These grants 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. We encourage Catron grant recipients to enhance their talents through academic or studio classes, structured hands-on experiences, or a combination of the two. Although the number of awards and funding amounts vary, the maximum awarded is $5,000.
Continuing undergraduate sophomore and juniors in good standing are eligible to apply. Academic credit may be awarded for the work, but this is not required.
- You can only apply for and receive one Charles Center-funded grant per summer (this includes Charles Center Summer Research Grants, Honors Fellowships, and Monroe Scholar funding.
- If you have already been selected for a Charles Center-sponsored internship (such as Woody, Freeman, City Scholars, etc.) for Summer 2023, you will not be eligible for consideration for the Catron Scholarship.
Applications for summer 2023 are due by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2023.
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.
How to Apply
- Discuss your project or program proposal idea with a faculty member who will write your recommendation letter. Make sure the faculty member knows the application deadline.
- Access the online application and create an account. Note: if you use your W&M email address to sign up, when choosing your password, you must ensure that it is a different password than the one used for your W&M account. This ensures that your W&M account is kept secure.
- Fill out the application form and upload the required documents (proposal, budget, personal statement, transcript, samples of creative work). Input your recommender's email.
- For technical questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The statement must be uploaded (as a PDF) into the online application.This statement should be no more than 2 pages, single-spaced. The statement needs to describe in detail the endeavor itself. The strongest applicants will demonstrate prior educational experiences that will help make the project a success.
In addition, it should include the following information:
The personal statement must be uploaded (as a PDF) into the online application. The statement should be no more than 1 single-spaced page. In the statement you should reflect on the factors that have influenced your artistic development and your goals both before and after graduation from William and Mary.
The budget must be uploaded (as a PDF) directly into the online application. The budget should be detailed (itemized when possible) and cover the period of the project, including any program costs.
Samples of Creative Work
Your samples should be uploaded to the online application form.
You must have your recommender review your sample materials prior to submitting the application.
If your project involves research with living human subjects (including talking to people, surveys, interviews, focus groups, or questionnaires), you or your faculty mentor must request approval from the appropriate Research Compliance committee before submitting your grant application in order for your application to be considered for funding. Approval from the committee can be pending when you submit your grant application, but approval must be received before you begin research per federal regulations.
How to Register for CITI Training
Please refer to the CITI Program Getting Started Guide with questions or contact [[w|cacorb]].
Please review the following information if you plan to travel internationally to conduct your summer research.
Upload an unofficial (from Banner self-service), William & Mary transcript, including your spring registration.
An applicant for a Catron Scholarship is required to have one letter of recommendation from a William & Mary faculty member who knows the applicant and their work well. The letter should indicate the length of time and context in which the faculty member has known the student.
In the recommendation, in addition to commenting on the applicant’s intellectual and academic strengths, the author should evaluate the student’s potential for success in carrying out the proposed creative endeavor. The recommender is also responsible for assisting the student during the exhibition and presentation of their work on campus in Fall 2023, and should make every effort to attend the presentation event.Your recommender will submit your letter through the online system. Once you have done this, the recommender will receive an email with instructions on how to submit the letter. Please ask your recommender to look for this email (it may go to a spam folder). You will be able to log into the system to see if the letter has been submitted. You may submit your application before the letter has been uploaded. The letter of recommendation is due three days after the application deadline and must be received in order for your proposal to be considered for funding. You are responsible for checking online to see whether the letter has been submitted by the letter of recommendation deadline.
What Happens Next?
- All Catron grant applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee consisting of representatives from the departments of Art & Art History; Creative Writing; Music; and Theatre, Speech & Dance.
- All general Charles Center Summer Grant and Monroe Grant applicants will receive an email about award decisions by mid-April. Notifications will go out in batches, starting in mid-March, so do not panic if someone else hears their outcome before you do. Honors Fellowship results will go out last.
- Students receiving a research grant will receive an award letter they must sign and return before their research grant is issued. If doing a research project with human subjects, you will need to provide your StudentIRB or faculty mentor's PHSC protocol number.
- Catron Scholars:
- will provide a thank you message to donors when instructed over the summer.
- will exhibit their work in a gallery on campus in Fall 2023 and give a presentation at a showcase held in Fall 2023
Congratulations to the Summer 2022 Catron Scholarship recipients.
|Adonis participated in the Ox-Bow Artist-in-Residency Mentorship. After completing several master classes, he has begun drafting and designing an original graphic novel.|
Chris took four graphic design courses through the Rhode Island School of Design's Continuing Education program to learn the capabilities and nuances of Adobe Creative Suite.
Ella spent the summer taking an intensive letterpress course at the Penland School of Craft, in North Carolina, with Jessica Spring and Chandler O'Leary.
In Winter Harbor, Maine, Joshua investigated the way water shapes competing biodiverse ecosystems to establish harmony, as well as the contextual narrative that arises from this blending through art/science investigations.
Will explored what it means to grow older while still keeping in touch with one's inner child. He combined text with images to create a book detailing the process.
Yaxi took two workshops related to photography and ceramics in Anderson Ranch and another in Maine with a photographer to learn the photogravure technique.
The Catron fund was 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.