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Admissions Events

CANCELED – Future Cougar Weekend

March 20 & 21 at 9 a.m.

Contact Admissions at or 260-399-8000 if you have any questions.

Talent Scholarship Day (Attention Artists & Performers!)

Date TBD

Appointments are Required

  • Molly McGowan at 260-399-8064 or for Visual Arts, Communications & Theater
  • Jessica Shaw at 260-399-7700 ext. 8011 or for Music and Music Technology

In the fall and spring of each year, the School of Creative Arts (SOCA) hosts Talent Scholarship Day — giving you (if you’re a high school junior or senior or a college transfer student), the opportunity to have your work reviewed by professional SOCA faculty for a talent scholarship.

Depending on your art form, you can submit a portfolio or audition. Scholarships are awarded in the following areas

  • Animation
  • Art Education
  • Choir
  • Communication
  • Graphic Design
  • Dance
  • Marching Band and Color Guard
  • Music Technology
  • Pre-Art Therapy
  • Studio Art

Criteria & Conditions

Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be on file at USF and all requests for supporting documentation must be provided. Talent Scholarship recipients must:

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress for financial aid funding as set forth in the USF catalog
  • Maintain full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester) undergraduate enrollment

Here’s what to prepare for Talent Scholarship Day

Visual Arts

The faculty reviews visual arts portfolios and makes evaluations based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Design and drawing skills
  • Technical achievement
  • Academic achievement

Your portfolio should have 12-15 works demonstrating two-dimensional (drawing, painting), three-dimensional (sculpture or ceramics) or any other media illustrating design ability.

Marching Band

Enrollment and scholarship opportunities for the USF Marching Pride are open to all students regardless of major. Audition requirements are similar to those listed for music technology scholarships:


  • Major scales up to four sharps and flats
  • Prepared solo piece of your choosing
  • Sight reading


  • Standard rudiments (to include metered rolls, flams and paradiddles)
  • Prepared snare drum piece
  • Sight reading on snare drum

Color Guard:

  • 45-60 second solo to music showcasing best flag and dance skills
  • Solo should include at least 30 seconds of flag, choreography should combine movement with flag throughout the piece
  • Solo may be own choreography or something previously performed. However, if using someone else’s choreography, credit should be given to the choreographer
  • If student wishes to showcase more skills (rifle, sabre, tumbling, more dance, etc.), they may perform up to one additional minute of choreography. The whole piece should not be over 2 minutes
  • Student must provide own equipment


The faculty reviews communication portfolios and makes evaluations based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Technical skills
  • Writing skills
  • Academic achievement

Organizational Communication and Public Relations:
Bring a portfolio of writing samples, yearbook or newspaper work. These may be submitted in disk format.

Film Video and Media Production:
Bring one video or DVD production (limited to a five-minute sample) of your best work.

Prepare two contrasting (one comedy and one dramatic) one-minute monologues from published play scripts in an appropriate age range that do not contain a dialect. Prepare to introduce your audition pieces with the play’s title and the character’s name. If you wish to sing, prepare one monologue and one song (32-40 bars). If you are interested in technical theatre, bring at least one example of an art, craft, sewing, or carpentry project that represents your skill. Be prepared to discuss your theatre background and future goals.