Students who have a passion for cinema, writing, dance, music, studio art, or theatre may wish to submit supplementary materials for scholarship consideration.
Denison offers various arts scholarships to recognize talented first-year students who have passions in the arts, providing students an award from $5,000 to half tuition which is renewable for four years—regardless of whether the student decides to major in the arts.
Arts Supplement Requirements
Submitted materials will be reviewed by members of the arts faculty in the designated area(s). By sharing a portfolio, a student is able to showcase their artistic talent, regardless of their major. Awards are based on a holistic application evaluation and a submitted portfolio that is due at the time of the application.
Submission of supplementary materials is completely optional and students are not required to major or minor in the arts. If a student does not wish to provide materials, they are still encouraged to participate in the arts at Denison.
Samples of your work must be submitted to Denison through the Denison Applicant Portal, which is available once the Common Application or Coalition Application has been submitted.
These scholarships recognize talented first-year students who have a passion for cinema or filmmaking, providing students an award of $5,000 up to half tuition which is renewable for four years.—regardless of whether the student decides to major in Cinema.
Requirements: Students must provide the department with answers to the series of questions below and an optional portfolio submission. Cinema neither requires nor expects any prior filmmaking experience, only a genuine interest in the subject.
- Please describe who or what sparked your interest in cinema (limit 200 words)
- My area of interest is primarily:
- Film studies (the scholarly study of film)
- Film and digital production
- A combination of A and B
- In a few sentences, share what would you hope to learn from studying Cinema at Denison?
- If you have engaged in filmmaking, the study of cinema, or have had other related creative or technical experiences (dramatic writing, photography, acting, drawing, Photoshop, graphic design etc.) please describe them briefly. If you have not, please answer with N/A (limit 200 words).
- Most students enter the Cinema program without any prior filmmaking experience. However, if you have had the opportunity to create any film work prior to arriving at Denison, you can upload up to two creative samples here (each should be 5 minutes or less). Please make sure to indicate the role(s) you played in the creation of the work. This upload is optional and if you do not have work to share, you will still be fully eligible for a Cinema scholarship. All students, regardless of prior experience, are welcome to major or minor in Cinema.
These scholarships recognize first-year students who have a passion for writing, providing students an award of $5,000 up to half tuition which is renewable annually for four years—regardless of whether the student decides to major in English-Creative Writing.
Requirements: Applicants may submit up to 10 pages of poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction and/or excerpts from novels. (Note: Please refrain from submitting journalism samples or full books; these materials will not be accepted).
If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Margot Singer at email@example.com.
These scholarships recognize talented first-year students who have a passion for dance, providing students an award of $5,000 up to half tuition which is renewable annually for four years—regardless of whether the student decides to major in Dance.
Requirements: Applicants may submit a portfolio that conveys their passion for dance. Portfolios should include a 1-page essay, not exceeding 500 words, defining how, when, and where you dance. You may also opt to submit a short video portraying yourself dancing in a class, at a social gathering, or in a performance. Videos should not exceed 10 minutes.
These scholarships recognize talented first-year students who have a passion for vocal and instrumental performance, providing students an award of $5,000 up to half tuition which is renewable for four years—regardless of whether the student decides to major in Music.
Requirements: Applicants are strongly recommended to participate in a virtual audition with faculty members. During auditions, students will have the opportunity to connect with faculty and current students to learn more about available programs. If necessary, recordings will also be accepted through the student portal in lieu of a virtual audition. Please select the audition day link below for specific vocal and instrumental requirements.
The Department of Music will host High School Senior Audition Days. Check back for audition day information.
If you have further questions regarding music scholarships or auditions, contact Chris Montgomery.
These scholarships recognize first-year students who have a passion for art, providing students an award of $5,000 up to half tuition which is renewable annually for four years—regardless of whether the student decides to major in Studio Art.
Requirements: Applicants must submit a portfolio of 10-20 images of their artwork. (Note: Please do not send original artwork, these materials will not be accepted.) Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in an interview with a faculty member. During the interview, students will have the opportunity to learn more about the department, off-campus opportunities, community, facilities, internships and course offerings.
If you have further questions, please contact Professor Sheilah ReStack.
These scholarships recognize talented first-year students who have a passion for theatre, providing students an award of $5,000 up to half tuition which is renewable annually for four years—regardless of whether the student decides to major in Theatre.
Requirements: Applicants may submit a visual portfolio, script, or a short video portraying themselves acting either in a performance or for the camera. Video recordings should be no more than 3 minutes. Students submitting a visual portfolio or a script may provide up to 10 pages of material.
Frequently Asked Questions
A student must submit required materials via the Denison Applicant Portal by the application deadline.
All videos must be submitted by the corresponding application deadline. Application deadlines are as follows:
- Early Decision 1: November 15
- Early Decision 2 and Regular Decision: January 15
The portal is available to students after they submit their application to Denison. Once created, a portfolio section will appear below the applicant and financial aid checklists. Select ‘Edit Portfolio’ and follow the instructions provided.
Yes, students are welcome to submit materials for review regardless of their decision deadline. However, all supplemental material must be submitted and auditions must be completed by the application deadline in order to be considered.
No, students are not required to major or minor in the arts to receive a scholarship, and scholarships are renewable even if a student decides not to major in the arts. However, participation within the department is highly encouraged.
Denison’s scholarship process is competitive with many talented students showcasing their abilities. With strong applicants, a limited number of scholarships, and varying needs of each department, not every student who auditions or submits a material receives a scholarship. This is not a direct reflection on the student’s abilities. The faculty truly enjoy learning more about applicants and encourage students to participate in the arts on Denison’s campus.
Yes. Students are welcome to showcase their talents in a variety of areas and are encouraged to do so. The faculty enjoy learning more about each student and their passions.
While the faculty enjoy getting to know each student through this process, not every student will receive a scholarship from each department. Scholarships are granted based on the applicant pool and needs of each department. Even if you do not receive a scholarship in a department, we encourage you to participate.
No. Unless otherwise specified when the scholarship is awarded, once a student is awarded a scholarship by Denison, it will be renewed each year for four years as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress.
The number of scholarships awarded each year are based on a variety of factors such as the number of students who apply and the needs of the department in a given year.
We support media files as large as 5GB, but please be advised that larger files will take longer to upload. We support the following file formats:
- Video: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv. Apple ProRes is not currently supported. If uploading a .mov, please use an alternate codec.
- Audio: .aac, .aif, .aiff, .iff, .fla, .m4a, .mpa, .mp3, .ra, .wav, .wma
- Slide: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, .tiff
- Document: .doc, .docx, .odg, .odp, .odt, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .wpd
A student must attend an audition or submit a video showcasing their talents via the Denison Applicant Portal.
If a student is unable to attend an audition day, they may upload a video through the Denison Applicant Portal.
There is no sight-reading requirement for students submitting a video.