Special Talent Scholarships

Special Talent Scholarships in art & design, music, theatre, and writing are available to both incoming  freshman and transfer students to Mount Mercy.

$3,000 annual scholarships are available for incoming freshman.  The scholarships may be renewed each year for a total four-year value of $12,000. To be eligible, you must be admitted to Mount Mercy as full-time, degree-seeking students.

$2,000 annual scholarships are available for incoming transfer students.  The scholarships may be renewed each year for a total four-year value of $8,000. To be eligible, you must be admitted to Mount Mercy as full-time, degree-seeking students.

To apply for a Special Talent Scholarship please click on APPLY ONLINE below.

APPLY ONLINE

Requirements:

Talent Area Area-specific application requirements
Art & Design Interview session to review your portfolio of 10-12 artworks (any medium) plus any sketchbooks. Digital images of artworks may substitute for actual artworks.
Instrumental Music In-person audition or a recording of your performances. Instrumentalists should perform at least 5 minutes of music, solo or ensemble that demonstrates range and technical ability.
Theatre Arts In-person audition or a recording for performers of 1-2 minute monologue; interview/portfolio review for technicians and designers.
Vocal Music In-person audition or a recording of your performances. Vocalists should prepare one to two songs, solo or ensemble, that demonstrates range and vocal quality.
Writing

Submit three to 10 pages of sample work. May include more than one piece, and the samples may be from different categories of writing (fiction, editorials, poetry, features, essays about literature, etc.).

An interview session or audition is required for Art & Design, Instrumental Music, Theatre Arts, and Vocal Music. Telephone interviews, Skype exchanges, and similar electronic venues can also be used to accommodate busy schedules and travel complications. Don't be nervous - you share similar interests and passions with your reviewers, so no worries! Please know, however, that these are competitive scholarships. All students are encouraged to participate in clubs and organizations on campus that relate to these special talent areas, regardless of whether or not they have received a scholarship. Athletic scholarships are also considered Special Talent Scholarships and, as such, students cannot receive an award for both a sport and a talent area listed above.


Renewal criteria are set by the program coordinators and participation is reviewed annually, so be sure to discuss and understand how you will be contributing to these activities. Recipients need to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.30 for renewal, meet standard requirements for University financial aid awards, and successfully meet participation requirements.

Talent Area Area-specific renewal requirements
Art & Design Be an active member of the Art Club and participate in Art Club events and receptions. Take at least one class per year that focuses on fine arts, graphic design, or art education.
Instrumental Music Be a member of the University Band and participate in ensembles every semester.
Theatre Arts Be an active member of the Drama Club and participate in at least two theatrical activities a year.
Vocal Music Be a member of the University Choir and participate in ensembles every semester.
Writing

Serve on, and contribute to, at least one student publication each year (creative writing magazine, literary journal, newspaper); take at least one writing or literature class per year beyond composition; participate in at least two Visiting Writer Series events per year.

 

Questions? Contact us!

Art & Design Andrew Casto
Assistant Professor of Art
acasto@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323319-363-1323  ext. 1377
Instrumental Music Gerald Kreitzer
Director of Music Activities
gkreitzer@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323319-363-1323  ext. 1226
Theatre Arts Jason Alberty
Drama Coordinator
jalberty@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323319-363-1323 ext. 2598
Vocal Music Gerry Kreitzer
Director of Music Activities
gkreitzer@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323319-363-1323 ext. 1226
Writing Carol Tyx
Professor of English
ctyx@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323319-363-1323 ext. 1201
General Questions Office of Admissions admission@mtmercy.edu 319-368-6460319-368-6460