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Virtual Cougar Transfer Days

December 1 or 3 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
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As a transfer student, we know you have distinct questions and objectives during your search for a new college home. Explore what USF has to offer and get your pre-enrollment steps accomplished all at one time.

Talent Scholarship Day (Attention Artists & Performers!)

  • December 4, 2020
  • March 5, 2021

Appointments are Required

You may schedule a virtual or in-person audition through Molly McGowan at 260-399-8064 or

In the fall and spring of each year, the Creative Arts 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 Creative Arts faculty for talent scholarship consideration.

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

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

You can also submit a digital portfolio for faculty review, please send an email with:

  • 3-10 images of your best work (attached) to
  • In the body of the email please include a list of the images with the following information: Ex. Image #1: title, medium, size, and year made (feel free to include any notes/descriptions for the faculty regarding each piece).
  • Complete and attach a Portfolio Review Form.

A Creative Arts faculty member will review your submission and make a scholarship recommendation to the office of Financial Aid. Please contact Molly McGowan, Creative Arts Coordinator, with any questions at or 260-399-8064.

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.


Students can audition at the Ballet or virtually. The faculty reviews the performance audition and makes evaluations based on the following criteria that apply:

  • Technique
  • Musicality
  • Artistic quality
  • Interview

The audition on site will include participation in a class of 1½ to two hours in length. If you are auditioning virtually please prepare a solo of your choice, up to three minutes in a length.

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