Music and Theatre Scholarships

Music and Theatre Scholarships (also known as Enlightened Leadership Awards or ELAs) are competitive scholarships awarded to prospective admitted students who show outstanding talent and/or achievements in music (instrumental or vocal) or theatre (acting or tech/design). Recipients of this scholarship:

  • Receive a $20,000 tuition-specific scholarship ($5,000 per year, renewed up to four (4) years).
  • Do not have to declare a major or minor in music or theatre to receive this scholarship
  • Participate in ensembles and productions related to their talent, as demonstrated in their scholarship entry

How to Apply

  1. Complete your application for admission to K through the Common Application.
  2. Login to your Application Status Page after your application for admission is complete.
  3. Access the portal to the music and theatre scholarships link on the lower right by scrolling down the status page.
  4. Submit additional materials required for Music or Theatre, as listed below.
Scholarship Submission Deadline*January 31
Scholarship Decisions Release DateFebruary 11
*Entries submitted before November 1 may be reviewed by the College earlier and may positively impact applicants’ admission.

Music Scholarships

Completed scholarship entries include the following items

Current Résumé: featuring music study, teachers, ensembles, competitions, awards and artistic leadership.
Audition: two or more contrasting works (e.g. aria and art song; sonata movement and concerto movement; repertoire of different centuries, etc.) illustrating the breadth and quality of applicants technical and artistic achievements. Applicant audition can be submitted one of two ways:

  • Live auditions (conducted in-person or remotely): To arrange an audition, contact the appropriate person in the Music Department (listed below) or state your interest when registering for a campus visit.
  • Unedited audio or video file uploaded online: When recording files, please use the highest quality video and audio devices available to you. The submission should be recorded as if you are at a live audition. Although all submissions for music scholarships will receive equal consideration, live audition is strongly preferred.
Scholarship recipients are required to do the following upon matriculation to the College
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress while enrolled at Kalamazoo, according to College policy
  • actively participate in the music community at Kalamazoo College through an ensemble related to their submitted audition for at least two quarters per year while studying on campus (click here for a list of ensembles).
  • meet with the Music Department within their first term to determine how to satisfy participation requirements.

Scholarship recipients are not required to major or minor in music in order to receive this award.

Theatre Scholarships

Completed Scholarship entries include the following items

Current Résumé: featuring theatre study, teachers, ensembles, competitions, awards and/or artistic leadership.
Portfolio (for Technical/Design entries)
Audition (for Acting Entries)

Performance video of memorized performances of two contrasting monologues. The total time of both monologues must not exceed four minutes.
Introduce applicant pieces only by giving the name of the character, play and author. (Example: “Hello, my name is Ellen Barker. Today I will perform Betty from Vinegar Tom by Caryl Churchill. And Viola from Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.”) Please do not give any other information about the character or the plot of the play.
Choose single-character monologues. Refrain from impersonating several characters talking with each other.
Try to find a character within your range (age, personality, type, etc.) It’s best to do a character from a play rather than a screenplay for film or television. Make sure you read the whole play if your piece is from a book of monologues. Select monologues you find exciting. Have an acting teacher or drama coach evaluate your pieces before you submit your work. Also, do not choose a piece that requires a dialect.

Scholarship recipients are required to do the following upon matriculation to the College
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress while enrolled at Kalamazoo, according to College policy
  • actively participate in the theatrical/theatre community at Kalamazoo College for at least two terms per year while studying on campus. This might include, but is not limited to, taking theatre classes, auditioning for productions, or working on technical crews.
  • meet with the Theatre Department within their first term to determine how to satisfy participation requirements.
  • Scholarship recipients are not required to major or minor in theatre in order to receive this award.