Performance scholarships include two each in art (painting or sculpture), communications (video production), music (voice or instrument), speech (debate), theatre (performance or design) and photography. Each is renewable annually for up to four years of undergraduate study based upon continuing academic excellence and a major or minor in the performance area of interest.
“These scholarships are designed to attract academically excellent students who have performance abilities that can enhance the community through various art media,” said Jonathan Reed, interim dean, College of Arts and Sciences. “Each also has the potential to change a student’s life.”
According to Reed, study under a performance scholarship involves extracurricular activities that are woven into the academic regimen, such as theatre or musical presentations. As a result, students experience how classroom study is integrated with their various artistic skills.
“Our hope is to elevate the quality of the educational experience for everyone,” Reed said. “The arts showcase La Verne’s entire academic programs, and in fact public performances are, in some ways, the face of the university by virtue of their visibility. La Verne has really developed into a university that more and more potential students are considering because of its excellent program.”
Melanie Nadon is a freshman political science major who anticipates double majoring in her performance area: speech debate. She received a scholarship and this winter will compete in the World Universities Debating Championship in the Philippines and the Oxford Intervarsity Debating Competition.
“The thing that really drew me to La Verne was debate,” she said. “The team goes all over the world, and I really believe that my travels and all that I learn from debating, including knowledge of current events and history, are going to make me more culturally aware and well-rounded.”
Kyle Deeley, a sophomore from Hawaii majoring in communications, said
La Verne’s video production program is “exactly what I wanted.”
“This program is going to give me the skills that I need to be competitive in the job market,” he said. “I can learn without a huge cloud of financial responsibility hanging over my head.”
For additional information, contact the Office of Admission at (800) 876-4858 or visit http://laverne.edu/performance.