Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships

UMaine offers scholarship opportunities to applicants with demonstrated talent in the visual and performing arts, including art, music, theatre, and dance. These $3,000 scholarships (annual award) are awarded based on the following eligibility criteria.  Please view the information for instructions on how to apply.

Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

How to Apply

University of Maine Art Scholarship

  • Scholarship recipients must enroll in one of UMaine’s art majors
    (Studio Art, Art Education, History of Art) as their major or one of their double majors.
  • Requires submission of a digital portfolio of 10 – 15  JPEG images of the student’s work for portfolio review.
  • Requires a statement discussing the student’s work and interest in the Visual Arts.

Students should submit both statement and portfolio via email to um.art.vapa@maine.edu.

University of Maine Dance Performance Scholarship

  • Scholarship recipients must participate in at least one dance ensemble.
  • Scholarship recipients must participate in at least one main stage dance concert each year.
  • Students must audition in person or via digital recording for a Dance Performance Scholarship.

Students wishing to be considered for the scholarship should email Kerry Davis at kerryd@maine.edu or call 207.581.4703 .

University of Maine Music Performance Scholarship

  • Students must be nominated for this scholarship to the Music Department by a music teacher or music director or be observed in performance by a Music Department faculty member.
  • Scholarship students must participate each semester in an ensemble that is approved by the Chair of the Division of Music.
  • Please note: auditions, while not required for the Music Performance Scholarship, are required for students wishing to enroll in music major.

Students must verify that they are interested in the VAPA Music Performance scholarship with the Music Division (phone: 207-581-4703) or email  laura.artesani@maine.edu so they can be added to the VAPA database. 

If you wish to complete your admission as a music major (Music, Music Education, Music Performance), auditions are arranged through the Music Division, to schedule a music audition, please contact Kerry Davis, kerryd@maine.edu or 207.581.4703.

University of Maine Theatre
Arts Scholarship

  • Students must be nominated to the Theatre department by a drama instructor or audition in person or via digital recording. Contact Kerry Davis, 207.581.4703.
  • Scholarship students must enroll as a theatre major as their major or one of their double majors.
  • Scholarship performers must audition for all theater productions produced by the department.
  • Scholarship technicians must take on one tech role in a production each academic year.

Students wishing to be considered for the scholarship should email UMtheatrescholarship@maine.edu.


2020-2021 Scholarship Terms and Conditions

General Scholarship Information

  • Awards are renewable for up to a total of 8 semesters, provided that the student meets renewal criteria.
  • Awards are disbursed in two equal installments, one at the beginning of the fall semester and one at the beginning of the spring semester, as credit toward the student’s tuition account.
  • The award must be used within a period not to exceed five years.

Scholarship Renewal Information

  • Student must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (see Office of Student Financial Aid for more information).
  • Student must maintain at least part-time enrollment (no less than 6 graded credit hours per semester) at their current tuition status leading to an undergraduate degree at UMaine.
  • Student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 as measured each academic year at the end of the spring semester.

In addition each scholarship has the following individual renewal criteria:

University of Maine Art Scholarship
  • Student must remain in good standing in one of UMaine’s art Majors (Studio Art, Art Education or History of Art).
University of Maine Dance Performance Scholarship
  • Student must pursue a Dance minor.
  • Student must participate in at least one main stage dance concert each semester.
  • Student must participate in at least one dance ensemble.
University of Maine Music Performance Scholarship
  • Student must participate in at least one music ensemble/performance group each semester.
University of Maine Theatre Arts Scholarship
  • Student must pursue Theatre as their major or double major.
  • If student is a scholarship performer, student must audition for all theater productions produced by the department.
  • If student is a scholarship technician, student must take one tech role in a production each academic year.