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Louis E. Catron Grant for Artistic Development

General Information

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 (adhering to the most recent William & Mary travel guidelines), for a summer or a semester. 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. Note: You can only apply for and receive one Charles Center funded research grant per summer (this includes Monroe Scholar funding, as well as the Charles Center Summer Research grants).



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.


The application components are detailed below


Applications for summer 2022 are due by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2022.


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 using your address.
  • Select Catron Grant for Artistic Development as the program for which you are applying.
  • Fill out the application form and upload the required documents (proposal, budget, personal statement, transcript).
  • Post samples of your work online and make the post accessible through a link: You will provide this link in the online application form.
  • Register your recommender online. Your recommender will submit your letters 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. Visit the FAQs page for more information on recommendation letters.

Be sure to read the FAQs page for all Charles Center Summer Scholarship applications for further information, including who to contact for help preparing your application and the process of applying.

Travel Policies and Student IRB

Please read the Charles Center Student IRB and Travel Policy webpage. All posted policies apply to the Catron Grant.

Application Materials

The Charles Center is assuming projects will be in-person in Summer 2022, but students will need to provdive a virtual research plan should access to campus labs, and direct contact with human research subjects or travel are not possible. Please address this in your proposal accordingly. 

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:

  • 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 for your previous work
  • An explanation of how you have explored the available offerings in your project area at William & Mary
  • The project timeline
  • The materials and resources you need to carry out the project
  • Your plan for how, upon your return to campus, you will share with faculty and fellow students the insights you have discovered
  • What modifications would you make to this project if the pandemic ends before summer and you can travel, work indoors on campus, meet people face-to-face, etc.?

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.

Personal Statement
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.

Upload an unofficial, W&M Banner transcript (screen shots are fine), including your current registration. If you studied abroad or completed other off-campus academic work, please upload those transcripts, too.

Samples of Creative Work
Your samples should be uploaded online and made accessible through a link that you will provide on the online application form. Depending on the type of creative work, you may choose to upload videos to YouTube, post your materials on a blog, or use google docs or dropbox to make your materials accessible. Other types of sites for music or photographs are also acceptable. You must have at least one of their recommenders review your sample materials prior to submitting the application. It is up to you to make sure that committee members reviewing the applications can access your materials through the link you provide on your application.

You must have your recommender review your sample materials prior to submitting the application.

  • Visual artists should submit 5 images of their work.
  • Applied music students should submit a 5-10 minute recording with selections that best demonstrate their performance abilities.
  • Creative writers should submit a writing sample of 15-20 double-spaced pages in the same genre as the project being proposed.
  • Filmmakers should submit a 5-10 minute highlight reel and provide an explanation of each sample (what the assignment was and if applicable, the applicant's role on the production, etc.). The explanation can be included as a voice-over in the video or submitted separately in written form (using google docs, dropbox, a blog, etc) to make it accessible online.
  • Theatre and dance students should submit a 5 minute highlight reel which illustrates their technical ability and capability to carry out the proposed project. This may be an existing video or one created specifically for this application.

Letter of Recommendation
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. These letter is due by the application deadline.

Application Reviews
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.

Congratulations to the Catron Scholarship recipients.

You can view a virtual gallery of the 2020 Catron recipients' work.

Student Name

Project Description

Abby Comey

Abby used the Catron Grant to attend the New York State Summer Writers Institute run virtually by Skidmore College. At the institute, Abby worked on a novel manuscript about the Methodist Church's anticipated split over LGBTQ+ marriage and ordination.
Avery Hines

Avery enrolled in the visual art course "Identity Design for Branding" at the Rhode Island School of Design. The course was a six-week course, taught in synchronous online sessions, about creating a brand identity and what factors go into design. By the end of the course Avery created an entire design manual (logos, website prototype, stationery, etc.) for a brand.

Savannah Orsak

Savannah took a Textile Science summer course at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Savannah's goal in this endeavor was to supplement her Interdisciplinary academic career in studio art, applied science, business, and architecture in order to further build a broader set of technical design skills that are essential to adapting in the professional world of interdisciplinary design, specifically one in fashion and textiles.

Martha Rose

Martha attended a 7 week painting intensive sponsored by Mount Gretna School of Art. During these 7 weeks, Martha had the opportunity to work alongside fellow artists to improve skills in landscape painting in an immersive and inspiring environment, focusing on observation and personal practice. Martha also received instruction from highly accredited artists and lecturers, getting a unique opportunity to work and learn within the art community.

Ephraim Takyi

Ephraim auditioned and attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Summer Musical Theatre Intensive. Over this 6 week Summer Program, the classes were hybrid within the New York facility and online. Through the Musical Theatre Intensive, Ephraim was educated on acting technique, audition skills, and much more that helped Ephraim's future of auditioning for Broadway Musicals.

Sumie Yotsukura

Sumie pursued specialized training from Broadway and regional professionals to prepare herself to successfully complete her planned honors thesis on musical theatre and to enter the workforce. By taking classes, having coachings, and participating in intensives Sumie is unable to access during the school year, Sumie built on the foundation provided by her W&M training to flesh out the performing arts portion of her education.


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.