend to use the funds to further their education in the communicative arts (theater, film, speech, radio, television, broadcasting, music or dance). They may participate in 1 of the 4 categories: 1) performance, with a solo presentation of a 2-minute song or monologue; 2) technical theater, with a portfolio of renderings, sketches, models or illustrations of scenic or costume designs; 3) theater educator, with an essay on why they want to be a theater teacher, their most inspirational teacher or the most important issue facing high school theater today; or 4) playwriting, with a manuscript of a play. Only 2 students from each troupe may participate. Selection is based on involvement with the thespian troupe at their school and their audition performance, portfolio, essay or manuscript.
Requirements: Major in Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at M?noa. Contact UH M?noa Dance department.
Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a career/degree in a creative art, such as creative writing, photography, art, drama, music or dance. 2. Must be from San Diego. 3. Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should veiw http://www.sdfoundation.org/scholarships/ for mor information and an application form.
College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Music & Dance Voice majors, preference for graduate students.
Bucknell offers a rich campus life that includes opportunities in the performing arts. In order to be eligible for these awards, students must have academic records that match with profile of the Bucknell student body.Music, Theatre, Dance, Art/Art History and Creative Writing Scholarships are each selected by their respective faculty departments. The award recipients must meet Bucknell's academic expectations as well as participate in their respective departments' programs. We plan to have approximately 60 performing arts scholarship recipients in the Class of 2014.These renewable awards range between $2,500 and $10,000 per year. Financial need is not a requirement.
Sursa Fine Arts Scholarships are awarded to entering freshman students based on academics and performance in art, dance, theatre, or music. They are renewable for three additional years.
To the junior or senior African-American student who has demonstrated excellence and commitment to performance in television, theatre, music, or dance.
Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation or Dance. 2. Must have completed (or be enrolled in) a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter units of college work. 3. Must be a resident of California and attend a California 2 or 4 year college/university. 4. Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. 5. Must be a CAHPERD member for a minimum of 60 days prior to application. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.cahperd.org/awards_scholarships/index.html#Student for more information and an application form.
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