Scholarship Day


Scholarship Day is an invite-only event where many of our most talented and high-achieving prospective students visit campus for two very important purposes. In addition to giving students  the opportunity to showcase their talents and accomplishments, the Gustavus community comes together to provide informational sessions, panels, recitals, and other opportunities to learn about life as a Gustie!


The day’s events will begin at 8:30 a.m. and wrap up by 2 p.m., and will feature a schedule of featured guest speakers, student and staff-lead informational sessions, auditions and interviews. Each candidate will have a unique schedule tailored to the events and activities related to each of the various competitions. Students will pick up their personalized schedules upon check-in on Scholarship Day. 


All invited students should register by February 13 to attend Scholarship Day on Saturday, February 25. If you are unable to join us for the event, several alternate interview options are available depending on your circumstances and schedule.


Alternate Options

If you're unable to make it to campus for Scholarship Day, please complete this form to let us know your plans or register for an alternate interview. Any questions about your options or requests for scheduling an alternate interview should be directed to Kate Mathison ( or 507-933-7677). *Note: Fine arts scholarships each have unique alternate options. Upon completion of the alternate form, a scholarship coordinator will contact you directly.

Directions, Parking, Accommodations, and Contact Information

Go to for directions to campus and for local overnight accommodation recommendations. All campus parking is open on Scholarship Day; however, handicapped and 30-minute parking will still be enforced. In case of an emergency on Scholarship Day, contact the Admission Office at 507-933-7676.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the atmosphere of Scholarship Day?

About 400 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. While you should certainly be prepared for your scholarship competition, also plan to have fun and to learn more about the Gustavus experience.

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 Gustie community.

What should I wear?

Business casual attire is appropriate, but keep in mind it can be chilly in February! Please be comfortable, but you may feel too casual in jeans.

Do I need to bring anything to the event?

If you are participating in a talent-based scholarship interview/audition, check out the details regarding the process and expectations for each (items like instruments, solo music recordings, portfolio samples, etc.). For the President’s Interview and as a general rule for the day, you shouldn’t need to bring anything other than you and your personality! We will provide the faculty interviewers with information about you in anticipation of the interview, so it is not necessary to bring a resume or additional documentation. We will also provide you with a folder on the day of the event that includes the detailed schedule of the day, information about your interview time(s) and location(s), campus information and paper/space for you to take notes as appropriate. Finally, we will also be sure to have plenty of snacks and refreshments on hand throughout the day in various locations, so there is no need to be concerned about providing your own food unless there is something very specific you require.

What does the President’s Scholarship interview process look like?

The President's Scholarship competition will include a short 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 the Gustavus community. You should not need to engage in any specific preparation for the interview, other than being ready to communicate your strengths, experiences and vision for your future at Gustavus and beyond!

For additional questions or more specific information, please contact Lindsey Owens, President’s Scholarship Coordinator, at

What does the Art Scholarship interview process entail?

As an Art Scholarship Finalist, you will have the opportunity to meet with senior art majors, talk about your work in a community critique and receive feedback directly from faculty in the Art Department. The group process will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 AM, which leaves you plenty of time and opportunity to participate in other Scholarship Day events. Please arrive at the scheduled check-in time of 8:30 AM.

Please note the art faculty will have access to the images you submitted as part of your scholarship application, but please bring additional works or the pieces themselves to campus with you. We do understand that it may be difficult to travel with your work and some pieces cannot be transported. Most students will show between three and five pieces during the community critique, including the images that have already been submitted.

For additional questions, more specific information, or if you cannot attend, please contact Maddie Wood, Art Scholarship Coordinator, at

What does the Bjorling Music Scholarship audition process include?

Students who apply for Jussi Bjorling Music Scholarships must provide a recorded audition submission with their application materials by January 3rd. Following evaluation by music faculty at Gustavus, winners will be notified of their scholarship awards by February 1, 2017. Bjorling Scholarship winners are then invited to attend an optional luncheon in their honor on February 25. Luncheon attendees are also welcome to participate in the other programming available on Scholarship Day. There will be no live music auditions on Scholarship Day.

For additional questions or more specific information, please contact Alan Meier, Bjorling Music Scholarship Coordinator, at

How will I be evaluated for the Speech Scholarship?

In addition to evaluating your scholarship application, recommendation, and supporting materials, the Director of Forensics, Dr. Phil Voight, will interview you and watch you perform a short selection.

For more details about what to expect from the interview, please contact Maggie Sotos, our Speech Scholarship Coordinator, at

What does the Anderson Theatre and Dance Scholarship audition process look like? 

The Theatre and Dance Scholarship is held on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

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.

If you cannot attend, please contact Anderson Theatre and Dance Scholarship Coordinator Jasmine Porter ( ) to schedule an alternate audition.


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).

For additional questions or more specific information about the theatre and dance scholarship, please contact Jasmine Porter ( ).

In addition to completing the interview/audition, what will I need to do to be eligible for an award?

If you plan to file for need-based aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible so that we can confirm your award and secure federal aid as a part of your package.

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

What if I cannot make it to the Scholarship Day event?

If you cannot attend Spring Scholarship Day, several alternate interview options are available depending on your circumstances and schedule. If you have any questions about scheduling an alternate interview, please contact Kate Mathison ( or 507-933-7677).