Performing Arts Scholarship Requirements
Music Scholarship Recipients
• Enrollment and passing grade in an appropriate ensemble each semester (when not abroad). Ensemble participation will be determined each semester in consultation with, and the approval of, your scholarship advisor (one of the four full-time faculty professors).
• Enrollment in applied lessons or a music class (or both) each semester with a grade of at least “C” in graded music classes (when not abroad).
• Enrollment and grade of at least “C” in MUS 116 and one of MUS 120, MUS 220, or MUS 232 during or before the Junior year.
Theatre Scholarship Recipients
• Enrollment in three Theatre classes: Acting 1 (THR 117); one of Intro to Tech Theatre OR Intro to Design (THR 150 or 160); one of Foundations of Drama & Theatre 1, Foundations of Drama & Theatre 2, or Theory & Criticism (THR 133, 134, or 230).
• Students should also plan on making a significant contribution to the life of the theatre program. Taking classes, participating in productions, working in shops—just being around to help us make theatre!
• Perform two pieces in contrasting styles. Maximum total time is 12 minutes.
• Provide scores and/or recordings of two representative original works.
• Perform two or three songs in contrasting styles from two different genres. Examples of genres include folk songs, art songs, music from worship, musical theater, country, pop, etc. Maximum total time is 12 minutes.
• Acting: Prepare two contrasting pieces (about two minutes each). For example, one comic and one dramatic OR one classical (e.g.,Shakespeare) and one contemporary.
• Production/Technical Theatre: Bring to your interview a portfolio with photos of examples of sets or other production work you have done as well as a resume listing the productions you have been involved with and what your role was in each.
• As an actor or production/technical theatre applicant, you should be prepared to discuss your process, your previous theatrical experience and where you would like your liberal arts education to take you.
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Contact Admission Counselor, David DeWitt
Questions about requirements?
Contact Performing Arts Coordinator, Victoria Pook
*You may bring your own accompanist, but it’s completely acceptable to audition without one. If you need the college to provide one, please provide copies of your music along with the request for an accompanist at least two weeks prior.
Although a scholarship nomination is not required in order to apply for scholarships, the admission office welcomes nominations to help us identify and learn more about potential scholarship candidates. A nomination can be completed by a school counselor, core-course teacher, community-based organization liaison, employer, or independent college counselor. The priority deadline for nominations is December 15, but we accept nominations through January 15.
Go to the Nomination Form
Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program Scholarship
Students who completed Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program will be recognized with an automatic GSP Scholarship worth $120,000 ($30,000 annually for each of your four years of study) upon admission to Centre. The GSP Scholarship cannot be stacked on top of other general merit scholarships, but we encourage Scholars to explore our premier and special scholarship options for more specialized offerings. These separate scholarship deadlines range from November 15th to January 15th.
Centre Legacy Scholarship
The Legacy Award is a $3,000 renewable annual award given to admitted students who are children or grandchildren of Centre alumni. To be considered, students who apply for admission to Centre should mention that their parent(s) or grandparent(s) attended Centre on their application materials.
Centre Fellows Scholarship
Established by Centre alumni, The Centre Fellows Program recognizes high-achieving and engaged high school juniors and seniors who would benefit from a liberal arts education. There is no commitment on the recipient’s part and students are eligible to compete for higher awards. Domestic and international students are eligible for this opportunity. High school seniors must be nominated by January 1, 2023 to be eligible for the Centre Fellows Program. Candidates must be nominated by their high school counselor and all nominations must be approved by the Centre College Admission Office.
Benefits include a guaranteed, minimum scholarship in the amount of $26,000 per year for four years. Centre Fellows may be considered for higher scholarships which, if received, will replace the Centre Fellows guarantee.
Successful Candidates Should Exhibit the Following Credentials
- A minimum unweighted GPA of 3.5 and/or a standing at or very near the top 5% of their high school class
- A challenging course load comprised of some of the highest courses available at the school
- A sincere interest in a liberal arts and sciences education
- A concern for their high school and/or local communities as demonstrated by various personal commitments
For more information contact: Associate Director of Admission, David DeWitt
Go to Nomination Form
Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship Opens Doors for Ohio Students
Centre College is pleased to offer the Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship. The award is a merit scholarship designated for students from Ohio who are interested in mathematics or majoring in a STEM field.
The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation was created by Austin “Dutch” Knowlton (1909- 2003) in 1981 “to promote and advance higher education in the United States and to provide direct grants and contributions to qualified colleges and universities.” Mr. Knowlton grew up in Bellefontaine, in Logan County, Ohio, and studied architecture at The Ohio State University. He then joined and later led the Knowlton construction company which completed more than 600 major construction projects, including school buildings, hospitals and libraries, throughout Ohio and the Midwest. Mr. Knowlton was a minority-stake owner of the Cincinnati Reds and a co-founder of the Cincinnati Bengals.