Scholarship Day


Scholarship Day 2014 combines the interviews and auditions for our competitive scholarships with information sessions, activities, panels, recitals, and other opportunities to learn more about life at Gustavus.

Finalists for our top academic scholarship, the President's Scholarship, two of our fine arts scholarships (Art and Music), and the Speech Scholarship will be invited to campus for Scholarship Day on Saturday, March 1.


Beginning at 10:20 a.m., each candidate's schedule is different as it is tailored to the events and activities related to the various competitions. You will be mailed your personal schedule one week before Scholarship Day.

  • 8:30 a.m. Bjorling Music Scholarship Breakfast (Alumni Hall) *invited guests only
  • 9:30 a.m. Scholarship Day Check-In Begins (Christ Chapel Lobby)
  • 10:00 a.m. Scholarship Day Welcome (Christ Chapel)
  • 10:20 a.m. Interviews, auditions, and sessions begin (Various buildings)
  • 12:20 p.m. Bjorling Music Scholarship Luncheon (Alumni Hall) *invited guests only
  • 1:40 p.m. Closing Remarks (Christ Chapel)


In addition to the competition components, there are a variety of information sessions, panels and tours. Each session lasts 30 minutes, with the exception of the one hour and ten minute academic receptions and full campus tour. Click here for the schedule for the day.


Business casual attire is appropriate, but keep in mind it is winter in Minnesota! Please be comfortable, but don't wear jeans.


About 500 visitors (scholarship finalists, their families, and any other guests of the finalists) visit Gustavus for Scholarship Day. For many students, this is the first real interview or audition they've had to do. A lot of people are nervous-- don't be!

We hope you will relax and let your true personality and ability show. The interviews and auditions are as much a way for you to question the counselors, faculty, and current Gusties as it is a time for us to get to know you better. Be prepared for your scholarship competition (see instructions below), but also plan to have fun and to learn more about our great college.

We are very confident you will enjoy the day if you come prepared, stay relaxed, and take advantage of all the opportunities to ask questions and interact with members of the Gustavus community.


Go to for directions to campus and for local overnight accommodation recommendations. All campus parking is open to you on Scholarship Day.


In case of an emergency on Scholarship Day, contact the Admission Office at 507-933-7676.

Receiving An Award

If you are also applying for need-based financial assistance, be sure to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible so that you can receive a complete financial aid award once Scholarship Day decisions are complete. Most Scholarship Day winners are named within two weeks of the audition/interview.

For tips and additional information on applying for need-based financial aid, go to

Instructions & Details About Competitions

President's Scholarship

Coordinated by Joy Reese,

The President's Scholarship competition will include a 30-minute interview with one or two faculty members or administrators.

During the interview, you will discuss your academic and extra-curricular accomplishments and explore your possible contributions to Gustavus.


Art Scholarship

Coordinated by Kristen Nelson,

The Art Scholarship competition will include a portfolio review (either from the images you provided or from the original works you bring on the day) and an interview with a faculty member.

Björling Music Scholarship

Coordinated by Alan Meier,

From either 8:30-9:45 a.m. or 12:20-1:30 p.m. on Scholarship Day, students who have been named winners of the Jussi Bjorling Music Scholarship and Gustavus Music Award will have breakfast or lunch with Gustavus student-musicians and professors. There will also be a short program, student perfomances, and time for questions and conversations.

Speech Scholarship

Coordinated by Emily Thayer,

Speech scholarship finalists will interview with the Director of Forensics and a Gustavus student who is involved in the forensics program. You will not be required to present a prepared forensics piece, but please be ready to discuss your forensics accomplishments, community service involvement, leadership attributes, and how you would contribute to the Gustavus forensics program. This interview will be 30 minutes: finalists will meet with the program director for the first 20 minutes and parents will join the interview for the remaining 10 minutes.

Anderson Theatre & Dance Scholarship

Auditions on Saturday, February 22.
Coordinated by Kyle Thomas,

Students will attend a group theatre or dance workshop before individual auditions and interviews. If you are a finalist in both theatre and dance, you must attend the dance workshop. These workshops will take place at the Black Box Theatre and the Kresge Dance Studio. You will be escorted to the sites following the opening welcome, and there will be time to change. Please bring comfortable clothing for your audition. Individual auditions follow the group workshops. If you are a finalist in multiple areas, please be prepared accordingly.


You will be expected to perform for the theatre faculty two contrasting monologues, no more than four minutes total for BOTH. Theatre Department faculty will also conduct a five-minute individual interview following the monologues.


Bring materials of show(s) you have directed. Examples include but are not limited to production books, photos, programs, etc. Be prepared to share your experiences in directing during the interview.

Theatre for Social Change

Be prepared to discuss your involvement with theatre and/or activism for social change. Present any supporting documents, scripts, or photos you may have.

Technical Theatre

Includes areas of design, technical theatre and/or stage management. Present a resume of experiences and, if available, portfolio of renderings, sketches, programs, etc. Be prepared to discuss your work.


Dancers should wear whatever you feel most comfortable dancing in; leotard and tights are not required, but recommended. You should wear footless tights, as the modern class is done barefoot and the ballet class should be done in ballet shoes. Dressing rooms will be available for you to change.

You will be expected to perform a two-minute solo. Please note that the studio floor is not appropriate for pointe shoes or tap shoes. It is strongly recommended that you choose instrumental music for your solo. Please bring your own music on a CD, cassette tape, or iPod (a player will be provided).