Fine Arts Scholarships

Providence, Rhode Island is known as the ‘creative capital’, so it is only fitting that Providence College offers robust programs in the arts. Whether it be performing in the annual drama production, having artwork displayed in our Reilly Gallery, or getting the crowd going at our sporting events as a member of the pep band, there is no shortage of opportunities for our students to be involved in the arts.

We offer several scholarships in the amount of $22,000 per year to students who show exceptional potential in the fine arts and who choose to pursue a major in our Theatre, Music, and Art departments. In order to be considered for the fine arts scholarships, students must audition or submit a portfolio and must indicate one of the following majors on their common application: Theatre, Music, Music Education, Music Technology & Production, Art (Studio), or Art History.

When referenced below, portfolios, videos, and recordings are uploaded through SlideRoom’s integration with the Common Application.

Department of Theatre – Nagle Scholarship

The Department of Theatre accepts auditions virtually using SlideRoom and will set up in person auditions on a case by case basis. Audition requirements are as follows:

  • Two 1-2 minute monologues; one contemporary and one classical.
  • Students interested in the musical theatre track should also perform 32 bars.

Department of Art – McAllister Scholarship

The Department of Art accepts portfolios using SlideRoom. Portfolios should include the following:

  • 10 – 20 images formatted as JPEGs (or put into a PowerPoint or PDF).
  • File size of individual images should not exceed 1MB.
  • Images should represent your best and most recent work (junior and senior year) in any medium.
  • Examples of drawings done from observation (not from photos) are welcome, but not required.

Department of Music – Sister Gail Himrod Scholarship

The Department of Music accepts auditions virtually using Slideroom and is hosting in-person auditions on November 11, December 3, and January 21. Audition requirements are as follows:

Winds, Strings, Brass, Percussion

  • Repertoire – two pieces or movements of contrasting tempos (one must be with piano accompaniment)
  • Sight Reading

Piano, Harpsichord, Organ

Two compositions from two of the three groups:

  • Group A: A selection from the Baroque period
  • Group B: A movement of a piano sonata from the Classical period
  • Group C: A solo composition by a 19th or 20th century composer


  • Two memorized songs (different languages preferred, but not required.)
  • Sight Reading

Guitar, Electric Bass

  • Scales and chords (Chord arpeggios for Bass)
  • Two contrasting pieces
  •  Sight Reading

Musical Theatre Track

  • Two memorized songs 1 Upbeat Broadway 1 Slow Ballad
  • Sight Reading

Music Technology & Production

  • Perform an audition on primary instrument/voice
  • or submit a portfolio.

Portfolios and Submissions Work samples may consist of scores and/or tracks that display writing for a variety of styles and/or genres, for ensembles of any size. Typical submissions include lead sheets (i.e. melody, chords, and lyrics), works for small and large jazz formats, works for film and game music, and other contemporary popular music genres. Applicants with a background in classical composition are encouraged to submit one example of original noncommercial works.

Please choose one, or a combination of the options below to upload along with your application – must include a total of two (2) submissions:

Representative samples of music scores that you have composed in PDF format, including audio and/or audiovisual material (.mov, .wmv, .wav, or .mp3 format). Audio MIDI realizations are acceptable, while real audio is preferred.

Representative samples of tracks produced exclusively by you, showing dramatic range, and ability to use virtual instruments, incorporate audio recordings, samples, etc. in a current DAW (Pro Tools, Logic, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase, FL Studio, etc).

For each track, please include a detailed explanation of the production process, including overall concept, DAW/software used, description of how you obtained and manipulated samples, and the mixing process.

If applicable, please supplement each track with any notation you use to organize your work. Please include any lyrics, with notes on the flow (if applicable).