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Artist Scholar Designation within Richmond Scholars

Each year, the University awards up to six full-tuition visual/performing arts scholarships within the Artist Scholars designation of the Richmond Scholars Program. Richmond Scholar awards go to first-year students who have demonstrated extraordinary academic achievement, exceptional personal qualities and potential for ongoing contributions to society; in addition, Artist Scholars demonstrate extraordinary talent and a clear passion for visual or performing arts. All U.S. and international first-year admission applicants are eligible for consideration.

To apply for Richmond Scholars, follow the Selection Process instructions, and pay attention to specific instructions for Artist Scholars. If you have questions about the required materials, candidates should contact the Scholars Office.

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 1. Auditions will be held this year on January 14, 2017. 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.