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Arts and Humanities Scholarship Day Requirements

Participants, please bring your submissions with you.

Students who are competing for Arts and Humanities Scholarships must share a sampling of their creative talents or expressions with a panel of faculty and staff. Students will share their selected creative talents or expressions during an informal interview process with faculty and staff in the department they hope to enter as majors.

On Scholarship Day, students in Humanities—English, Communication, Liberal Studies, and Spanish—will need to bring sample work and be prepared for an interview with faculty. Music and Theatre students will have auditions. And Art and Graphic Design students are asked to bring a portfolio.  For detailed instructions click your specific subject area below.


For new students admitted to Parkside who will begin their studies in 2021-2022.

Scholarship Application Due


Scholarship Day


Creative Talent and Expression Requirements

Art scholarship candidates must select and be prepared to present five of their best art pieces, two of which must be drawings. The other selections must be in other techniques or media, but all five of your portfolio pieces should be representative of your 2D/3D visual skills. The selections should be presented in a professional way, matted or mounted appropriately. Time-based digital media (i.e. animation/film) should be saved on CDs or DVDs and should be no longer than 3 minutes each.

Here are the acceptable formats and size limitations per file: GIF (5MB limit), MOV (60MB limit), WMV (60MB limit), FLV (60MB limit) or MP4 (10MB limit).

The Communication Department prepares students for the 21st century. We recognize the importance of supporting students and of equal access to higher education. We are pleased to offer this scholarship opportunity for incoming Communication students.

Communication scholarship applicants will be selected based on on-site interviews on the Scholarship Day. In addition to addressing questions related to communication interests and plans, student should be prepared to discuss a specific example of how she or he has used communication to have a positive impact in the community. Students are encouraged to bring an exemplar sample of a communication product (e.g., written speech, essay, news article, blog, video, website, etc.) to show and discuss. 

English scholarship applicants should bring a portfolio of a few examples of their writing. The writing samples might include a literary analysis, an argumentative paper, or a persuasive paper, which can be from a subject other than English. Portfolios can also include creative work, such as poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, and/or personal essays. There is no length requirement for the pieces included in the portfolio; our interest is in the quality of the applicant's writing.

Liberal Studies scholarship applicants should bring a sample of their work, which best exemplifies their ability to use knowledge and/or express themselves creatively in more than one discipline. Examples of student work might include, but are not limited to, one of the following: research paper, short film, multi-media presentation, project portfolio.

Interviews (15 minutes) on scholarship day will include a five-minute presentation by the student summarizing their work and emphasizing its interdisciplinary nature, followed by questions from Liberal Studies faculty.

All students auditioning for Music Department program entry and scholarships must perform a live audition for a faculty panel. The audition consists of a performance of prepared music and a short sight-reading exercise (except voice students). Please, check the specific instructions for your instrument or voice below. We advise that you consult your current music teacher when selecting music for the audition. The total amount of music should not exceed ten minutes.

Accompaniment: If your music has a piano accompaniment, you must perform with piano accompaniment. It is recommended that you bring your own pianist, but if you are unable the Music Department will provide an accompanist for you.

Music Theory Questionnaire: Students come to college with a wide range of preparatory training and learned skills. The purpose of the Music Theory questionnaire is to place incoming musicians into the Music Theory course appropriate to each student’s skills and experience in Music. All incoming students complete a Music Theory placement test to assess their knowledge of basic elements of music. This short questionnaire is taken after your performance audition.

Keyboard Placement Test: The purpose of the keyboard placement test is to place students at an appropriate level of keyboard instruction in the freshman year. Students who have piano skills will be asked to play a short, prepared piece of their choice, major scales, and a sight-reading exercise. The keyboard placement test is optional. Prospective students may elect to skip the test and enroll in Keyboard Musicianship I. Students whose principal instrument is piano are exempt from this test.

Recommendation Letter: Students must submit a letter of recommendation from their current (or most recent) music teacher (non-traditional students may be exempt from this requirement). This letter may be mailed to the Assistant Chair before the audition or hand delivered at the audition.

Required Music Audition Repertoire

Strings (violin, viola, cello, string bass, harp)

  • Two contrasting pieces or contrasting movements from a multi-movement work from the WSMA class A list (for violin, viola, cello, ASTA repertoire level 5 or above may be used)
  • Two three-octave major scales of your choice.
  • A sight-reading exercise.
  • Students who do plan to audition on electric bass will be asked to perform a piece demonstrating music reading skills. Students without upright bass skills will be placed in the preparatory level of string bass instruction.

Woodwinds and Brass

  • A solo with contrasting Styles and Tempi,
  • or a slow and fast movement from a multi-movement work,
  • or two selections from different historical style periods.
  • Play a two octave chromatic scale


  • One solo for timpani, snare drum or multiple percussion AND one mallet keyboard work.
  • Candidates for Jazz Studies should demonstrate idiomatic time keeping in swing, latin, and rock styles.


  • A work of at least six minutes in duration
  • or a slow and fast movement from a multi-movement work
  • or two selections from different historical style periods


  • Vocalists are required to perform two selections by memory with piano accompaniment from the art song, operatic, sacred music, or music theater repertoire, with at least one of the selections from the art song repertoire.

Classical Guitar

  • A work of at least six minutes in duration,
  • or a slow and fast movement from a multi-movement work,
  • or two selections from different historical style periods.
  • Guitar players without classical guitar experience should demonstrate music reading skills and expect to be placed in the preparatory level of classical guitar instruction.

Spanish scholarship applicants should bring one writing sample (maximum one page) and be prepared to have a conversation in Spanish with a faculty member.

Writing Sample Topics:

  • Option 1: What place in the Spanish-speaking world would you most like to visit and why? ¿Adónde en el mundo hispanohablante más le gustaría visitar y por qué? 
  • Option 2: Imagine your ideal career and explain how you would use your linguistic and cultural skills in Spanish in this career. Imagínese cuál sería su carerra ideal y explique cómo utilizaría sus capacidades lingísticas y culturales en esa carerra. 
  • Option 3: By using Dr. Who's time machine, you can visit any place and any time in the history of the Spanish-speaking world. Where, when and why? A través de la máquina del tiempo del Dr. Who, usted tiene la capacidad de visitar a cualquier lugar en el mundo hispanohablante en cualquier momento histórico. ¿Adónde, cuándo y por qué? 
  • Option 4: Submit an original poem or short story in Spanish.

Conversation. Be prepared to:

  • Option 1: Talk about a recent vacation or life event.
  • Option 2: Talk about your favorite subject in school or sport.
  • Option 3: Describe and talk about a favorite book or movie.

Theatre Arts scholarship candidates wishing to become actors or directors are asked to prepare and present TWO memorized, contrasting 1-minute monologues that best show their range of talent.   You may also present a one-minute musical selection (optional), however you must provide your own recorded accompaniment on CD or dock.

Scholarship candidates wishing to become designers, technicians, or stage managers are asked to present a production portfolio/scrapbook that contains examples of previous theatrical or artistic projects. 

All scholarship candidates for the Theatre Arts must also provide a detailed theatre resume, listing all theatre-related experiences.  Be prepared to discuss the highlights of your resume. 

Ready for Arts and Humanities Scholarships?

If you are already accepted to Parkside, it's time to get started on your scholarship application and event registration. Your application will require information about yourself, including what major(s) you plan to study. You will also complete a general scholarship application to be considered for additional opportunities.


Edson Melendez | 262-595-2188 |  CAH@uwp.edu

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