Scholarships in the arts
Submission Information

Requirements

  • Students must live in or attend school in one of the 24-designated Shoreline Arts Alliance towns. These are: Branford, Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Haven, East Lyme, Essex, Guilford, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Middlefield, Middletown, North Branford, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Salem, Westbrook and must be in 11th or 12th grade (or equivalent if homeschooled).

  • Winners and special recognition awardees must attend the Showcase/Awards Reception. You will also be expected to write thank you notes to our sponsors and donors and to Shoreline Arts Alliance.

  • ALL Application materials and file uploads will be accepted via the Google Form linked below.

 

Media Requirements

  • You may be asked to appear for a photo shoot and interview with the local press and other media.

  • You are asked to share this honor with your high school principal, faculty, guidance counselors, private teacher (s), outside programs that you are involved in – i.e. student orchestras, community theatre, choruses, etc.

  • You are asked to include this honor in high school graduation programs, college applications, published bios, and other promotions.

  • You are asked to keep in touch with Shoreline Arts Alliance and update us on your accomplishments in your chosen art discipline. We want to share your news with our sponsors, donors, and constituents.

  • Shoreline Arts Alliance will be announcing these awards to newspapers, state legislators, schools, and social media.

  • Video clips from auditions/performances/presentations will be uploaded to our website and other sites for marketing and publicity purposes.

Awards and Reception

  • Information on Showcase/Awards Reception to follow. ​​


 

Audition/Portfolio Review Dates & Info

Creative Writing Portfolio

 

Students applying for Creative Writing must submit portfolios by the application deadline. Portfolios must be submited to the Google Form by midnight May 6th, 2021. File names must include your first and last name. Judges will provide a written critique to Shoreline Arts Alliance which will then be emailed to the student. 

 

Portfolio should include a body of work of 6 – 10 pages that demonstrates a high level of achievement based on originality, technical skill, and personal voice. Independent work is highly regarded by the judges; each applicant is strongly encouraged to submit work that best reflects his/her individual creative writing gifts. This work may spring from creative writing classes and workshops, magnet programs, summer creative writing programs, and other extra-curricular writing courses. Entries may include poetry, short stories, personal essays, short one-act plays or screenplays, or excerpts from longer works, in any combination that falls within the 6 to 10 page limit. All submissions must be typed and double-spaced with 1-inch margins. No teacher markings (i.e. edits, corrections, comments, grade, etc.) may be visible in the submission. Interviews will be held via a video conference.

 

Dance Auditions 

 

Dancers will be asked to upload a video via the Google Form of a solo dance piece no longer than 3 minutes in a technique of choice by midnight on May 6th, 2021. File names must include the students first and last name and the category (DANCE). Youtube links will also be accepted. The piece may be self-choreographed. Interviews will be held via a video conference call.

Music Auditions

 

Instrumental Music

Instrumentalists should prepare two short contrasting pieces to perform. They may be of the same time period as long as the styles contrast. Music selections should be from the standards in your instrument. No original compositions may be performed. Combined selections must be no more than 7 minutes. Instrumentalists will be asked to upload a video of their audition pieces via the Google Form by midnight May 6th, 2021. File names must include the students first and last name and the category (INSTRUMENTAL). Youtube links will also be accepted. Applicants may use https://www.appcompanist.com or a similar platform, but accompaniment is not required. Interviews will be held via a video conference call.

Vocal Music

Singers should prepare two short contrasting pieces to perform. Music selections should be from standards in the genres in which you are auditioning. No original compositions may be performed. Each selection should be no more than 21⁄2 - 3 minutes in length. Applicants will be asked to upload a video of their audition pieces via the Google Form by midnight May 6th, 2021. File names must include the students first and last name and the category (VOCAL). Youtube links will also be accepted. You may use https://www.appcompanist.com or a similar platform, but accompaniment is not required. Interviews will be held via a video conference call.

 
 

Theater Auditions

 

Theater

Actors should prepare two contrasting monologues to perform - one contemporary monologue and one traditional monologue. Each piece should be no longer than 21⁄2 - 3 minutes in length and memorized. Applicants will be asked to upload a video of their monologues via the Google Form by midnight May 6th, 2021. File names must include the students first and last name and the category (THEATER). Youtube links will also be accepted. Interviews will be held via a video conference call.

Musical Theatre

Actors should prepare two contrasting monologues to perform - one contemporary monologue and one traditional monologue plus a theatrical presentation of one song - uptempo or ballad. Songs should be no longer than 3 minutes. Applicants may use https://www.appcompanist.com or a similar platform, but accompaniment is not required. Applicants will be asked to upload a video of their complete auditions via the Google Form by midnight May 6th, 2021. File names must include the students first and last name. Youtube links will also be accepted. Interviews will be held via a video conference call.

 

Visual Arts Portfolio Review

 

All forms of visual art are encouraged to apply (i.e. ceramics, photography, painting, drawing, illustration, sculpture, etc). Portfolios must contain 3 – 5 images of original pieces representing a strong body of work.  Paintings and drawings copied from published works or photographs taken by anyone but the submitting artist will not be accepted. If work is copied from a photo taken by the artist the photo must accompany the submitted image. Artwork must be finished and completed within the last year. Videography is also accepted. All files must be named accordingly: “LastName_FirstName_TitleOfWork.jpg”. All files must be in JPEG format. No TIFF, RAW or PDF files will be accepted. Files must be submitted via the Google Form by midnight May 6th, 2021. Interviews will be held via a video conference call. Any applicants submitting only paintings will be automatically considered for the Jeffrey Dobbs Scholarship for Excellence in Painting.

 

The Jeffrey Dobbs scholarship for excellence in painting

 

All eligible Visual Arts applicants submitting only paintings will be automatically considered for the Jeffrey Dobbs Scholarship for Excellence in Painting. As paint was Jeff’s medium of choice, eligible works must utilize paint as the primary focus of the piece. However, unique processes and unconventional works will be both accepted and encouraged. Submissions must follow the Visual Arts guidelines outlined above. Interviews will be held via a video conference call.