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Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship

Salve Regina conducts an arts scholarship competition for admitted students interested in dance, music, theater or studio art. Scholarships may be valued up to $3,000 and are awarded based on auditions or portfolio reviews.

Students who apply to the qualifying majors by the early action I or early decision deadlines of Nov. 1 or the early action II deadline of Jan. 5 will be invited to apply for the arts scholarship. The application can be found on your student status page under your materials checklist. Please reach out to with any questions.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Must apply to Salve Regina by the Nov. 1 early action I or early decision deadline or the Jan. 5 early action II deadline and meet the requirements for admission.
  • Must complete the online scholarship application (found on your student status page) by Jan. 15 and submit or schedule the below requirements for your major.
  • Recipients must major in dance, music, theatre arts or studio art to renew the award.
  • Recipients must remain in good academic standing to renew the award.
  • Students will be notified of the decision of the scholarship committee by Feb. 15.
  • If students have also applied for need-based aid, those financial aid packages will go out shortly after scholarship notification.

Dance Auditions

In order to pursue the B.A. in dance at Salve Regina, students must apply and be accepted to the University and audition for and be admitted to the dance program. Students who wish to minor in dance are welcome to audition, although it is not required. This audition also serves as the submission for students who apply by the Nov. 1 or Jan. 5 deadline and apply for the visual and performing arts scholarship.

Live audition: In-person auditions are preferred and will also offer the opportunity to interact with current students and learn more about Salve Regina's dance program. Students who audition will first participate in a class rooted in jazz and rhythm-based contemporary styles, and then perform a solo demonstrating an ownership of movement vocabulary that feels comfortable on their body. The choreography and movement should emphasize rhythm, musicality and personal style.

Upcoming audition dates:

  • Nov. 19, 2021
  • Jan. 28, 2022
  • Feb. 26, 2022

Recorded audition: Students who cannot attend in-person auditions can submit a recorded audition. Applicants should submit a 2-1/2 to 3 minute video in a style of their choice, following the above guidelines for a solo performance. At the beginning of the video, please introduce yourself and credit the composer/music artist and choreographer.

Students will be notified of their acceptance to the dance program within three weeks of the audition.

Music Auditions

Applicants should prepare a seven-minute audition highlighting two contrasting movements/pieces (slow-fast or classical-modern as examples). Instrumental scholarship candidates will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and facility in playing major and minor scales and arpeggios. Singers will be expected to demonstrate facility in tonal memory.

Auditions can be recorded for submission or a live virtual audition may be requested.

Theatre Arts Auditions

Applicants should prepare two monologues, each one minute in length. One monologue should be from a classical work (written/published before 1875), and the second should be from a modern work (written/published after 1900). Actors who are interested in musical theater may perform the modern monologue and up to 24 bars of music. Please note that an accompanist is not provided, so CD or MP3 player accompaniment is required. Students may also provide a link to video recordings of performances as supplemental material.

Students interested in design/technical theater should provide a portfolio with pictures and/or samples of production work, or work that demonstrates ability as an artist, technician or manager.

In addition to a recorded audition, students will be contacted to complete a virtual interview.

Studio Art Portfolio Reviews

Applicants must have 5-12 pieces in their portfolios. Included in this number can be the pieces previously uploaded to your personalized student status page as part of your application for admission.

Portfolios may contain various media. In regard to three dimensional work, students should include quality photographs showing multiple views of the piece. A document that numbers and provides information for each work in a portfolio should be included and must indicate: title, size, date and medium (or media).

Portfolios must be submitted by providing a web link, emailing, uploading additional pieces to your student status page or by mailing CDs to Salve Regina University, Office of Admissions, 100 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840.