Use your talents at Mount Mercy University!  Scholarships open to both incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Band, Choir, and Show Choir Scholarships: Amount determined by director
Art & Design, Theatre, and Writing Scholarships: $2,000 - $3,000


  • Music scholarship amounts for both new freshmen and transfer students will be 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.
  • All scholarships are renewable for up to 4 years.
  • To be eligible, you must be admitted to Mount Mercy as full-time, degree-seeking student.
  • See audition/interview and renewal requirements below.
  • Auditions/interviews offered individually after student is admitted, and as part of Scholarship Day on November 5, 2016 or February 18, 2017.
  • Priority date for freshmen audition/interviews is March 1.
  • Open to all majors. Please see audition/application 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: 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 a talent area (music, art & design, theatre and writing).
  • Schedule an audition or submit your portfolio/writings here.


Audition/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 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 For Choir and Show Choir scholarships.   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.

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
Be a member of the University Band and participate in ensembles 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 ensembles every semester.
Show Choir Be a member of the Mount Mercy's Show 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 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