Talent Grants

Music Talent Grant

Southern Virginia University is deeply committed to supporting the fine and performing arts in a manner that rewards dedication and perseverance in addition to the natural blessings of gifted performance. The university offers music talent grants in the areas of vocal and instrumental performance, which are awarded to students exhibiting exceptional ability, preparation and promise.

Students awarded a talent grant in music (maximum of four years), must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled as a full-time student at Southern Virginia University in good academic standing, maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  2. Enroll in at least one performing ensemble that corresponds to the area of the grant award (instrumental or vocal) each semester. Please refer to the Music Performing Ensembles descriptions for specific information on each ensemble.
    • Vocal: Audition for Chamber Choir or Bella Voce Women’s Choir, enroll if accepted and achieve a grade of 3.0 (B) or higher in the class.
    • Instrumental: Enroll in and participate fully in at least one of the following: orchestra, concert band or Pep Band, and achieve a grade of 3.0 (B) or higher in the class.
    • Piano: Accept accompanying duties as assigned by the performing arts area faculty. This may include but is not limited to choirs, courses, theater or music performances, devotionals and forums.
  3. Students intending to major or minor in music must enroll in private instruction (Applied Music 148R, 149R, 248R, 249R, 348R or 349R) for your instrument each semester and achieve a grade of 3.0 (B) or higher in the course. A course fee is required for applied music courses. Additional needs-based scholarship aid is available for qualifying music majors and minors.

Application Procedure:

  1. Submit a brief narrative describing your experiences and training, as well as future goals in the performance of music.
  2. Submit one letter of recommendation from a private music instructor or ensemble director acquainted with your musical abilities.
  3. If you cannot visit Southern Virginia for a live audition, please submit a CD (preferred), cassette tape, videotape or DVD with two brief musical selections. These selections should demonstrate your musical abilities and should be no longer than five minutes each. Sections of longer pieces would also be appropriate. The recording must be clearly labeled, and have sufficient quality that the instrument and its tone colors are easily heard, although a professional recording is not required.
    • Instrumental applicants should perform two selections from the standard solo repertoire. One should demonstrate technical proficiency and the other tone. Wind and brass players must submit two scales, one major and one minor, two octaves each. String players must submit two scales, one major and one minor, three octaves each.
    • Vocal applicants should sing two art songs or arias. Popular genres (including Church songs) or Broadway selections will not be considered for audition for a talent grant.
  4. Application materials will not be returned but will become the property of Southern Virginia University and will be placed on file in the Music Archives.
  5. Submit materials to:
    Dr. La Rae Carter
    Southern Virginia University
    One University Hill Drive
    Buena Vista, VA 24416

Meridyth Kidd Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship

Meridyth Kidd possessed a deep love of the arts. She loved to paint, sketch, play the piano and guitar and compose Christian music and lyrics. An accomplished actress, Meridyth also wrote poetry and children’s stories. At the time of her death in March 2004, she was writing a novel. To honor Meridyth and her memory, her parents, Linda and Ron Jones, sponsor three scholarships (maximum $5,000) for rising juniors and seniors in the fine arts. One is awarded to a music student, one to a visual arts student and one to a theatre arts student.

For more information on how to apply, contact LaRae Carter at 540-261-8582 or email larae.carter@svu.edu.

Theatre Talent Grant

Southern Virginia University is deeply committed to supporting the fine and performing arts in a manner that rewards dedication and perseverance in addition to the natural blessings of gifted performance. The university offers theatre talent grants, which are awarded to students exhibiting exceptional ability and promise. All incoming theatre majors and minors are encouraged to apply.

Students awarded a talent grant in the theatre must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Enrollment as a full-time student at Southern Virginia University in good standing and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  2. Meaningful participation within the theatre program via ongoing productions, according to the focus area of the grant (acting or technical), in conference with theatre faculty members.

Application Procedure:

  1. Submit a resume with a brief cover letter describing your experience and training as well as future goals in theatre.
  2. Submit one letter of recommendation from an instructor or director acquainted with your theatre abilities.
  3. According to your area of focus, please adhere the following audition process:
    • Acting: If you cannot visit Southern Virginia for a live audition, please submit a DVD (preferred) or videotape with a prepared two-minute serious monologue and a two-minute comic monologue. You may also perform a song from a musical. Songs may be submitted on an additional cassette or CD. Live auditions may be arranged by contacting Robert Stoddard at 540-261-8579 or via email at robert.stoddard@svu.edu.
    • Technical Theatre: Prepare a design or technical portfolio of sets, lights or costume work, or a stage manager’s production book. These may be submitted in hard copy format or via DVD.
  4. Application materials will not be returned but will become the property of Southern Virginia and will be placed on file in the theatre archives. Exceptions can be made in the case of the technical theatre application materials at the request of the applicant, provided that return mail expenses are covered.
  5. Submit materials to:
    Professor Robert Stoddard
    Southern Virginia University
    One University Hill Drive
    Buena Vista, VA 24416

  6. Notification of grant awards will be sent out as soon as possible following a receipt of your application materials. Grant applications will be considered as long as funds are available.

Meridyth Kidd Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship

Meridyth Kidd possessed a deep love of the arts. She loved to paint, sketch, play the piano and guitar and compose Christian music and lyrics. An accomplished actress, Meridyth also wrote poetry and children’s stories. At the time of her death in March of 2004, she was writing a novel. To honor Meridyth and her memory, her parents, Linda and Ron Jones, sponsor three scholarships (maximum $5,000) for rising juniors and seniors in the fine arts. One is awarded to a music student, one to a visual arts student and one to a theatre arts student.

For more information on how to apply, contact Robert Stoddard at 540-261-4395 or email robert.stoddard@svu.edu.

Visual Art Talent Grant

Southern Virginia University is committed to supporting the visual arts in a manner that rewards perseverance and achievement. The university offers visual art talent grants to students who apply and exhibit exceptional ability and promise. While students applying for a talent grant are not required to major or minor in visual arts, they are expected to be involved in the visual arts program at Southern Virginia. Students awarded a talent grant in visual arts must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled as a full-time student at Southern Virginia and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  2. Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in all art courses.
  3. Participate in the annual student art show.
  4. Participate in a portfolio review/academic review at the end of the first full academic year.

Application Procedure:

Submit a letter of intent describing your experience and training, as well as future goals in the visual arts. Submit one letter of recommendation from a professional who is able to evaluate your artistic abilities, i.e. high school teacher, college professor or private instructor. Submit a visual art portfolio by providing a link to an online file or website or by sending a DVD. The portfolio should contain a minimum of 20 images. If you send a DVD, please label it clearly with your name, address, phone number and email address. Application materials will kept on file at the university.

Submit application materials to:

Professor Doug Himes
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416

Meridyth Kidd Memorial Fine Arts Scholarships

Meridyth Kidd possessed a deep love of the arts. She loved to paint, sketch, play the piano and guitar and compose Christian music and lyrics. An accomplished actress, Meridyth also wrote poetry and children’s stories. At the time of her death in March of 2004, she was writing a novel. To honor Meridyth and her memory, her parents, Linda and Ron Jones, sponsor three scholarships (maximum $5,000) for rising juniors and seniors in the fine arts. One is awarded to a music student, one to a visual arts student and one to a theatre arts student.

For more information on how to apply, contact Doug Himes at 540-261-8432 or email doug.himes@svu.edu.