Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships administered through the Office of Admissions: 

Each year, the University awards up to 50 full-tuition Richmond Scholar awards to first-year students who have demonstrated extraordinary academic achievement, exceptional personal qualities and potential for ongoing contributions to society.  All domestic and international first-year admission applicants are eligible for consideration. Annually, up to six Richmond Scholars are designated as “Artist Scholars.” Artist Scholars demonstrate extraordinary talent and a clear passion for visual or performing arts and are paired with arts faculty mentors to maximize their talents.

To be considered for any of the Richmond Scholar awards (including the Artist Scholar), your application MUST be postmarked by December 1. In addition, you must have completed all of your standardized tests by December 31.  These dates are firm.  Application information can be found here.

If you have specific questions about the required materials for Richmond Artist Scholars, candidates with talent in theatre or dance should contact the Office of Admissions. 

Dunkum Scholarship

Every four years, the Department of Theatre and Dance along with the Department of Music offers one female student from Virginia a scholarship of approximately $25,000, renewable for four years. The student must be a full-time undergraduate student and must be pursuing a major or minor in the performing arts (theatre, music or dance). Applications are due December 1 to the Office of Admissions. Students should follow the same guidelines as the Richmond Artists Scholars program.

Scholarships Administered Through The Department of Theatre and Dance:

Alton Williams and V. Goodwyn & Ann Dickinson Welsh Scholarships

The Department of Theatre and Dance awards one scholarship of approximately $12,000 renewable for four years to one entering first-year student.

William H. Lockey Jr. Scholarship/John D. Welsh Scholarship

Every four years, the Department of Theatre and Dance awards two scholarships renewable for four years to two entering first-year students.

Each year, applications must be postmarked by December 15. Auditions will be held this year on January 11. 2014.  If you are unable to attend the audition in person you may send in a professional quality DVD. To audition in person, please contact us to set up an appointment. All candidates should bring a school photograph and resume to the audition.

Theatre students will be asked to prepare contrasting monologues lasting no more than five minutes total. Dancers should have two contrasting pieces, one classical, pointe work optional, one contemporary. It is highly recommended that at least one of the pieces be your own original choreography.  No costumes, practice clothes only. The two pieces should be no more than five minutes total. If you would like to sing, you will need to bring your own music and you will be allowed two additional minutes. 

James Hillgartner Award

Each year, the department recognizes a graduating senior who has made a commitment to pursuing a professional career in theatre. The award is made in memory of Jim Hillgartner.