Art & Design, Music, Theatre, and Writing Scholarships

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

  • Annual scholarships of up to $3,000 are available for incoming freshman, with a total four-year value of $12,000.
  • Annual scholarships of up to $2,000 are available for incoming transfer students, with a total four-year value of $8,000.
  • To be eligible, you must be admitted to Mount Mercy as full-time, degree-seeking student.
  • Auditions/interviews offered individually after student is admitted, and as part of Scholarship Day on February 20, 2016.
  • Priority date for freshmen audition/interviews is March 1.
  • Open to all majors. Please see area requirements and renewal criteria below.
  • Can't make it to campus? Telephone interviews, Skype exchanges, audio/visual recordings, and similar electronic venues can also be used to accommodate busy schedules and travel complications.
  • Note: 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.
  • Schedule an audition or submit your portfolio/writings here.

 

Application Requirements:

Talent Area Area-specific application requirements
Art & Design Submit a portfolio of 10-12 artworks (any medium) plus any sketchbooks (optional). Digital images of artworks may substitute for actual artworks. An interview with faculty (phone/Skype/in person) will be scheduled post submission.
Instrumental Music Band and Handbells: 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 perform at least 5 minutes of music, solo or ensemble that demonstrates range and technical ability.
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.).



Renewal Criteria:

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: Band
Be a member of the University Band and participate in ensembles every semester.
Instrumental Music: Handbells
Be a member of the Handbell Ensemble 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, or 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 Kathryn Hagy
Professor of Art
khagy@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323 ext. 1225
Instrumental Music: Band
Gerald Kreitzer
Director of Music Activities
gkreitzer@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323 ext. 1226
Instrumental Music: Handbells
Carolyn Sternowski
Coordinator of Music Ministry
csternowski@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323 ext. 1848
Theatre Arts Jason Alberty
Drama Coordinator
jalberty@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323 ext. 2598
Vocal Music Gerry Kreitzer
Director of Music Activities
gkreitzer@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323 ext. 1226
Writing Mary Vermillion
Professor of English
vermill@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323 ext. 1253
General Questions Office of Admissions admission@mtmercy.edu 319-368-6460
or 800-248-4504

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