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Not all scholarships require exceptional grades or impressive athletic abilities.

There are thousands of scholarships awarded to students primarily on the basis of their extracurricular skills or talents.

Scholarships for accomplishments in the arts including music, art, writing, debate, and drama are especially common. Below, you’ll find a list of one arts scholarship in each of the fifty states offered directly through a college for the benefit of talented students.

Alabama

Huntingdon College

Montgomery, AL

Name of Scholarship: Scarlett and Grey Instrumental Award

Amount: $11,500

Description: Awarded to students who plan on participating in the marching band and concert band

Name of Scholarship: Scarlett and Grey Award

Amount: $11,000

Description: Awarded to students who plan to participate in marching band, pom squad, or cheerleading

Name of Scholarship: Judy Marley Montgomery Choir Award

Amount: $11,000

Description: Awarded to students who plan to participate in the Concert Choir

Alaska

University of Alaska at Anchorage

Anchorage, AK

Name of Scholarship: Muriel Hannah Scholarship in Art

Amount: Minimum $500 annually

Description: Awarded to students who have demonstrated a talent in art

Name of Scholarship: Excellence in Speech and Debate Scholarship

Amount: Minimum $500 annually

Description: Awarded to students who are or plan to be speech and debate team members and who have demonstrated skill in these areas

Arizona

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

Name of Scholarship: School of Dance, Film, and Theater General Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students who plan to study the visual and performing arts including dance, theater and stagecraft, film and video, photography, entertainment, and media management.

Arkansas

Hendrix College

Conway, AR

Name of Scholarship: Performing Arts Scholarship

Amount: $2,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students based on talent in music, theatre, and art (open to non-majors)

California

St. Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

Name of Scholarship: Brother Cornelius Video Arts Scholarship

Amount: $13,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students with accomplishments related to video production or related media. The recipient must major in Art Practice. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of an essay, letters of recommendation, a DVD or online portfolio of original work, software skills, and any relevant video media arts projects.

Name of Scholarship: Performing Arts Scholarships

Amount: $13,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students with demonstrated excellence in music, dance, and theater.

Colorado

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

Name of Scholarship: Colorado State Music Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with outstanding musical talents. Some of these scholarships require that students major in music or a related area.

Connecticut

University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT

Name of Scholarship: Artistic Merit Scholarship

Amount: up to $15,000

Description: Awarded to students enrolled in the Hartford Art School based on a review of a portfolio review and academic achievement.

Name of Scholarship: Hartt Performing Arts Scholarship

Amount: up to full tuition

Description: Awarded to students who plan to enroll in the Hartt School with talents in music, dance, or theatre. Awards are determined based on an audition and academic achievement.

Delaware

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

Name of Scholarship: Music Scholarships

Amount: up to $10,000

Description: Awarded to students who plan to major in music based on an audition

Florida

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

Name of Scholarship: Music Scholarships

Amount: $5,000 annually to full tuition + enrichment stipend

Description: Recipients must demonstrate exceptional music talent and significant academic achievement above the average profile of the typical student admitted to the university

Georgia

Berry College

Mount Berry, GA

Name of Scholarship: Performing Arts Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to exceptional students musicians or theatre students

Name of Scholarship: Art Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students interested in majoring or minoring in Art (studio art, art history, or art education). Recipients are evaluated based on a portfolio evaluation and interview (studio art and art education) or an art history evaluation (art history).

Name of Scholarship: English-Creative Writing and Nadassy Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students interested in majoring in English or creative writing or minoring in writing. Students must demonstrate experience in creative writing by submitting a portfolio including five original pieces in two different genres.

Name of Scholarship: Viking Drum Line Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students who have demonstrated significant ability and potential within marching percussion.

Name of Scholarship: Forensics/Speech Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students interested in joining and competing with the Berry College Forensics Union.

Hawaii

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, HI

Name of Scholarship: Music Ensemble Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with exceptional musical talents in instrumental music

Name of Scholarship: Cheer and Dance Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with exceptional abilities related to cheer and/or dance

Name of Scholarship: Debate Scholarship

Amount: up to $6,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students who are interested in participating in the HPU debate program

Idaho

The College of Idaho

Caldwell, ID

Name of Scholarship: Talent-Based Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students who display talents in art, debate, music, or theatre (including playwriting and technical theatre).

Illinois

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Name of Scholarship: Art Scholarship

Amount: $500-$4,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students upon review of their art portfolios

Name of Scholarship: Debate Scholarship

Amount: $500-$4,000 annually

Description: Based on proficiency in debate

Name of Scholarship: Music Scholarship

Amount: up to $4,500 renewable annually

Description: Awarded to musically talented students (including non-majors) based on a music audition

Name of Scholarship: Carl B. Nelson Music Education Scholarship

Amount: $500 annually

Number of Awards: Five

Description: Awarded to students planning to major in music education

Name of Scholarship: Theatre Scholarships

Amount: $2,500-$16,000 annually

Description: Awarded to exceptional individuals pursuing performance, technical theatre, playwriting or criticism. Recipients are selected after an on-campus audition or presentation.

Indiana

Bethel College 

Mishawaka, IN

Name of Scholarship: Visual Arts, Music, and Theatre Arts

Amount:$2,000-$16,000 renewable annually

Description: Awarded based on outstanding performance or achievement in visual arts, music, or theatre arts

Iowa

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

Name of Scholarship: Cornell College Art Award

Amount: $1,000-$4,000 renewable annually

Description: Awarded to students with outstanding abilities in arts. Recipients are not required to participate in the art department’s courses or activities.

Name of Scholarship: Cornell College Music Award

Amount: $1,000-$10,000 renewable annually

Description: Awarded to students with musical talents regardless of major. Recipients are required to participate in at least one major ensemble in their principal instrument.

Name of Scholarship: Cornell College Music Scholarship

Amount: $17,000-$25,000 renewable annually

Description: Awarded to students who with exceptional musical abilities. Recipients are required to participate in at least one major ensemble, enroll in music lessons, and participate in a music performance seminar. The scholarship is available to students in all majors.

Name of Scholarship: Cornell College Theatre Award

Amount: $1,000-$4,000 renewable annually

Description: Awarded to students with talents in the theatre arts. Recipients are not required to participate in the department’s courses or activities.

Kansas

Bethel College

North Newton, KS

Name of Scholarship: Fine Arts Awards

Amount: $4,000-$7,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students with talents in art, music, theater, and forensics based on an audition or an evaluation of a portfolio

Kentucky

Centre College

Danville, KY

Name of Scholarship: Performing Arts Scholarship

Amount: up to $5,000 annually

Number of Awards: up to 40

Description: Awarded to talented musicians, actors, and theater technicians. Recipients are not required to major in these areas but must have an interest in further developing their skills in these areas.

Louisiana

Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, LA

Name of Scholarship:  School of Design Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with exceptional talents in the arts (studio art, photography, or communication design)

Maine

University of Maine

Orono, ME

Name of Scholarship: Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship

Amount: $1,000-$2,000 renewable annually

Description: Awarded to students with exceptional abilities in art, music, or theatre. Recipients are determined based on the evaluation of a portfolio or an audition.

Maryland 

Goucher College

Baltimore, MD

Name of Scholarship Fine and Performing Arts Scholarships

Amount: $10,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students with a demonstrated interest and abilities in dance, theatre, music, or the visual arts. Finalists are invited to campus for an audition or portfolio review and for an interview.

Massachusetts

Lesley College

Cambridge MA

Name of Scholarship: College of Art and Design Presidential Scholarship

Amount: $10,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students with a strong art portfolio and a 3.5 or higher GPA or who have an exceptional portfolio minimum SAT of 1950 (CR+M+W) or 30 ACT

Name of Scholarship: College of Art and Design Dean’s Scholarship

Amount: $9,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students with a strong art portfolio plus a minimum SAT of 1650 (CR+M+W)/ACT 24 or an exceptional art portfolio and a 3.0 GPA or higher

Name of Scholarship: College of Art and Design Scholarship

Amount: $8,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students with a strong portfolio and a 3.0 GPA or higher plus a minimum 1400 SAT (CR+M+W)/20 ACT or an exceptional portfolio and a minimum 2.7 GPA

Michigan

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI

Name of Scholarship: Enlightened Leadership Award for the Arts

Amount: $5,000 renewable annually

Number of Awards: 20

Description: Awarded to students with exceptional talents and accomplishments in vocal/instrumental music, theatre arts, visual arts, creative writing, or journalism

Minnesota

 St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN

Name of Scholarship: Art Scholarships

Amount: $6,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students to students with exceptional art talent. The scholarship is open to art and non-art majors.

Name of Scholarship: Dance Scholarships

Amount: $4,000-$8,,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students with exceptional dance talent. Recipients are required to participate in a performance-based project and a movement class each year.

Name of Scholarship: Music Scholarships

Amount: $1,500-$11,500 annually

Description: Awarded to students with exceptional music talent. The scholarship is open to music majors and non-majors.

Name of Scholarship: Theater Scholarship

Amount: $6,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students with exceptional theater talent. The scholarship is open to theater majors and non-majors.

Mississippi

Millsaps College

Jackson, MS

Name of Scholarship: Distinguished Merit in Art, Theatre, Art History, and Music

Amount: $1,500 to $15,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students who are interested in majoring in art, theatre, art history, and music. Awards based on a portfolio and an interview (art); an essay, monologue, and interview (theatre); humanities paper, essay, and interview; audition (music).

Missouri

Washington University – St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

Name of Scholarship: Howard Nemerov Writing Scholars Program in Arts & Sciences

Amount: $3,000 renewable annually

Number of Awards: up to 10

Description: Given to entering freshmen who are gifted writers. Grades and scores are also considered in the selection process.

Name of Scholarship: Conway/Proetz Scholarship in Art

Amount: $6,000-full tuition renewable annually

Number of Awards: One full tuition scholarship and up to five $6,000 scholarships

Description: Awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding artistic and scholastic accomplishments for a career in the visual arts. High school records and SAT/ACT scores are also considered.

Montana

Montana State University

Bozeman, MT

Name of Scholarship: Spring Free Scholarship

Amount: In-state tuition during the spring semester annually

Description: Awarded to students with exceptional musical abilities who plan on majoring in music. Both residents and non-residents are eligible but tuition waiver for the second semester each year is available up to the in-state amount.

Name of Scholarship: School of Music Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with exceptional musical abilities based on an audition. The scholarship is open to all students regardless of major.

Name of Scholarship: Art Scholarship

Amount: $3,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students with talents in the visual arts based on a portfolio review. Students must plan on majoring in the Studio Arts (painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, metalsmithing/jewelry and sculpture), Graphic Design, or Art Education.

Nebraska

Hastings College

Hastings, NE

Name of Scholarship: Talent Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with talents in art, cheerleading, dance, media (journalism, radio, television, videography, photography, and website design), music, speech/forensics, and theatre.

Nevada

Sierra Nevada College

Incline Village, NV

Name of Scholarship: Fine Arts Department Scholarships

Amount: $10,000 or $17,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students who participate in specific art shows selected by the SNC Fine Arts Department

New Hampshire

Franklin Pierce University

Rindge, NH

Name of Scholarship: Robert Alvin Scholarship in Music

Amount: $2,000 renewable annually

Number of Awards: 2

Description: Awarded to students who have an interest in participating in music at Franklin Pierce. Applicants are asked to s submit a performance and training resume, letters of recommendation, and a video or audio recording.

New Jersey

Drew University

Madison, NJ

Name of Scholarship: Presidential Scholarship in the Arts

Amount: $20,000 total ($5,000 per year for four years)

Description: Awarded to students who have demonstrate exceptional talent in art, music, creative writing, dance, or theater arts (including acting, design, and playwriting). Recipients are not required to major in an artistic field but are required to participate in the arts while in college.

New Mexico

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

Name of Scholarship: Harriet and John D. Robb Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to an incoming freshman with talents in musical performance or composition. Recipients must plan to major in music.

Name of Scholarship: Nancy and Howard Stump Endowed Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to an incoming freshman pursuing a degree in instrumental music. The award is based on talent and need.

New York

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Geneva, NY

Name of Scholarship: Arts Scholarships

Amount: $3,000-$17,000 annually

Description: Awarded by the fine arts faculty in dance, music, creative writing, theatre, architecture, and studio art to students who demonstrate excellence in one of these areas. Applicants do not need to plan on majoring in one of these fields but must intend on continuing to participate in these areas during college.

North Carolina

Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC

Name of Scholarship: Music Scholarship

Amount: $1,000-$16,000

Description: Awarded to incoming students with outstanding musical ability who intend to major or minor in music. Applicants must audition on the campus or in exceptional circumstances, submit a recorded tape. Students are also asked to submit a reference from a music teacher. Applicants are evaluated based on general musicianship, technical proficiency, and level of repertoire. Academic achievement and citizenship are also considered.

Name of Scholarship: John Preston Davis Art Full-Tuition Scholarship

Amount: Full tuition renewable annually

Description: Awarded to students planning to major in Studio Art, Art History, or Design. Students are asked to submit an essay and provide a letter of recommendation from an art teacher. Finalists will be invited to an interview where they are asked to present their art portfolio.

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Name of Scholarship: Presidential Scholarships

Amount: $16,000 renewable annually

Number of Awards: 20

Description: Awarded to students who demonstrate a solid academic background and extraordinary achievement in dance, music, art, theatre, and debate. Students are not required to major in the achievement area but should plan on participating in the activity in college.

Name of Scholarship: The Russell Brantley Scholarship for Writing

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with exceptional talent in writing

North Dakota

University of Jamestown

Jamestown, ND

Name of Scholarship: Fine Arts Participation Award

Amount: $500-$2,500 annually

Description: Awarded to students who demonstrate abilities in music, theatre, and art and who plan to participate in these areas during college

Name of Scholarship: Dance Activity Award

Amount: $2,000

Description: Awarded to students who demonstrate abilities in dance in dance during college

Name of Scholarship: Music Major Award

Amount: $3,000-$6,500 annually

Description: Awarded to students who demonstrate musical ability and plan to major in music

Name of Scholarship: The Student Media Scholarship

Amount: $500-$2,500

Description: Awarded to students who have talents in media production and business activities and who plan on participating in media related activities for an organization (including student publications, the campus radio station, among others)

Ohio

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

Name of Scholarship: Studio Art Scholarships

Amount: $15,000 renewable annually

Description: Awarded based on a demonstrated exemplary ability in studio art. Recipients are expected to take studio art courses each year but are not required to major in studio art.

Name of Scholarship: Music Scholarships

Amount: $15,000 renewable annually

Description: Awarded based on a demonstrated exemplary ability in any instrumental or vocal category in which the Department of Music offers private instruction. Recipients are not required to major in music but are expected to take private lessons each semester and take at least one music course each semester.

Name of Scholarship: Kenyon Writing Award

Amount: $15,000 renewable annually

Description: Awarded based on demonstrated writing ability. The winner is selected based on an evaluation of the Common Application essay as well as any other submitted materials.

Name of Scholarship: S. Georgia Nugent Award in Creative Writing

Amount: $15,000 renewable annually

Description: Awarded based on demonstrated creative writing ability. The winner is selected based on an evaluation of the Common Application as well as any other submitted materials.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City, OK

Name of Scholarship: Talent Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with talents in dance performance, dance management, music, art (studio, graphic, or photography), moving arts (film production and film studies), or theatre.

Oregon

Willamette University

Salem, OR

Name of Scholarship: Music Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with exceptional musical abilities. Recipients are not required to major in music.

Name of Scholarship: Forensics Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded based on debate accomplishments in high school

Name of Scholarship: Theatre Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students who have demonstrated a serious commitment to theatre and who plan to devote a major commitment to theatre in college

Pennsylvania

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Name of Scholarship: Performing Arts Scholarships in Instrumental Music

Amount: $3,000 renewable annually

Description: Recognizes students with exceptional musical talent. The scholarship is open to students enrolled in any major or program.

Name of Scholarship: Performing Arts Scholarships in Theatre

Amount: $3,000 renewable annually

Description: Recognizes students with exceptional talent in the theatre arts including performance, design, technical, and playwriting.

Name of Scholarship: Cutler-Sametz Choral Arts Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Recognizes talented singers who are interested in joining the University Choir.

Name of Scholarship: Snyder Family Marching 97 Scholarships

Amount: $1,000-$2,500

Description: Awarded to students who demonstrate musical talent and leadership skills. Recipients are expected to participate in the marching band.

Rhode Island

Roger Williams University

Bristol, RI

Name of Scholarship: Judge Thomas J. Paolino Theatre/Arts Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students who display excellence in the visual or performing arts

Name of Scholarship: Mary J. Staab Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students who demonstrate a strong interest in theater or dance and who have strong academic accomplishments and demonstrate financial need.

South Carolina

Furman University

Greenville, SC

Name of Scholarship: Art Department Scholarships

Amount: $1,000-$14,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students who wish to actively participate in the art department (as either majors or non-majors) based on the review of an art portfolio

Name of Scholarship: Music Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with exceptional music abilities (open to majors and non-majors)

Name of Scholarship: Theatre Arts Scholarships

Amount: At least $10,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students who show a commitment to theatre arts and a desire to major in theatre arts

South Dakota

Northern State University

Aberdeen, SD

Name of Scholarship: Art Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with exceptional art portfolios and a solid academic background

Name of Scholarship: Music Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded students with exceptional music abilities. Students are not required to major in music and are selected via an audition process either in-person or by submitting a CD/DVD.

Tennessee

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Name of Scholarship: Music Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with musical talent who plan to major in music. Recipients are determined based on their level of musical involvement, performance at an audition, and their academic records.

Name of Scholarship: Art Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with talents in art who plan to major in art. Recipients are determined based on a portfolio, personal interview, and their academic records.

Texas

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX

Name of Scholarship: Baker Duncan Scholarships

Amount: $2,000-$10,000 per semester, renewable each semester

Description: Awarded to students who have displayed talent in art, debate, theatre in music.

Name of Scholarship: Trinity Music Scholarship

Amount: $1,000-$9,000 renewable annually

Description: Awarded to both music majors and non-majors who have demonstrated exceptional musical abilities

Name of Scholarship: Urban Debate League Scholarship

Amount: $5,000 per semester, renewable each semester

Description: Awarded to students who have been involved in competitive debate

Utah

Westminster College

Salt Lake City, UT

Name of Scholarship: Talent Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with talents in theatre and music based on an audition

Vermont

Green Mountain College

Poultney, VT

Name of Scholarship: Creative Arts Scholarship

Amount: up to $5,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students with superior talent in the creative arts as demonstrated in an art portfolio, DVD, CD, or cassette submitted with one’s application.

Virginia

University of Richmond

Richmond, VA

Name of Scholarship: Music and Theatre/Dance Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding promise in the study of music or theatre/dance

Washington

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

Name of Scholarship: Campbell Music Scholarships

Amount: $500-$4,000 annually

Description: Awarded by the Music Department and available to students planning to major in any field

Name of Scholarship: The Higley Scholarship

Amount: $1,000-$8,000 annually

Description: Awarded by the Music Department to students who plan to major in music

West Virginia

Bethany College

Bethany, West Virginia

Name of Scholarship: Marching Band/Choir Scholarship

Amount: $750

Description: Awarded to students who participate in the college band or choir

Wisconsin

Lawrence University

Appleton, WI

Name of Scholarship: Music Scholarships

Amount: $15,000-$22,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students who plan on enrolling in the Conservatory of Music based on an audition

Name of Scholarship: Music Education Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students who plan to enroll in the Conservatory of Music with an interest in the Music Education major.

Name of Scholarship: Composition Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to accomplished student composers who plan to enroll in the Conservatory of Music who wish to major in Theory/Competition. Applicants are asked to submit three music stores, a statement of compositional interests and goals, and a list of compositions.

Name of Scholarship: Piano Accompanying Fellowships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to highly gifted pianists who plan to enroll in the Conservatory of Music. Recipients must provide accompanying services 10 to 12 hours per week in ensembles and individual studios.

Name of Scholarship: Ensemble Awards

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to students with strong musical talents who are not pursuing a music degree. Students must participate in one major ensemble.

Name of Scholarship: Ted Cloak Century Scholarship

Amount: up to $5,000 annually

Description: Awarded to students with talents in acting or design and technical theatre who plan to participate in theatre at Lawrence

Wyoming

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

Name of Scholarship: Art Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Description: Awarded to prospective art majors with outstanding talents in the visual arts

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