Talent scholarships

These scholarships are based on an evaluation of the talent of individual students by faculty and advisors and provide funds approximately equal to half of the cost of in-state tuition. The determination of the awards is strictly the decision of Wayne State University. 

  • Art and Design

    The Wayne State University Talent Scholarship program is designed to recognize high school seniors or recent graduates with talent in ART and DESIGN. 

    Art and Art History Talent Scholarship Portfolio Review


    • Apply by November 1.
    • You must be a high school senior or recent graduate.
    • You must fulfill admission requirements to Wayne State University. Apply to Wayne State University today!
    • You must intend to pursue a degree in one of the following areas: ceramics, digital arts, drawing, fashion design and merchandising, fibers, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.

    Award terms

    • The talent scholarship is available for eight consecutive academic terms or until you obtain the baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first
    • You must maintain good academic standing and meet the performance standards set by the department.
    • You must major in the talent area for which you are applying.
    • You must attend full time (12-16 credit hours) during the Fall and Winter terms. (Spring/Summer terms excluded.)
    • You may be awarded a talent scholarship in only one area of study.

    Portfolio review

    Portfolio reviews may be held in person or online. Students are expected to bring/upload 10-15 pieces of work from a variety of mediums. High school transcripts are not necessesary, but are always welcome.

    The portfolio review is your opportunity to speak about your artwork. Why did you choose that color? Which techniques did you use? What are the influences on your work? What are your goals for studying Art or Design? These are some of the things that help the committee understand you, your work, and the processes you use. Think about these questions and others which might help the professors/advisors better understand your artwork. 

    What to expect

    The Art Department Scholarships and Awards Committee consists of faculty and advisors from the art department. All portfolio reviews will occur after the application deadline date has ended. Scholarship offers will be emailed to students. Those students who have been awarded will need to sign, date, and return the Talent Scholarship Agreement Form to the Chair of the Scholarships and Awards Committee Chair. All students who have applied will be contacted regardless of scholarship award decisions.

    Questions? Email Avanti Herczeg, Art Department Scholarships and Awards Committee Chair, at ac2208@wayne.edu

  • Music

    The Department of Music awards talent-based scholarships to undergraduate and graduate music majors with superior academic records and high musical achievement. These scholarships require recipients to maintain a 3.0 grade point average, participate in a major ensemble as assigned by the Department of Music, and enroll for a minimum of twelve undergraduate credit hours per term (nine graduate hours per term). Talent-based scholarships are renewable up to four years for undergraduate students and up to two years for graduate students.

    All incoming students are considered for a talent-based scholarship during their audition. 

    Students will be notified by mail in March/April if they have been selected for a talent-based scholarship for the following academic year.

  • Theatre

    Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University awards a number of four-year scholarships to promising young theatre and dance students. Awards are achieved by audition and/or interview and are available in both the performance (acting) and the production (scenic, lighting, costume, and stage management) areas.

    Questions? Email James Fortune at james.fortune2@wayne.edu

  • Dance

    Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University awards a number of four-year scholarships to promising dance students. Talent scholarships are awarded by audition only.

    Talent Scholarships minimum eligibility requirements:

    • You will be graduating from high school in the spring or summer of the current school year with a minimum 2.75 high school grade point average.
    • You are admitted to Wayne State University.
    • You completed the audition process to the Wayne State University Department of Theatre and Dance

    Talent Scholarship Award recipients must meet the following guidelines:

    1. Be a full-time student at WSU for eight consecutive semesters carrying 12-16 credits hours during each Fall and Winter term;
    2. Be a Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance Major in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts for eight semesters, following the Dance Major curriculum;
    3. Maintain a 2.5 grade point average overall and a 3.0 grade point average in dance courses;
    4. Perform every semester for eight consecutive semesters, being a member of one of the WSU Dance Companies for at least two semesters.*
    5. Perform other related activities and events in the Dance Department as requested by the company director(s) or Chair of the department.**
    6. Conduct oneself professionally and respectfully at all times, both on-campus and off-campus, when representing WSU and the Department of Theatre & Dance. ***
    7. Fully abide by the WSU Student Code of Conduct at all times, both on-campus and off-campus, when representing WSU and the Department of Theatre & Dance. ***
    8. Dance majors who have completed 45 credits hours but have not completed Basic Composition (BC) will be placed on department probation and will be ineligible to be cast and perform in dance companies, touring, or repertory (faculty and guest artists) in the courses DNC 5000, DNC 5610, DNC 5800.
    9. Scholarships are renewed contingent upon successful annual review.

    * Exceptions are granted by the Chair for Student Teaching, Study Abroad, and other special circumstances.
    ** These may include fundraising activities, donor and sponsor events, or other scholarship related activities.
    *** Unprofessional conduct or violation of the WSU Student Code of Conduct is grounds for immediate termination of the scholarship.

    Questions? Email James Fortune at james.fortune2@wayne.edu