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Student Scholarships & Opportunities

The following student scholarships and opportunities are housed within NSU's College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department of Performing and Visual Arts.


James and Nan Farquhar Performing Arts Grant
 (PALS students only)
The James and Nan Farquhar PVA Grant is an arts leadership program for outstanding arts majors – art & design, dance, music, theatre. Students who are double majors must declare their arts major as their primary major in order to apply. Grant recipients regularly demonstrate professionalism, personal artistry, and strive to develop their potential as arts leaders – these students go above and beyond in service to the major program and the DPVA. Entering students may apply but the program is primarily for continuing arts majors.

Application Information

Applications for the James and Nan Farquhar Performing and Visual Arts Grants will be accepted February 1 through May 1 each year.

Current grant recipients who wish to reapply should complete the application and schedule a meeting with the faculty of their respective discipline prior to May 1 for a performance evaluation. Faculty recommend continuation or discontinuation of the award. After the awards are approved, all applicants will receive notification of the decision. Amounts will be adjusted based on the funds available in the endowment.

New applicants should complete the application and submit digital performance or work samples prior to wadams@nova.edu. Performance or work samples are evaluated by faculty in the respective disciplines prior to May 1 and awards are recommended. After the awards are approved, all applicants will receive a letter informing them of the decision. Amounts will be adjusted based on the funds available in the endowment.

Music audition:

  • Performance-based audition: Students must submit a video audition performing two pieces in contrasting styles. Each piece or excerpt should be no more than two minutes in length.
  • Composition-based audition: Students must submit an original composition with score and audio recording of the work. Original work must be a minimum of three minutes in length.

Theatre audition:

  • Theatre (Acting/Musical Theatre): Students should prepare two contrasting monologues or one monologue and one song.
  • Theatre (Technical Design): Students should submit a digital portfolio. Contact Daniel Gelbmann, M.F.A., at gelbmann@nova.edu for more information.

Dance audition:

  • Dancers should perform a one-minute solo in the style of their choice. Video may be in a studio setting or from a recent performance.

Art and Design portfolio submission:

  • Students should submit a digital portfolio. Click portfolio to access the guidelines.

Amount: $500-$4,000
Application: Yes, plus audition/portfolio

For more information, contact Associate Professor Bill J. Adams, D.M.A. at wadams@nova.edu

Razor's Edge Shark Talent Scholars Program
The Razor’s Edge Shark Talent program is for students who wish to use their artistic gifts to help create a more vibrant campus life at NSU. This could mean performing with one of our music ensembles, performing with a dance or theater troupe at a donor event, energizing the homecoming crowd as part of the NSU Drumline, or sharing student art at a gallery opening. The selection process is highly competitive and is based on audition or portfolio review, plus an interview. Students are required to major or minor in one area of the performing and visual arts.

Amount: $23,000

For more information, contact Assistant Professor Jessica Muñiz-Collado, M.F.A., at jcollado@nova.edu

Shark Gold

Existing under the Shark Talent umbrella, Shark Gold is an elite performance troupe designed for students with a passion for singing and performing as part of their educational experience. This four-year residential scholarship program helps students grow their artistic talents as they perform a variety of classic songs and transformative music by the most influential artists over the last 50 years, building their singing repertoire and performance skills while fostering pride for Nova Southeastern University.

Shark Gold will perform at various university events, under the direction of Kimmi Johnson. This program is audition-based, will meet 2-3 times a week for rehearsals and meetings, and requires a curricular major or minor in the performing or visual arts.

For more information, contact Kimmi Johnson at kjohnso1@nova.edu.

Kimmi Johnson is a professional actor and director from South Florida. A recipient of a 2018 Silver Palm Award and 2019 Carbonell Award Nominee, she has performed around the region at Slow Burn Theatre Company, Zoetic Stage, Maltz Jupiter Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Actors’ Playhouse. She is also a program director and choreographer at Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts and a teaching artist at North Broward Preparatory School.

How to Become a Shark Gold Member

  1. Audition for Director Kimmi Johnson either in person or by video submission.
  2. Audition selections should be 60-90 seconds of an iconic classic hit (think Johnny Cash, Carole King, Frank Sinatra, etc).
  3. Send audition videos and questions to kjohnso1@nova.edu.

Shark Gold Requirements

  • Complete a successful audition and interview
  • Declare a major or minor in a performing or visual arts discipline
  • Live on campus
  • Attend all rehearsals, meetings, and events


  • $23,000 scholarship to attend the university, once accepted academically
  • $19,000 towards tuition
  • $4,000 towards room and board
  • Scholarships are renewable annually

Stage2 Productions

Stage2 Productions is a student driven company within our NSU Theatre program. Juniors majoring or minoring in Theatre will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and regional professionals to plan the performance schedule for their senior year. This group will have an executive board and a main stage production solely organized by these students. They will also produce other works for our department including our improv jams, staged readings, new works, and other dramatic media. Assuming the roles of producers, directors, designers, business team members, and stage managers in addition to performers, this collective will seek to engage and encourage all students to participate, no matter their major/minor.

For more information please contact Assistant Professor Daniel Gelbmann, M.F.A, at gelbmann@nova.edu or call (954) 262-7926.

Stage2 Productions would like to invite and encourage all students, faculty, and staff to participate in our production, The Mayfly: A 24hr Theatre Project. This production will consist of writing, rehearsing, and performing four to five original ten minute plays in a 24 hour period.

Mako Band

The Mako Band is a for-credit commercial/popular music ensemble featuring diverse instrumentalists and singers from across the university. The band also performs at various on campus and local community organizations. Having a for-credit ensemble like the Mako Band is unique in a university setting, and is a clear sign of NSU's commitment to providing students of commercial/popular music with the type of educational opportunities they need.

For more information on the audition/interview process to become a member of the NSU Mako Band, email Assistant Professor Jessica Muñiz-Collado, M.F.A., at jcollado@nova.edu or call (954) 262-7610.

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition takes place each spring in Gallery 217, located in the Don Taft University Center. The exhibit is open to NSU students who have enrolled in a studio art or design course within the academic year. Students must be in good standing. All works submitted must be original, with no copyright infringement, made within the past year. Entries must be prepared for exhibition. Works previously exhibited in an NSU Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition are not eligible. All 2D and 3D media are accepted, including digital media and installations as space allows. All digital media should be in PDF or QuickTime movie form and submitted on a CD or DVD. Works that are easily installed are encouraged. The artist must provide any special equipment for installation. All artwork submitted is subject to gallery leadership approval before being installed. Students can submit up to 4 entries with completed entry forms, hanging materials/instructions and identification labels. There is no entry fee. Work will be juried by a a professional art expert known as a “juror,” who will select the works they feel are the best representation of the works submitted. The appointed juror selects the works to be exhibited as well as some of the awards. Work is not guaranteed entry into the show.

For more information on the submission process, email Associate Professor Kandy G. Lopez-Moreno, M.F.A., at klopez1@nova.edu or call (954) 262-7612.

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