Louis E. Catron Scholarship for Artistic Development

Congratulations to the 2017 Catron Scholarship recipients:

Madelaine Foster - Cobalt Summer Scene Painting Program
Ayush Joshi - Jersey Surf World Class Drum Corps
Jiacheng Lei - Children's Book Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design
Devon Payne - Mount Gretna School of Art Intensive Program
Jun Shi - Career Discovery at Harvard Graduate School of Design
Virginia Tilley - Music Encoding Initiative (Independent Research) 
Kristine Turkal - New York Academy of Art Summer Undergraduate Residency Program
Noah Woodruff - New York Studio School Painting Marathon

Decisions of the committee are final.

The Catron Scholarship 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 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. The number of awards and funding amounts will vary, but no proposal will be awarded more than $5,000.


Continuing undergraduate students are eligible to apply.  Academic credit may be awarded for the work, but this is not required.


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  • All application materials are due by noon on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

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 s/he knows the application deadline.
  • Access the online application by clicking this link
  • Create an account using your email.wm.edu adress
  • Select Catron Scholarship for Academic Excellence as the program for which you are applying
  • Fill out the application form and upload the required documents (proposal, budget, personal statement, transcript).
  • Post your samples of your work online made accessible through a link. You will provide this link in the online application form.
  • Register your recommenders online. Your recommenders will submit your letters through the online system. Once you have registered your recommenders, they will each receive an email with instructions on  how to submit the letter. Please alert your recommenders 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 letters have been submitted. You may submit your application before the letters have been uploaded. Visit the FAQs page for more information on recommendation letters.
  • Submit your application.

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 project 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 which is on the State Department's Travel Warning list, you must petition for approval from the College under the W&M Travel Warning Policy.  Petitions for summer 2018 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 5:00 pm on April 16. See this page for details and plan to submit your petition by the February 28 Charles Center deadline.

Application Materials

The statement can be uploaded (as a Word document or PDF) or typed directly into the online application. This statement should be no more than 3 pages, double-spaced. The statement needs to describe in detail the endeavor itself. The strongest applicants will demonstrate clearly the educational underpinnings in their history 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 by your previous work
  • An explanation of how you have explored the available offerings in your project area at the College
  • 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 can be uploaded (as a Word document or PDF) or typed 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 can be uploaded (as a Word document or PDF) or typed directly into the online application. The statement should be no more than 2, double-spaced pages. 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, WM Banner transcript, including 2018 spring 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 at least one of your recommenders review your sample materials prior to submitting the application.

  • Visual artists should submit 5 images of their work.
  • Applied music student should submit a 5-10 minute recording with selections which 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.

Letters of Recommendation
An applicant for a Catron Scholarship is required to have two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant and their work well. At least one of these letters must be from a William & Mary faculty member.

All recommendation letters should indicate the length of time and context in which the author has known the student applying.

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 letters are due, with the rest of the application, by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.