Scholarships in FPA

FINE and PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS


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. Students are permitted to apply to only one area of the Keenan Scholarship.

Application Process

Submission deadline date for consideration for the 2021- 2022 academic year is January 5, 2021. Applications are available for incoming freshman in their Admissions Student portal

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
    • Due to the continuing impacts of Covid-19, we have altered our application and audition process for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please see below for specific requirements per scholarship area.

For more information please contact Amanda McHendry at amandamchendry@creighton.edu

Studio Art

Studio Art

All applicants must upload a Studio Art Portfolio. The Grace Keenan Scholarship Art Portfolio should consist of at least 10 pieces of original artwork and include a table of contents or list of works. The table of contents/list of works should include the applicant’s name, title of work (if applicable), dimensions, media used (i.e. acrylic, graphite, clay etc.), and year completed.

For 2021 applicants: All portfolio interviews will be conducted virtually on Saturday, January 30th . Applicants will receive an email in early January to sign up for an interview to be conducted via Zoom. You will begin the interview with a brief presentation describing your portfolio and the Studio Arts Faculty will ask you questions about your work and yourself.

Dance

Dance

Dance Auditions will be held in person on Saturday, January 23rd at 11 am. Applicants will receive an email in early January to RSVP for an in-person audition.

We understand that the continuing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic may impact your ability to attend an in-person audition. If you are unable to attend an in person audition date, please contact amandamchendry@creighton.edu to arrange an alternative dance audition.

Music

Music

All applicants are required to upload a recorded Music audition. Select applicants will be invited to complete a second round in-person audition on Saturday, January 30th. All applicants will be notified by January 8th if they have advanced to the second round of music auditions.

Students invited to a second-round audition will perform live in person or via Zoom on January 30th. We understand that the continuing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic may prohibit your ability to attend an in-person second-round audition.

Video Audition specifications:

Instrumental Music

  • Instrumentalists need to perform two solos or etudes in contrasting styles

Vocal Music

  • Vocalists need to perform two solo pieces in contrasting styles
  • Songs should be memorized
  • Please no original compositions or a cappella pieces

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre

All applicants are required to upload a recorded Musical Theatre audition. Select applicants will be invited to complete a second round in-person audition on Saturday, January 23rd. All applicants will be notified by January 8th if they have advanced to the second round of Musical Theatre auditions. The second round audition will include a dance call.

Students invited to a second-round audition will perform live in person or via Zoom on January 30th. We understand that the continuing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic may prohibit your ability to attend an in-person second-round audition.

Video Audition Specifications:

Theatre

  • Perform two contrasting monologues (classical to contemporary; comedy or drama) of one minute each.

Music

  • 1 Ballad (a 32 bar selection from a Musical)
  • 1 Up-tempo (a 32 bar selection from a Musical)

Theatre

Theatre

Theatre:

All applicants are required to upload a recorded Theatre audition. Select applicants will be invited to complete a second round in-person audition on Saturday, January 23rd. All applicants will be notified by January 8th if they have advanced to the second round of Theatre auditions.

Students invited to a second-round audition will perform live in person or via Zoom on January 30th. We understand that the continuing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic may prohibit your ability to attend an in-person second-round audition.

Video Audition specifications:

Performance

  • Perform 2 monologues in contrasting styles (classical to contemporary; comedy or drama) of one minute each

Technical/Design

  • Upload a design portfolio or Stage Manager's prompt book.

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

Overview:

The Scheerer Scholars in the Arts program is centered on the Ignatian values of Creighton University and on the Department of Fine and Performing Arts’ 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
AmyNelson@creighton.edu
402-280-2510