Louis E. Catron Scholarship for Artistic Development
The Catron Scholarship Fund is established for Dr. Louis E. Catron, Professor of Theatre Emeritus, who taught courses and directed productions in the theatre department at William and Mary from 1966 to 2002.
These scholarships are intended to support the artistic growth of talented students in the creative and performing arts through off-campus educational experiences, either at a formal educational institution or through structured practical hands-on exposure, in the United States or abroad, for a summer or a semester.
This fund's purpose is to encourage students to develop as artists through experiences at various off-campus venues that extend beyond the existing William & Mary curriculum and departmental programs. To that end, the Fund will support off-campus activities that are instrumental in helping students enhance their artistic capabilities through academic or studio classes, structured hands-on experiences, or a combination of the two.
Continuing undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Academic credit may be awarded for the work, but this is not required.
In this first year, applications for summer 2013, fall 2013, and spring 2014 will be due by 12 p.m. on Wednesday April 3. Candidates should submit a complete set of the following to the Charles Center by this date:
- Proposal describing in detail the endeavor itself, as well as: your goals for the endeavor; how this will contribute to your creative development; your qualifications (academic or other) to carry out the endeavor, including any recognition achieved by your previous work; the project timeline; the materials and resources you need to carry out the project; and your plan for how, upon your return to campus, you will share with faculty and fellow students the insights you have discovered. (max. 3 pages, double-spaced)
- Detailed budget for the period of the project, including any program costs.
- Personal statement in which you reflect on the factors that have influenced your artistic development and your goals both before and after graduation from William and Mary (max. 2 pages, double-spaced).
- W&M Banner transcript including spring 2013 registration and transcripts from any off-campus academic work
- Samples of your creative work:
- Visual artists should submit 5 slides
- Applied music students should submit a 5-10 minute recording (or link to an online site) with selections which best demonstrate their performance abilities.
- Creative writers should submit a writing sample of 15-20 pages in the same genre as the project being proposed
- Filmmakers should submit a 5-10 minute highlight DVD (or link to an online site) and provide a written explanation of each sample (what the assignment was. if applicable, the applicant's role on the production, etc.)
- Theatre and dance students should submit a 5-minute highlight DVD (or link to an online site) which illustrates their technical ability and ability to carry out the project they propose; this may be an existing video, or it may be created specifically for this application
In addition, candidates should submit one letter of recommendation from a faculty member who knows the candidate's work well and can attest to his/her potential for success in the proposed creative endeavor. This letter, which is also due by noon on April 3, may be emailed as an attachment to [[jnkimx, Jane Kim firstname.lastname@example.org]].
A committee of William and Mary faculty members will begin reviewing submissions on April 3. The number of awards and funding amounts will vary, but no proposal will be awarded more than $5000. All applicants will be notified of the committee's decisions by April 15.
The following are illustrations of possible activities. Note that these examples are descriptive, not prescriptive.
- Visual art students may elect to take off-campus studio classes, intern at a museum, or tour specialized museums under the guidance of an expert.
- Creative writing students might attend a writer's residency, workshop, or conference.
- Music students might decide to enroll in off-campus master classes, take part in a music festival, or intern with a professional orchestra.
- Theatre students who are playwrights, actors, directors, or designers may seek funding to participate in off-campus internships, productions, workshops, or classes.
Please contact [[lmgrim, Lisa Grimes]] with questions.