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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.

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.

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

For more information, contact Associate Professor Elana Lanczi, M.F.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 starting on April 20th at 7:30pm and ending with the performance on April 21st at 7:30pm. Scheduled breaks will be discussed at the audition. The application process for interested writers, directors, and actors is as follows:


  • Please complete this form and make sure to click "SUBMIT" when you finish.
  • Submit a writing sample that consists of 1-2 pages of original scripted dialogue between two to three characters. Please send the writing sample to with the subject “Mayfly Writing Sample.”
  • The deadline for all application materials is March 24th, 2018.
  • Audition is on March 25th, 2018 in the Black Box.


  • Please complete this form and make sure to click "SUBMIT" when you finish.
  • Submit a resume to with the subject “Mayfly Directing Resume”
  • The deadline for all application materials is March 24th, 2018.
  • Audition on March 25th, 2018 in the Black Box.


  • Please complete this form and make sure to click "SUBMIT" when you finish.
  • Submit a resume to with the subject “Mayfly Acting Resume”
  • Submit an 8 1/2” x 11” headshot to the DPVA office located on the third floor of the UC. Tell the front desk that you are there to drop off a headshot for the Mayfly.
  • The deadline for all application materials is March 24th, 2018.
  • Audition on March 25th, 2018 in the Black Box. 
Please contact Amanda Holtzman via email at if you have any questions regarding this project.

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 Tennille Shuster, M.F.A., at or call (954) 262-7611.


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