Find, nurture, and expand your musical horizons while earning scholarship dollars!

Music and theatre auditions are offered individually after a student is admitted. Students are invited to audition at the fall and spring Scholarship Days. Can't make it to campus? YouTube videos, recordings, and other venues can be used to accommodate busy schedules and travel complications.

  • Scholarships are open to incoming freshmen and transfer students, no matter the major.
  • Music scholarships for both new freshmen and transfer students are determined by the band, choir, or show choir director.
  • For other areas, yearly scholarships of up to $3,000 for incoming freshman and up to $2,000 for transfer students are available.
  • To be eligible, you must be admitted to Mount Mercy as a full-time, degree-seeking student.
  • Priority date for freshmen audition/interviews is March 1.

Note: Students can only receive one type of talent scholarship. Athletic scholarships are also considered Special Talent Scholarships and, as such, students cannot receive an award for both a sport and talent area (music, art & design, theatre, and writing).

Audition/Application Requirements:

Talent Area Area-specific application requirements
Art & Design Submit a portfolio of 10–12 artworks (any medium) plus sketchbooks (optional). Digital images of work may substitute for actual work. An interview with faculty via phone/Skype/in person will be scheduled post submission.
Instrumental Music In-person audition or a recording of your performances will be accepted. 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 of a 1–2 minute monologue will be accepted for performers. Interview and portfolio review will be accepted for technicians and designers.
Vocal Music For Choir and Show Choir scholarships, an in-person audition or a performance recording will be accepted. Vocalists should perform at least 5 minutes of music, solo, or ensemble that demonstrates range and technical ability.

Submit 3–10 pages of sample work. You 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:

Participation is reviewed annually and renewal is determined by each program coordinator. Recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.30 for renewal, meet standard requirements for University financial aid awards, and successfully meet participation requirements (below).

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 1 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 University Band ensemble every semester.
Theatre Arts Assist in the theatre 2 hours each week, participate in at least two theatrical activities a year, and be an active member of the Drama Club.
Vocal Music Be a member of the University Choir and participate in University Choir ensemble every semester.
Show Choir Be a member of the Mount Mercy's Show Choir and participate in Show Choir ensemble every semester.
Writing Serve on, and contribute to, at least 1 student publication each year (Paha Review or Mount Mercy Times); take at least 1 writing or literature class per year beyond composition; participate in at least 2 Visiting Writer Series events per year.


Questions? Contact us!

Art & Design Kathryn Hagy
Professor of Art 319-363-1323 ext. 1225
Instrumental Music: Band
Steve Stickney
Director of Bands 319-363-1323 ext. 1864
Theatre Arts Jason Alberty
Drama Coordinator 319-363-1323 ext. 2598
Vocal Music Gerry Kreitzer
Director of Music Activities 319-363-1323 ext. 1226
Show Choir Kent Keating
Show Choir Director 319-363-1323 ext. 1866
Writing Mary Vermillion
Professor of English 319-363-1323 ext. 1253
General Questions Office of Admissions 319-368-6460
or 800-248-4504