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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 submit a thank you letter addressed to the Farquhar family detailing their DPVA involvement. The letter should explain why they should continue to receive the award. Submit the thank you letter to Associate Professor Bill J. Adams, D.M.A. at Returning students must meet with the faculty of their respective discipline prior to May 1 for a performance evaluation and to review the thank you letter. Faculty recommend continuation or discontinuation of the award. 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.

New applicants should complete the application and submit digital performance or work samples prior to 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. Click portfolio to access the guidelines.

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

Razor's Edge Shark Talent Scholars Program
The Razor's Edge Shark Talent Scholars Program is designed for first time in college freshmen who have been active in community or high school arts programs and are passionate about using the arts to bring people together. Students will work with the Department of Performing and Visual Arts and other campus organizations to cultivate leadership abilities in a creative and scholarly community. Experiences at NSU in the classroom, leading student arts organizations, and participating in workshops with arts leaders, will develop students’ marketable skills including innovative interpersonal communication, project management, and creative inquiry. Upon completion of the Shark Talent Program, students will be able to successfully lead collaborative arts projects and will have completed a performing or visual arts minor or major.

Amount: $21,000

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

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 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 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 or call (954) 262-7612.

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