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

  • 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.
  • Can't make it to campus.  YouTube videos, recordings, and other venues can be used to accomodate busy schedules and travel complications.

Note: Students may only receive one music, creative talent or athletic scholarship in addition to their MMU academic award.  

Schedule your audition or upload your work! 

Art & Design Scholarship
Music Scholarship
Writing Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria and Renewal Requirements:

Talent Area  audition/application criteria renewal 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. 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
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. Be a member of the University Band and participate in University Band ensemble every semester.
Vocal Music 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. Be a member of the University Choir and participate in University Choir ensemble every semester.
Show Choir 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. Be a member of the Mount Mercy's Show Choir and participate in Show Choir ensemble every semester.
Writing Please submit up to 10 pages of sample work.  An ideal portfolio includes a wide variety of writings.  We're especially eager to see your creative writing (poetry, short stories, personal essays, novel excerpts), your journalism (editorials, features, movie or book reviews), or any essays about literature. 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.
     

 * Participation is reviewed annually and renewal is determined by each program coordinator. Recipients must meet standard requirements for University financial aid awards and successfully meet participation requirements.

Questions? Contact us!

Art & Design Kathryn Hagy
Professor of Art
khagy@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323 ext. 1225
Instrumental Music: Band
Steve Stickney
Director of Bands
sstickney@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323 ext. 1864
Vocal Music Gerry Kreitzer
Director of Music Activities
gkreitzer@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323 ext. 1226
Show Choir Kent Keating
Show Choir Director
kkeating@mtmercy.edu 319-363-1323 ext. 1866
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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