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Fine arts scholarships

Apply for fine arts scholarships at K-State, a place with a strong and rich history of supporting the fine arts. Contact one of these programs for more scholarship information.


The Department of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in drawing, graphic design, digital arts, metals and jewelry, printmaking, painting, ceramics, photography, and a Bachelor of Arts in most concentrations and art history. The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design.

Art scholarships

Department of Art scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman and transfer students based on a submitted application made up of a digital copy of a recent transcript, a letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor, and digitally uploaded portfolio of up to three works. For complete details about submission requirements, please visit the department website.

For more information, contact:

Wendy Queal, Academic Advisor
Department of Art
Kansas State University
111 Willard Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3705
Fax: 785-532-0334


The dance program offers dance in a liberal arts setting and provides education in dance as a performing art and a field of intellectual endeavor. The program provides strong, versatile training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and musical stage dance techniques, as well as movement analysis, anatomy, aesthetics, history, teaching methodology, fieldwork, and dance production.

Dance scholarships

Talent scholarships are available and are awarded each spring to both entering and continuing students who have declared dance as their minor. Scholarships for entering students are based on an audition and interview held during K-State Dance Day.

For more information, contact:

Julie L. Pentz, Director of Dance
Department of Communication Studies, Theatre, and Dance
Kansas State University
129 Nichols Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-2301
Fax: 785-532-3714


The Department of Music offers opportunities for students who wish to major or minor in music, or just participate in ensembles. Students majoring in music may select a program that leads to:

  • A bachelor's degree in music performance, music theory and composition, or music history.
  • A bachelor of arts degree, emphasizing the many facets of a liberal education while allowing concentration on one or more special interest areas.
  • A bachelor of music education degree that leads to teacher certification.
  • An opportunity for students to combine degrees in diverse disciplines to meet your specific career objectives.
Music scholarships

The Department of Music annually sponsors Music Talent Award auditions. Scholarship funds are available in all performance areas, including keyboard, strings, voice, and wind and percussion. Interested students should contact the head of the Department of Music. Students seeking scholarships should audition directly for the artist-faculty.

For more information, contact:

Gary Mortenson, Head
Department of Music
Kansas State University
109 McCain Auditorium
Manhattan, KS 66506-4702


Theatre offers scholarships in all areas of theatre. Areas of specialization include acting, directing, design (costumes, lighting, and scenery), drama therapy, playwriting, stage management, and technical theatre.

Students are encouraged to take an active role in productions beginning their freshman year. You can participate in a major musical production, a classical play, five additional plays, an opera, and two dance concerts, as well as in Lunchbag Theatre, KSU Theatre Showcase, or the Ebony Theatre Company. In addition, students may participate in the drama therapy program.

Theatre scholarships

The theatre program awards scholarships to incoming freshman and transfer students. Applications are due in January, and auditions and interviews are held in February. Continuing student scholarships are awarded at the theatre banquet in May.

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Vellenga, Program Director - Theatre
School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Kansas State University
109 McCain Auditorium
Manhattan, KS 66506

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