Louis E. Catron Grant for Artistic Development

Congratulations to the 2019 Catron Scholarship recipients:
List of 2019 Catron Scholars

Student Name

Project Description

Evan Broennimann

Evan is taking two classes this summer. The first- held at Montgomery College in Maryland- focuses on the creation of a ceramic animal head, using slab building and pipe armature. In his second class at the MassArt’s Art in New England program at Bennington College, Evan is learning to incorporate transparency into art while working with wires, paper and paper clay.
Elizabeth Earls Elizabeth is participating in a 3-week landscape painting workshop in Monte Castello, Italy, led by renowned American painter Stanley Lewis. She makes day trips to Rome, Florence and Orvieto, and her evenings are filled with lectures from Lewis and other painters.
Eleanor Grace Eleanor is taking a course at the Maine Media Workshop that will teach her how to utilize different lighting arrangements in various conditions, thus enabling her to create depth in her photographs.
Ella Kasten In her sculptural and architectural studies, Ella often replicates patterns found in nature. She is taking the Stacks, Slats & Bundles workshop at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts to help her develop these themes even further.
Evan Laughlin Evan hopes to enhance the Ballroom and Swing Dance Clubs at W&M. Rigorously studying Ballroom Dance and Lindy Hop and taking private lessons will allow him to do just that.
Abbigayle Lins Abbigayle is honing her skills to connect drawing as a physical and cerebral activity at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
Richard Liu Richard is taking an 8 week Introduction to Architecture class at Cornell where he is learning about the process of architectural designs.
Christina McBride Christina is attending the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College.
Jingxin Wu Jingxin is improving their photography skills at Maine Media by participating in workshops during the summer.
Ruochun Yang Ruochun is expanding her photography portfolio through intense work and professional critiques provided through the Summer Residency Program at the School of Visual Arts.

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.

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, 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 awared 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.


The application components are detailed below


All applications must be submitted by 12 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2020.


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 email.wm.edu 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.

International Travel Insurance

Recipients of the Catron Scholarship who plan to travel internationally for their projects are required to get insurance for the length of time they are abroad. The Global Education Office at the Reves Center strongly recommends that you purchase Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) insurance. Read more about CISI and how to purchase it.

Travel Warning

If you plan to travel to a country on the State Department's Travel Warning list, you must petition for approval from the university under the W&M Travel Warning Policy.  Petitions for summer Charles Center-funded travel/research/internship in a country under a travel warning must be received by Nick Vasquez, International Travel and Security Manager, by the Reves Center's mid-April deadline. See this page for details and plan to submit your petition by the Charles Center deadline.

Application Materials

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

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.