The Millsaps College Arts Scholars program is designed for applying high school seniors and transfer students who will either be majoring in the arts at Millsaps or be non-majors participating in the arts during their time at the college. These scholarships are available in the disciplines of Art History, Creative Writing, Music, Studio Art, and Theatre, and are awarded based on portfolio reviews, auditions, and/or interviews, which take place annually on campus during Arts Scholars Day.
In 2018, $500 to $10,000 per year were awarded to qualifying Arts Scholars in addition to the merit-based scholarships students had already received upon their acceptance to the college. Students may audition in multiple disciplines (Art and Music, Music and Creative Writing, etc.). In music, students may also audition in multiple areas or concentrations (vocal and instrumental, instrumental and composition, etc.).
To be considered for these scholarships, interested students must apply to the college by December 15, 2018.
Additionally, students must:
All materials listed above should be submitted to Admissions no later than Saturday, January 12, 2019, by 5:00 p.m.
Confirmation of completion of your application will be sent via email, as well as details regarding audition or interview times, practice/warm-up information, and directions to Millsaps College.
If you are interested in the Arts Scholars program but cannot audition/interview in person on January 25, please contact the Arts Scholars program coordinator, email@example.com or 601.974.1051. An alternative audition and/or portfolio review date must be requested by January 12th for students with significant conflicts and for long-distance applicants.
To complete your supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, you must submit the following three writing samples, to be received by January 12:
For the essay in which you describe and critique an artwork of your choosing, please do not do any online or book research. We are interested in your ability to analyze the formal elements of the image as well as what you consider is its larger meaning. Send a copy of the artwork or a link to an online image along with your essays. Our interview during Arts Scholars Day will consist of a conversation with you about these materials.
The portfolio you will present on Arts Scholars Day should consist of 8 to 15 original works in any medium, showing a range of your abilities and a sense of your development as an artist. We are especially interested in seeing evidence of your ability to draw from observation. We are happy to look at sketchbooks, and you are not required to mat your artwork. As part of your supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, please submit a one-page essay about a chosen work of art that you will include in your portfolio, using the following guidelines:
Please submit a writing sample with your supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, to be received by the Arts Scholars Day coordinator by January 12. Your sample may reflect your work in any single genre of writing. For poetry, submit 5 poems. For prose fiction or creative nonfiction, submit between 4,000 and 5,000 words. For drama, submit a play or part of a play of not more than 15 pages.
In addition, include a cover letter of one to two pages with your sample. In this letter, provide the following:
In addition to submission of the supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, music applicants should review and prepare for the requirements below.
Vocalists should prepare three songs of contrasting styles from memory. Art songs are recommended. If possible, present at least one song in a language other than English. An accompanist will be provided. Please submit sheet music by January 12, 2019.
Composers should submit up to three original scores. The pieces may be in any style or of any length. If available, please also submit or send links to recordings of the pieces (audio, video, or even MIDI).
This audition-based scholarship recognizes students who excel in the music field, as a vocalist, instrumentalist, or as a composer; and have high potential for making a significant contribution to music at Millsaps. Minimum requirements for continuing the scholarships are (1) participation each semester in an approved performance ensemble and (2) a major in music, or a minor in music, or a certificate in music performance.
This scholarship is for students who would like to participate in music while at Millsaps, but do not plan on majoring in music. Renewal is contingent upon continual membership in an approved major performance ensemble.
These scholarships are for students who declare a major in music upon acceptance at Millsaps College. Named for emeritus professor Dr. Jonathan Sweat, these scholarships recognize students who demonstrate extraordinary potential to excel in music performance. Renewal is contingent upon a successful student record of quality performance at Millsaps College.
These scholarships allow selected students to pursue music performance during the summer at internationally/nationally recognized camps and institutes. Students are selected by audition in January. Priority goes to sophomores and juniors.
The Sweat Fellow Programs award an annual $2,000 stipend to upper-class majors who are performance concentrators. The purpose is to create more practice time for upper-class performance majors by releasing them from college jobs, work studies, or part-time work in the community.
Note: Renewable scholarships are contingent on meeting specific eligibility criteria provided with the award. The awards are renewable for three years, to a maximum total of four years of full-time enrollment at Millsaps College.
In addition to completion of the supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, students interested in performance must prepare and present one two-minute monologue from memory, classical or contemporary, which will be followed by an interview. In addition, performance students must submit one half-page artist statement defining their goals and purpose as a theater artist to the Arts Scholars Day coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 601.974.1051.
In addition to completion of the supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, students interested in production/tech must submit 10 photos demonstrating past technical work to the Arts Scholars Day coordinator (or call 601.974.1051), and be prepared to discuss their work during their interview.