Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship
The Gulf County, Florida Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship was created to award students with a special ability in
visual art, dance, creative writing, music, and theatre. At least two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded – one to a Port St. Joe
High School graduate and one to a Wewahitchka High School graduate.
Applicants should meet the requirements as follows:
Be a graduate of a public Gulf County, Florida high school
Have applied and been accepted to a recognized college, university, or professional school.
Be planning to pursue further studies in visual arts, dance, music, or theater.
Complete the application process by the deadline.
Graduated from high school with a grade point average or 2.5 or above.
Applicants should submit the following by May 15, 2010
A written statement of approximately one page, typewritten, double-spaced, on their background (specific information) in
visual and/or performing arts, career goals, and how this financial support will make a significant difference in the pursuance of
Two letters of recommendations from persons knowing their visual and/or performing arts background and potential (parents
or friends not included). Recommenders should be identified by title and/or their relationship to the applicant.
An official/certified copy of their high school or if applicable college transcript.
A completed application form. See pages 4 and 5.
A portfolio presentation or audition submitted by mail following the guidelines as stated on pages 2 and 3.
Note: Be advised that submissions cannot be returned.
SELECTION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Candidates will meet all candidate requirements.
A committee consisting of regional visual and performing artists and/or regional community members will review
applications and determine scholarship recipients.
Some consideration will be given to financial need.
The recipients will be notified within two weeks of selection.
The recipients will receive the scholarship upon presenting proof of registration at the postsecondary school declared in their
Priority will be given 2010 Gulf County public school graduates.
GUIDELINES FOR PORTFOLIO PRESENTATIONS OR AUDITIONS TO BE
SUBMITTED BY MAIL
Art submissions should consist of photographs, DVD, or VHS tape of each individual work and a list of each piece’s title,
dimensions, and medium. Please do not submit original pieces. It is suggested that each candidate present portfolios of 7 to 10
pieces of work in at least two media, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography or other art forms.
Creative writing submissions should consist of short stories, essays, poems, scripts, or novel excerpts, and a list of the titles of
each submission. Please do not send original work. Submit no more than a total of 25 typed pages. Your submission can be one
work or several different works. Include with your submission an essay on why you write and how creative writing figures into
your future plans. Limit entire work(s) submitted to 25 typed pages. Work(s) must be typed, double-spaced (except for poems),
and include a header on each page with name of work and page number.
Dance performance submissions should include a DVD or VHS taped dance audition presenting two short dance pieces
representing a range of styles and oral responses to the following questions/prompts: Why are you interested in dance? Describe
your preparation, rehearsal and performance process. Describe as best you can what goes on in your mind while you are
performing. Limit entire submission to 15 minutes.
Music submissions should include: (1) a DVD or VHS taped music audition as noted below, (2) a sight-reading piece that is
supervised by a current instructor (this should be one piece of music chosen by the instructor and not shown to the applicant until
the taped audition; vocal students should be given the first note), (3) a copy of the sight reading sheet music, and (4) an oral
statement from the student regarding his or her musical training, background, and experience. Limit entire submission to 15
Instrumental – a standard solo piece with piano accompaniment or an appropriate technical etude without accompaniment.
Piano/Organ – a standard piece, preferably from memory.
Vocal – a selection from the standard classical repertoire showing the student’s voice to the best advantage. It is suggested
that this be from memory and not include show tunes, rock, or pop selections.
Theatre submissions should include a DVD or VHS taped theatre audition of two pieces, one serious, and the other comic.
One should be from the classical repertoire (Greek, Shakespeare, Moliere, etc.), and the other should be modern (post-1875).
Each should be approximately two minutes in length or less and should consist of one character. While it is acceptable to assume
the presence of another character or to edit and combine speeches, do not attempt to play more that one role per piece. The
pieces should be fully memorized and staged to include movement. In addition, the tape should include oral responses to the
following questions/prompts: Why are you interested in doing theatre? Describe your preparation, rehearsal, and performance
process. Describe as best you can what goes on in your mind while you are performing. Limit entire submission to 15 minutes.
Theatre design/production submissions should consist of photographs, DVD, VHS tapes, or copies of designs, working
drawings, prompt books, video productions, etc. Limit entire submission to 15 minutes.
NOTE: Be advised that submissions cannot be returned.