Scholarships in FPA


Grace Keenan Scholarship

Creighton University offers $4,000 scholarships, given by the Grace Keenan Endowment to the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Grace Keenan was a retired teacher and lover of the arts who opened her door and heart to Creighton students. The renewable scholarship will be awarded to incoming freshmen who intend to major or minor in visual or performing arts. In order to renew the scholarship beyond sophomore year, students must declare a major or minor in one of the arts - Art, Dance, Music, Musical Theatre and Theatre. A cumulative 2.5 GPA is required for renewal.

Application Process

Applications for the Keenan Scholarship can be submitted online through the Creighton Admissions Student portal.

Student Portal

Submission deadline date for consideration for the 2020-2021 academic year is January 5, 2020 and the audition date is Sunday, January 26, 2020. Applicants are strongly encouraged to audition in person. In the event of inclement weather, candidates will be contacted to make other arrangements.

Required materials for Keenan Application:

  1. Fine and Performing Arts Resume
  2. Scholarship Essay
  3. Letter of Recommendation (recommended, but not required)
  4. Audition or Art Portfolio Review

All applicants are required to complete an audition or portfolio review. Auditions and portfolio review interviews will be conducted on campus by Creighton faculty from corresponding departments during the College of Arts and Sciences Special Programs Day held on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Auditions will be conducted between 11 am and 4 pm. If you are unable to attend the Special Programs Day, an audition or portfolio interview can be completed during a campus visit prior to the on campus audition day, or a video audition or art portfolio can be submitted online by January 5, 2020. View audition requirements here.

For more information, please contact Michael McCandless at 402-280-2498 or

Marion G. Jeffrey Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior Creighton student with a declared major in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.  Financial need is a requirement, and recommendation of candidates will be made by the Department Chair to the Director of Financial Aid.  The award may be renewed by continued eligibility and the recommendation of the Department Chair.

Leo Vincent Jacks Scholarship

The Leo Vincent Jacks Scholarship in Classical Languages is a $2,000 renewable scholarship awarded to incoming freshmen who have an interest in the study of the ancient languages and plan to pursue the Classical Languages Major at Creighton University. Select the link here to learn more about the application requirements.

Scheerer Scholars in the Arts


The Scheerer Scholars in the Arts program is centered on the Ignatian values of Creighton University and on the Department of Fine and Performing Artsí mission. The program is grounded in the belief that the arts are a vital component of contemporary culture and the artist/scholar is an active citizen within that culture. In particular, the Scheerer Scholars represent a commitment to the arts as a vehicle for empowerment and social justice. By applying research methods and studio art practice these Scholars incite civic participation through community partnerships, activism and scholarly research.

Application process:

Current Creighton first year (Freshman) students will be nominated by faculty to apply for the Scheerer Scholars in the Arts Program through a competitive application process. After review of applications by the entire Studio Art and Art History faculty, students are selected based on merit, fit, and academic excellence. Students selected to participate in the Program enroll in a zero credit seminar in the spring semester of their first year, receive a modest stipend and will be recognized as Scheerer Scholars throughout their academic careers at Creighton. The seminar provides students with special programming designed to enrich the learning experience. This programming also provides valuable information about careers in the Visual Arts and includes tours of local arts organizations (such as the Joslyn Art Museum, The Union for Contemporary Art, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and the Kaneko) as well as arts centered service opportunities both on and off campus.

All Scheerer Scholars who successfully complete the seminar will be eligible to apply to the Scheerer Fellowship Program. As a Scheerer Fellow, students will receive a $4,000 annual scholarship, renewable for up to three years. To maintain the scholarship award students must be accepted as a major in either Studio Art or Art History, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and participate in department and program initiatives. Scheerer Fellows are required to present their independent creative and/or scholarly research thesis in their senior year.

For more information about Scheerer Scholars in the Arts contact:

Amy M. Nelson, MFA
Director, Scheerer Scholars in the Arts program
Associate Professor of Fine and Performing Arts
Department of Fine and Performing Arts - Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences