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Student Funding Opportunities

Many funding opportunities exist for students in the School of Fine Arts. Below is a list of annual awards that are currently available.

School of Fine Arts 2015 – 2016 Academic Year

Marks Family Endowment in Fine Arts

The purpose of the Marks Family Endowment in Fine Arts is to support programs at the University’s School of Fine Arts that will enable enrolled undergraduate or graduate students, as part of their academic program, to perform, exhibit, or work in professional venues throughout the State of Connecticut.

Undergraduate and graduate students in the Departments in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut are encouraged to make application for the 2015-2016 academic year. In past years award amounts have ranged from $500 to $5,000. This award will be given to a student, group of students, and/or department who designs a unique program performance plan that involves departmental students at venues in the state of Connecticut. A proposal could include involvements with professional theatres, symphony orchestras, opera companies, art museums, and galleries. The proposals should be creative, imaginative, and broad-reaching. Special consideration will be given to those proposals that foster “real life” professional performance experience, professional support related projects or visual artistic work/exhibitions. Applications are due May 13, 2015. Applications for 2015 are currently not being accepted.

The Metropolitan Opera Internship 

The School of Fine Arts is proud of its longstanding collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera in New York.  We are the only School of Fine Arts in the country to have this unique affiliation with the Met.  Not only are we involved in attending opera productions, working rehearsals, final dress rehearsals, master classes, panel discussions and tours of the Metropolitan Opera; we also have a semester-long internship program which is open to our students in Music, Dramatic Arts, Digital Media and Design, and Art and Art History.  The placement of students are mainly in administrative areas. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Applications for 2015 are currently not being accepted.

Zachs Award 

The 2015 Zachs Award is a $3000 award that is given to an SFA student for an artistic or educational project. The recipient must have a cumulative GPA of 3.o of higher. Candidates who have previously received the Zachs Award will not be eligible for a subsequent Zachs Award. This award is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time for the Fall 2015 term. Applications are due May 13, 2015. Applications for 2015 are currently not being accepted.

Connecticut ArtsCorp Internship

The 2014-2015 Connecticut ArtsCorp internship is an Undergraduate and Graduate Internship Opportunity that allow Fine Arts students to take their art into underserved communities in Connecticut to improve the quality of life for its residents through arts experiences.

Students will receive academic credit for the successful completion of their artistic project.

A budget of $950 will be made available to the student or students selected through the nomination process. Funds may be used for transportation, consumables and/or expenses associated with the project. These may include, but are not limited to: materials and supplies, books, software, equipment (other than computers), etc.

Completed application and one letter of recommendation from the SFA faculty member who will supervise the project are due April 15, 2015.  Applications for 2015 are currently not being accepted.

SFA Anonymous Scholarship 

A scholarship in the amount of $5,000 will be given to an incoming freshman or upper class student in Fine Arts. The criteria for this scholarship is an undergraduate (or incoming freshman) who shows promise in his or her chosen field.  Faculty with submit nominations to their Department Head in a word document or PDF. Include information about the student and the rationale for making this additional award. The Dean, in consultation with the Department Heads, will make the determination. Questions should be sent to Eva Gorbants. Applications for 2015 are currently not being accepted.

University Wide Opportunities

UConn IDEA Grants: Imagine / Develop / Engage / Apply

UConn IDEA Grants of up to $4000 are available to support self-designed projects, including artistic products, community service initiatives, entrepreneurial ventures, creative endeavors and research projects. The Program is open to UConn undergraduates in all majors at all campuses, and applications are accepted from individuals and small groups. UConn IDEA Grant projects begin with an application, are developed during a period of planning, require a period of focused engagement, and end with public presentations.

OUR Supply Awards

OUR Supply Awards fund undergraduate researchers for up to $500 for research expenses. Students may use award funds to cover costs associated with their research projects, such as supplies and/or consumables in the laboratory or studio, printing and copying, or software. Students may not receive funds for living expenses during the academic year or for charges incurred for the UConn courses in which they are enrolled. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and awards are made until funds are exhausted. (In other words, apply early!)

SHARE Awards (Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience)

The SHARE program supports undergraduate research apprenticeships in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. SHARE is designed especially for students in the earlier stages of their college careers as an introduction to research in a chosen field and to develop the skills needed for further research projects. Applications are made in Fall Semester. During the Spring semester, student apprentices will receive a $1,500 stipend, and faculty mentors will receive a $500 professional development stipend.

SURF Awards (Summer Undergraduate Research Fund)

SURF awards support full-time undergraduate students who are engaged in summer research or creative projects under the supervision of a University of Connecticut faculty member. SURF awards are available to students in all majors at all UConn campuses. The deadline is early in the spring semester; awards are made for the summer. The maximum total amount awarded for SURF awards is $4,000 ($3,500 stipend for the student researcher and up to $500 for consumables associated with the project).