If a student misses the application deadline, can she still apply? No. The deadline is the deadline.
Does the scholarship apply to my current class level, to be applied to next year? For example, I'm a sophomore, so can I apply for a scholarship now to be applied to my Junior year? No. Scholarships are for the current year and for current Junior or Senior students, or Master's candidates.
CLASS LEVEL CLASSIFICATION: Undergraduate student levels are defined by your college’s academic program credit hours accumulated, not by number of years enrolled. See your college’s catalogue for criteria. For example, some students may be in their 1st or 2nd year of college attendance, but already accumulated sufficient credit hours to be classified as Juniors or Seniors.
Can a second year Master’s student apply? Yes. Even if she won a scholarship the previous year.
Is a student working on her PhD eligible for our scholarships? No, we haven’t expanded to that level.
Can a student taking a “gap year” and applying to graduate school apply? No. Currently actively enrolled students only.
Can an applicant apply in 2 categories, such as Musical Theater and Drama or Drama and Vocal Music? No, pick one. Our advice is look at what your major is and apply there. If you're doing a double-major or integrative degree, look where your artistic talents and passions are strongest, then apply in that category. Or talk with your major professor(s) to get their perspective. Many professors have been writing 3Arts recommendations letters for their students for a number of years, so are sure to have thoughts on where you might best be able to compete for our funds.
Can the letter of recommendation and the letter of character reference be one letter from the same professor? No. Your Letter of Recommendation should be from your primary instructor for your major degree. Your Character Reference Letter should be from a non-family member who is an instructor, employer, guidance counselor, mentor, coach etc.
Does the student need to submit the entire application packet all at once? Can recommendation/character reference letters be sent separately by the writers? For tracking simplicity, we would prefer to receive application materials as one single packet. However, we realize that may not be possible every time. Sometimes instructors or character reference writers don’t want the student to see the letters they provide, so they can send the letter themselves directly to 3Arts’ email.
Must the music played for submissions or in-person auditions be memorized? No.
IN-PERSON AUDITIONS: Does the sponsor of the scholarships provide accompanists? No. The applicant brings her own accompanist.
Can a student who, for religious reasons, cannot do an audition on Saturday instead audition on Friday before sunset or on Saturday after sunset? No. Our judges are available only at the times stated.
Can a Master’s applicant audition on undergraduate day if she has a really good reason that she can’t attend on her scheduled day? Yes, the audition will be scheduled first or last and recorded by the category chair. The recording will be shown to the judges on Master’s audition day to refresh the judges’ memory.
DID 3ARTS RECEIVE MY APPLICATION PACKET? Within a week of sending your submission packet, you should receive an email acknowledgement from 3ArtsScholarship@gmail.com that your application packet was received. If not, please ensure 3Arts is in your email safe-senders list and contact us. You may receive additional communication if your packet was not complete, and potentially given the opportunity to complete it if the submission deadline has not passed.
WAS I SELECTED AS A SEMI-FINALIST or for a SCHOLARSHIP? Within a week of the announcement date, you should receive an email from 3ArtsScholarship@gmail.com that you were selected as a semi-finalist or scholarship winner, or acknowledgement email if not selected. If you do not receive communication from us, please ensure 3Arts is in your safe-senders list and contact us. ALL key dates are listed on our website.
WHERE’S MY SCHOLARSHIP MONEY? Checks are mailed to college Bursar’s Offices by no later than March 31 annually from our Trustee at Fifth Third Bank. Each college has their own procedures and timelines.
General process is that the check is received, then the Bursar’s Office reviews your student financial aid files and related information. The Bursar’s Office will then apply all or part of the award directly to your scholarship monies. Any partial funds not directly applied to your scholarship are deposited into your student account to use how you choose. Three Arts Scholarship Fund Inc. has zero control over how funds are applied as this is directed by Federal law. Any disbursement or money application disputes should be directed to your Bursar’s Office.
Some colleges have additional paperwork to complete in order to transfer funds to their Financial Aid office. We do not need your student ID# as the Bursar’s and Financial Aid Offices handle this.
We have NO control over your college’s processes, but if funds are not received by your Bursar’s Office, please let us know and we’ll start the tracing process and replace checks if needed. Tracing processes may take several weeks.
With many college staff working from home or hybrid working, there may be delays.