Scholarships, Assistantships, and Fellowships

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is proud to offer a wide variety of scholarships to incoming students. Click on the headings above to find out more about our offerings.

Please note that these awards are talent-based awards. Need-based financial aid is available at UNCG through the Financial Aid Office. Click here to find out more about the availability of this financial aid, and to learn more about the application process.

Creating a Music Scholarship

The Departments of Music, in collaboration with the UNCG Excellence Foundation, steward many private scholarships and fellowships that are awarded based on a student's musical ability. The funds in endowed scholarship and fellowship endowments are permanently invested with 4.25% made available annually to fund the actual scholarships/fellowships. These endowments provide stable, dependable, and permanent sources of financial support, protected from the uncertainties of state funding, tuition or other factors. Generally, a minimum of $25,000 is required to establish an endowed undergraduate scholarship and $50,000 to create an endowed graduate award.

Music

Application

No separate application for undergraduate scholarships is necessary. Scholarships are offered and awarded based upon the application and audition. Note: to qualify, you must audition no later than the last Audition Day - late auditions will not be considered for scholarships.

Awards

Minerva Music Scholarship

Available for the 2012-2013 school year to first-year incoming students. This scholarship covers up to full in-state tuition for four years.

Click here for more information on the Minerva Scholarship

William F. Black Scholarship In Jazz Studies

Awarded to talented and deserving undergraduate students who are majoring in Jazz Studies.

Jonathan Randall Black Music Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate students in Music with a preference for graduates of Pinecrest High School (Pinehurst, NC).

Dr. John Boda Music Composition Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music Composition, with a preference for juniors or seniors.

Susan Elizabeth Brown Music Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate students majoring in Music.

Burke Endowed Scholarship In Clarinet

Awarded on the basis of merit to a student in Music whose principal instrument is clarinet.

Burlington Industries Music Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music.

Anne Johnson Byrd '45 Music Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of financial need, talent and/or academic performance to full-time undergraduate students majoring in Music. Preference given to students from Harnett County, NC.

Marie Cranford Carter Music Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate students majoring in Music.

Barbara & Herman Cone Jr. Music Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate students majoring in Music.

Alyse Smith Cooper Music Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music, with a preference for students who are majoring in voice, piano, or organ.

Patricia Haines Copley Music Scholarship

Awarded to a student in Music whose principal instrument is piano.

Marion Stedman Covington Music Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of academic achievement and/or musical talent to undergraduate students majoring in Music.

Elizabeth Cowling Music Scholarship

Awarded primarily on the basis of academic achievement to students in Music. Financial need may also be considered in selecting recipients.

Richard Cox Vocal Arts Scholarship

Awarded to students in Music who are voice majors, concentrating in choral conducting or pedagogical studies, opera performance, or other vocal arts concentrations.

UNCG Double Reed Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate students in Music whose principal instrument is oboe or bassoon.

Hermene Warlick Eichorn Music Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music.

Matthew E. Russ And Ann Fitzmaurice-Russ Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate students majoring Psychology; Sociology; and Jazz Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts; and to graduate students in the Creative Writing Program in the English Department. Scholarship will rotate among these departments, so that each department makes awards once every four years.

Louise G. Fleming '41 and Dr. Thomas S. Fleming Music Scholarship

Awarded to talented and deserving undergraduate students in Music, who are majoring in Music Performance or Music Education.

A.J. Fletcher Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music.

Elizabeth "Betty" Shipmen Bennet Flute Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate students in Music who are majoring in flute.

Lewis J. Gaskin Family Harp Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate students in Music whose major instrument is Harp.

James Maurice And Sallie Steelman Godbey Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need to undergraduate students majoring in Music. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA for renewal of scholarship.

Elizabeth D. Harris Memorial Scholarship In Music

Awarded on the basis of academic achievement to undergraduate students majoring in Music Education. Financial need may be a factor in selecting recipients.

Roslyn Southerland Harris Music Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music.

Lawrence E. And Alma Louise Knuckey Hart Graduate Fellowship in Music

Awarded to graduate students majoring in Music.

Ila A. Hensley, Virginia Jeter Sneed & Virginia Elizabeth Sneed Music Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music.

Hester Undergraduate Music Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music.

Margaret Mcconnell Holt Music Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of academic achievement to students majoring in Music, with preference for students studying violin.

Martha Jordan Jones Piano Performance Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Piano Performance in the Music Performance Department.

Stan Kenton Memorial Jazz Studies Scholarship

Awarded primarily on the basis of financial need to students studying Jazz in the Music Performance Department.

Dr. George A. & Suzanne T. Kiorpes Piano Scholarship

Awarded to talented and deserving undergraduate student majoring in Piano. May Scholarship may be renewable up to 4 years if recipient maintains satisfactory musical progress and academic standing.

Carolyn M. & Clayton Lee Piano Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music whose principal instrument is piano.

Cramer and Rebecca Taylor Little Music Scholarship

Awarded to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in Music.

Linton/Cooke Family Music Scholarship

Awarded to voice students majoring in Music Education with a concentration in Choral/General Music Education. Recipients will be sophomores and NC residents.

Shirley Golden Lynch & Bert G. Lynch Music Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music, with preference for students who have financial need.

Marion Moring Stedman Music Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate students majoring in Music.

Mock, Dallas & Birch Music Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate students in Music with a preference for those whose major instrument is piano or organ.

Grace Van Dyke More Music Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduate students with financial need whose major is Music Education.

Edwin Phillip & Inga Borgstrom Morgan Piano Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music whose principal instrument is piano.

David Moskowitz Music Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music whose principal instrument is a string instrument.

Music Student And Faculty Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music.

Musical Arts Guild Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music.

Music Departments - Dean's Award

Awarded to students majoring in Music, with preference for students whose principal instrument is piano.

Music Departments General Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music.

Presser Foundation Music Scholarship

Awarded to a rising senior student majoring in Music.

Laura B. & Christopher C. Tew Viola Scholarship

Awarded to talented and deserving students majoring in Music whose major instrument is Viola.

Elizabeth Fulton Van Noppen Music Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of academic achievement and musical talent to students majoring in Music Education. Financial need may be a consideration in making selections.

Bo Williams & Ish Brady Music Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of financial need to students majoring in Music.

Dr. Lenoir C. Wright Music Scholarship

Awarded to students, enrolled full-time, majoring in Music.

Tom Zirker Memorial Flute Scholarship

Awarded to talented and deserving undergraduate students majoring in Music whose principal instrument is flute.

Theatre

Application

All UNCG Theatre scholarships require submission of the separate application form.

Awards

Dr. & Mrs. Edward Gerock Boyette Theatre Production Scholarship

Established by Kathleen Burton Boyette in memory of her parents, this scholarship is for students pursuing BA or BFA training in Theatre Design & Technical Production or Theatre Technical Production.

John and Mary Burns Scholarship

Established by the John and Mary Burns Foundation to recognize either an undergraduate or graduate student with interest and talent in Musical Theatre.

Herman Middleton Scholarship

Established in 1996 to honor Professor Emeritus Herman Middleton who was a major force in the development of UNCG Theatre from 1956 to his retirement in 1990.  Awarded annually to a junior majoring in Theatre.

Raymond Taylor Scholarship

"Teacher Taylor" joined the faculty in 1921-22 and his ground- breaking work led to the establishment of the Drama Department in 1954.  Awarded annually to a freshman majoring in Theatre.

Betty Jean Jones Professional Development Fund

Endowment established to honor the memory of Dr. Jones, assisting students with funding related to professional activity, such as purchasing design art supplies or attending conferences, symposia, internships, auditions and study abroad. Pick up separate form from Neil to apply for funds.

National, Regional, and Local Performing Arts Scholarships

Note: these scholarships are not affiliated with UNCG.

National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts-Young Arts

World Studio AIGA Arts Scholarship

Outer Banks Community Foundation (NC)

Secondary School Scholarship-SouthEastern Theatre Conference

Polly Holliday Award-SouthEastern Theatre Conference

Young Scholar's Award-SouthEastern Theatre Conference

North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship

Dance

Application

Each of UNCG's Dance scholarships has a separate application form. See the description of each scholarship for the file link.

Awards

Dr. John T. and Mary Louise Lowe Burns Memorial Scholarship in Dance and Musical Theatre

  • Undergraduate students interested in careers in dance and musical theatre
  • Merit for financial need can be the primary consideration

The Dr. John T. and Mary Louise Lowe Burns Memorial Scholarship in Dance and Musical Theatre was established with gifts from their estates. Recipients of the scholarships will be students who have demonstrated an interest in preparing for careers in dance and musical theatre.

Application

Chauns Dance Scholarship

  • Entering full-time students majoring in Dance
  • Financial need (file a FAFSA)
  • Renewable for up to three years

The Chauns Dance Scholarship was established in 2008 with a bequest from Elizabeth Ellis Chauns, in memory of her husband, George Chauns.

Application

Cheney Scholarship in Dance Choreography

  • Entering or continuing full-time students majoring in Dance, with special talent for choreography within contemporary dance
  • Talented as measured by an audition given by the Dance Department
  • Minimum of 3.2 GPA
  • Financial need may be considered
  • Renewable through senior year

The Cheney Scholarship in Dance Choreography was established in 1997 with a gift from Dr. Gay Cheney, a UNCG professor in the Dance Department. Recipients are selected primarily for their choreographic potential and financial need.

Application

Melanie Feinstein Memorial Scholarship in Dance

  • Graduate or undergraduate student majoring in Dance
  • Commitment to using dance in a context of human liberation and social justice, and whose presence will increase the racial diversity of the Department
  • Financial need (file a FAFSA)

The Melanie Feinstein Memorial Scholarship in Dance was established with gifts from family, friends, and colleagues wanting the memory of a remarkable young woman to be honored in a manner reflective of the profound influence she had on their lives.

Application

Kimberly Renee Goodman Scholarship

  • Student majoring in Dance
  • Financial need (file a FAFSA)
  • Integrity and high moral character
  • Preference to students from North Carolina, particularly from Iredell County

The Kimberly Renee Goodman Scholarship was established in 1985 in memory of Ms. Goodman. Scholarships from this fund provide assistance to students majoring in Dance.

Application

Virginia Moomaw Dance Scholarship

  • Rising junior or senior majoring in Dance
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Reliable, enthusiastic, and professional

The Virginia Moomaw Dance Scholarship was established in 1975 in honor of Virginia Moomaw. The scholarship is for undergraduates or continuing education students in the Department of Dance within the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Application

The Phoebe Pegram Baughan - Phoebe Baughan Barr Scholarship in Dance

  • Entering or continuing full-time students majoring in Dance
  • Talented as measured by an audition given by the Dance Department
  • Minimum of 3.2 GPA
  • Financial need may be considered
  • Renewable through senior year

Application

Arts Administration

At this time the Arts Administration program does not offer scholarships for study within the field but general university scholarships like Blue & Gold awards may be applied toward tuition.

Music

Application

No separate application for graduate scholarships is necessary. Scholarships are offered and awarded based upon the application and audition. Note: to qualify, you must audition no later than the last Audition Day - late auditions will not be considered for scholarships.

Awards

Joel R. Adams & William P. Carroll Scholarship For Graduate Study In Music

Awarded to graduate students in Music who are majoring in Choral Conducting, Vocal Performance or Composition.

Doris Huffines Bernhardt Graduate Award In Music

Awarded to graduate students in Music.

William F. Black Scholarship In Jazz Studies

Awarded to talented and deserving undergraduate students who are majoring in Jazz Studies.

Burlington Industries Music Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music.

Todd Owen Carter Music Fund

Awarded to graduate music students with a preference for those majoring in choral or instrumental conducting.

Dorothy Buchanan Collins Fellowship In Music

Awarded primarily on the basis of academic achievement to graduate students in Music, with first preference given to those concentrating on vocal performance. Financial need will be an important secondary consideration in selecting recipients.

Richard Cox Vocal Arts Scholarship

Awarded to students in Music who are voice majors, concentrating in choral conducting or pedagogical studies, opera performance, or other vocal arts concentrations.

Hermene Warlick Eichorn Music Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music.

A.J. Fletcher Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music.

Roslyn Southerland Harris Music Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music.

Lawrence E. And Alma Louise Knuckey Hart Graduate Fellowship In Music

Awarded to graduate students majoring in Music.

Ila A. Hensley, Virginia Jeter Sneed & Virginia Elizabeth Sneed Music Scholarship

Awarded to students majoring in Music.

Cramer and Rebecca Taylor Little Music Scholarship

Awarded to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in Music.

Joy Culbreth Morrison Graduate Fellowship In Music

Awarded to a graduate student majoring in Music.

Theatre

Application

All UNCG Theatre scholarships require submission of the separate application form.

Awards

Kay Brown Barrett Theatre for Youth Scholarship

Established in 1996 to honor Kay Brown Barrett, a distinguished talent scout, agent, and great friend of the arts. Awarded annually to a third year MFA Theatre for Youth student.

John and Mary Burns Scholarship

Established by the John and Mary Burns Foundation to recognize either an undergraduate or graduate student with interest and talent in Musical Theatre.

Kathryn McA. England Scholarship

Professor England taught voice and diction, oral interpretation, and was a much-respected director who was on the faculty from 1942 to 1975. Awarded annually to an MFA student in Theatre.

Betty Jean Jones Professional Development Fund

Endowment established to honor the memory of Dr. Jones, assisting students with funding related to professional activity, such as purchasing design art supplies or attending conferences, symposia, internships, auditions and study abroad. Pick up separate form from Neil to apply for funds.

Dance

Application

Each of UNCG's Dance scholarships has a separate application form. See the description of each scholarship for the file link.

Awards

Melanie Feinstein Memorial Scholarship in Dance

  • Graduate or undergraduate student majoring in Dance
  • Commitment to using dance in a context of human liberation and social justice, and whose presence will increase the racial diversity of the Department
  • Financial need (file a FAFSA)
  • Distance students are not eligible

The Melanie Feinstein Memorial Scholarship in Dance was established with gifts from family, friends, and colleagues wanting the memory of a remarkable young woman to be honored in a manner reflective of the profound influence she had on their lives.

Application

Fellowships

The UNCG Graduate School offers a limited number of fellowships to students with high GPAs and GRE scores. These are campus-wide awards and are quite competitive. Each year, a small number of music students usually receive the largest awards, which are $20,000 per academic year plus tuition waivers and health insurance. There is no work assignment for students on Fellowship. Students must be nominated by our faculty in order to be considered for these awards.

The deadline for fellowship consideration is February 1st. For additional information, please contact the appropriate departmental Director of Graduate studies:

Interested students must be fully admitted to UNCG and have completed the application and audition process by Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Music Graduate Assistantships

Application

OPTION ONE: Submit the online Application for Graduate Assistantship form

OPTION TWO: If the above form does not work, you may download a PDF copy of the Graduate Assistantship in Music application form (.PDF format, 741.06 KB), and submit with your other application materials as detailed in the application process.

The deadline for graduate assistantship consideration is Saturday, February 24, 2018. An on-campus audition or interview is required for all Graduate Assistant applicants.


Details and Amounts

It is the policy of the College of Visual and Performing Arts that any and all financial assistance awarded to graduate students has one major purpose: to provide academically deserving students with financial assistance so they may pursue their professional studies at UNCG. Consequently, the College of Visual and Performing Arts and its faculty strive to ensure that the graduate assistantship assignments are: (1) academically and professionally rewarding to the student; (2) well within the capabilities of the student; and (3) directly related to the School's teaching, research, service, and administrative operations. Recipients of stipends, whether holders of fellowships or assistantships, must be full-time students during the entire appointment period. Each Graduate Assistant has a work assignment of 20 hours per week.

Master's Degrees: $5,350
Doctoral Degrees: $9,350

In-State and Out-of-State Tuition Waivers may be available. Additional University fees are not covered by tuition waivers.


Assistantship Descriptions

In some cases, more than one vacancy may exist for these positions. Even if there is no dedicated assistantship available for your performance or scholarship area, other assistantships may be available, especially in theory and technology.

Many assistantship assignments will also include support services to other areas of the school in addition to the specific duties listed below.

Music Education

Those selected for these assistantship positions will work closely with the faculty in all aspects of the music education department, including classroom teaching, student teaching supervision, internship supervision, and working with researchers. Qualifications include superior interpersonal skills and a record of successful teaching. For full consideration, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit materials by November 1. Those interested in Music Education assistantship positions are encouraged to contact Dr. Patti Sink (psink@uncg.edu).

Music Performance

Voice

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The graduate student(s) selected for this position may assist in applied and class voice instruction, diction, ensemble conducting, opera, and vocal area support. Qualifications include a superior performance ability and record of successful teaching.


Keyboard

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Piano, Organ, or Collaborative, the graduate student(s) selected for these positions may assist in applied piano, organ, class piano, opera coaching, studio accompanying and additional support positions. Qualifications include a superior performance ability and record of successful teaching.


Flute

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The graduate student selected for this position may assist in applied and small ensemble instruction. Qualifications include a superior performance ability and record of successful teaching.


Oboe

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The graduate student selected for this position assists in support services in other areas of the Music Departments. Qualifications include a superior performance ability.


Clarinet

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The graduate student selected for this position assists in applied and small ensemble instruction. Qualifications include a superior performance ability and record of successful teaching.


Bassoon

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The graduate student selected for this position assists in support services in other areas of the School. Qualifications include a superior performance ability.


Saxophone

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The graduate student selected for this position may assist in applied and small ensemble instruction. Qualifications include a superior performance ability and record of successful teaching.


French Horn

The graduate student selected for this position may assist in applied and small ensemble instruction. Qualifications include a superior performance ability and record of successful teaching.


Trombone

The graduate student selected for this position assists in applied and small ensemble instruction. Qualifications include a superior performance ability and record of successful teaching.


Percussion

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The graduate student selected will assist in all areas of percussion including keyboard, timpani, snare drum, and multiple percussion. Typical duties may include applied instruction, small ensemble coaching, conducing a percussion ensemble. Knowledge of jazz drumset and ethnic percussion is helpful. Qualifications include a superior performance ability and record of successful teaching.


Composition

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The Composition Graduate Assistants will work closely with our composition faculty in all aspects of their program. This may include the electronic music studio, teaching composition classes, support work for the composition area, and working with the Contemporary Chamber Players.


Strings:

  • Graduate String Quartet - Violin
  • Graduate String Quartet - Viola
  • Graduate String Quartet - Cello

Qualifications for the Graduate Sting Quartet include superior performance ability, string quartet or other similar chamber ensemble experience, orchestral experience including section leadership and public performance experience. Typical duties include Graduate String Quartet presenting one on-campus and two off-campus performances per semester, section leader of appropriate instrument in UNCG Symphony Orchestra (responsible for fingerings, bowings, sectionals, etc.) and possibly assisting in applied and small ensemble instruction.


Violin

The graduate student selected for this position will perform in the University Orchestra and assist in applied and small ensemble instruction. Qualifications include a superior performance ability and record of successful teaching.

Viola

The graduate student selected for this position will perform in the University Orchestra and assist in applied and small ensemble instruction. Qualifications include a superior performance ability and record of successful teaching.

Cello

The graduate student selected for this position will perform in the University Orchestra and assist in applied and small ensemble instruction. Qualifications include a superior performance ability and record of successful teaching.

Bass

The graduate student selected for this position will perform in the University Orchestra and assist in applied and small ensemble instruction. Qualifications include a superior performance ability and record of successful teaching.

Conducting:

  • Orchestra
  • Choral
  • Band

The Conducting Graduate Assistants (Band, Choral and Orchestral) chose for these positions will have duties that may include conducting rehearsals and sectionals, assisting with or conducting a major ensemble, assisting or teaching conducting classes or other courses, and ensemble library work. Other assignments may include office work such as program notes, programs, and advertising.


Jazz

The graduate student selected for this position assists will assist professors with jazz music library maintenance, as well as grading and assisting in one or more undergraduate jazz classes. If the candidate has extensive performance experience he/she may be asked to coach one or more undergraduate jazz performance ensembles. Qualifications include experience in jazz performance, and acceptance into a graduate program in classical performance.

Music Studies

** Graduate students applying for other majors may also be eligible for assistantships in Music Studies if they meet the qualifications. **


Music Theory

The graduate students selected for these positions are often assigned to teach and tutor in the Freshman or Sophomore Music Theory and Ear Training sequence. Qualifications include a superior academic record, strong keyboard, vocal and aural skills, and advanced coursework in theory.

For more information on auditioning for a Theory assistantship, please see this form.

Applicants interested in a theory assistantship must contact Dr. Adam Ricci (adamricci@uncg.edu) to set up an interview with the music theory faculty


Old Time Ensemble

The graduate student selected for this position will assist with instruction and administration of the Old Time Ensemble, including managing aural repertoire resources, assisting with ensemble scheduling, and supervising student groups at rehearsals and performances. Qualifications include experience playing old time, bluegrass, blues or other aural musical traditions.

Theatre Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships, out-of-state fee waivers, and in-state fee waivers are awarded on a competitive basis. Awards and assignments are usually made for two semesters although, on occasion, one-semester assignments can be made. Most assistantship assignments require 20 hours of service per-week. For a comprehensive list of departmental assistantship assignments, see Appendix A. Students on assistantship are expected to keep an accurate weekly record of their hours. Whenever possible, assistantship assignments are related to the student's area of specialization. Assistantship performance is evaluated each semester. Continuation on assistantship involves satisfactory performance of assigned duties and satisfactory progress in the student's degree program. Students can be removed from their assistantship assignments if they are placed on probation of if they fail to perform their assigned duties in a responsible, professional and satisfactory manner.

Assistantship assignments are made by the Department Head in consultation with the faculty. MFA students are given priority over MEd students in making assistantship awards. Applications for assistantships are made early in spring semester and assignments in May. Application forms are available in the Department office.

Students fulfilling design assignments for THR 691 (THE 680) credit and holding assistantships in the technical theatre areas must be scrupulous in separating their assistantship responsibilities from the work necessary to successfully complete their 691 (680) assignment. Students should consult with their assistantship supervisor if they have questions.

Dance Graduate / Teaching Assistantships

Application

Selection Criteria

Assistants must meet admission standards for full acceptance in a Master's degree program. Successful applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA in previous undergraduate and/or graduate studies. Normally, assistantships are granted only to the most outstanding applicants. Since all assistants are required to fulfill a particular role in the department, evidence of experience and expertise is expected in one or more of the areas indicated on the graduate assistantship application form.

While TAs are generally awarded to excellent students, they are not necessarily given to those with the most teaching experience. Little teaching is done the first year and we mentor teaching through DCE 661: Pedagogy in Higher Education, DCE 662: Teaching Practicum, and through experience teaching Dance Appreciation. Assignments to teach particular classes are based on experience and ability, but most graduate assistants have other assigned duties in addition to teaching.

Students who are not awarded Teaching Assistantship may also take DCE 661 and 662 to gain teaching experience.

Distance students are not eligible for assistantships.


Notification

Applicants will be officially notified by the Graduate School if they are to be appointed as Graduate Assistants. Unofficial phone calls will be made by the graduate coordinator to confirm interest and the nature of the appointments before recommendations are forwarded to the Graduate School. Applicants not selected will be notified in writing. The notification process is usually completed by April.


Responsibilities

Graduate Assistants in dance may teach two 3-credit lecture courses, three 1-credit technique courses, or a combination of these. Often the teaching load is reduced and other assignments in the department are made, such as production support, administrative duties or faculty research assistance. Non-teaching assignments are based on 20 hours per week as a full load. For example, a graduate student teaching one 3-credit course would be assigned 9-10 hours of additional duties per week. All assignments are made by the department head. Graduate Assistants are considered half-time faculty, and are expected to carry a full course load of 6-10 semester hours. Graduate Assistants must complete DCE 661 in the first year of their assistantship. Outside employment while holding an assistantship is forbidden by the Graduate School.

Funded Opportunities

Scholarships: The Art Department has the following scholarships available:

  • Mary Cochrane Austin (Art Education Majors only, and need based);
  • Maud Gatewood (Painting Majors only; not need based);
  • Elizabeth Jastrow (recommended for Art History Majors);
  • Fred C. Pierce Memorial (can be awarded to a sophomore in any art discipline and is awarded each year until graduation);
  • Myrtle Reeves (Art Majors)

To be eligible for a scholarship you must fill out an Art Department application form and be at least a rising sophomore. If you are a transfer student you are eligible to apply for a scholarship after one year of study as an Art major. All scholarship recipients will have a GPA of 3.0 or above. For need based scholarships you must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Aid) application and this can be completed electronically.

** Scholarships are awarded once annually. Scholarship applications are due in to the Art Office by the end of February each year. Please check the financial aid webpage for additional information on each of these scholarships.

Artistic Merit Award