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Performing and Visual Arts Design and Technology Scholarship

The Performing and Visual Arts Design and Technology (PVDT) program awards a scholarship of $40,000/year to an outstanding PVDT student with ability, commitment, and leadership.

How to Apply

Students interested must:

  1. For top consideration, students should apply to the college Early Action by November 1 or Early Decision 1 by December 1 and complete the required supplemental application by January 3. Limited finalist spots are available for Regular Decision and Early Decision 2 students who apply to the college by January 1 and submit the supplemental application by January 3.
  2. Complete the application by January 3, 2024. To apply students will login with the username and password sent to them upon application submission to Ursinus. Please check the email address associated with your application.
  3. Portfolio reviews will be held on campus in February 2024.

Learn more about the PVDT program on its website. If you would like to connect with a faculty member please contact Professor Shannon Zura, PVDT Coordintaor.

On the Day of Portfolio Reviews:

  • Students will present their prepared portfolios in design, technology, and/or stage management and have a short interview. Portfolios can take a variety of different forms. We recommend digital portfolios (Power Point, Keynote, website, or equivalent) that students can discuss as they share. Digital portfolios for design, technology, and stage management vary and might include any of the following: resume, prompt script(s), examples of stage management documentation (a rehearsal report, performance report, contact list, props matrix, shift plot, etc.), design concept statements, photos of design work, drafting/rendering, sound/light plots, links to or embedded audio cues you have created or manipulated, links to websites/livestreams you have created or to which you have contributed, short video clips that include your design work, pre-show/post-show music lists you have curated for specific productions, list of programs/software in which you are proficient, etc. You must either bring your laptop and HDMI adaptor with you on Scholarship Day or you must email your portfolio or a link to your portfolio to Professor Shannon Zura. Students’ portfolio presentations should be no more than 10 minutes in length.
  • Students will participate in a short interview.

Terms of the Scholarship

We encourage the scholarship recipient to pursue a major in PVDT or a double-major in PVDT and another discipline. The scholarship recipient must meet the following two criteria each year for the scholarship to be renewed each year:

  • participation (as a stage manager, assistant stage manager, assistant designer, designer, board operator, crew member, scene painter, or other production team member approved by the PVDT Coordinator) in at least one of the six Theater and Dance Department-sponsored theater productions and/or concerts each year
  • enrollment in at least one 4-credit PVDT course (or a combination of PVDT courses for a total of at least 4 credits) each year

Please note that the Performing and Visual Arts Design and Technology Scholarship replaces any Ursinus College Scholarship previously offered by Ursinus College.