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Apply to become a Miller Arts Scholar

Any rising second or third-year student actively engaged in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia is eligible to apply to be a J. Sanford Miller Family Arts Scholar. Each year, the faculty advisory committee admits up to four scholars in each of the four disciplines: dance, drama, music, and studio art. Artists who do not strictly belong to one discipline, such as writers and filmmakers, have also been welcomed into the program. Applicants should display involvement in the arts and excellence in courses specific to their disciplines, with a recommended GPA of 3.400 or higher in all arts courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.200 or higher. Application forms and materials must be submitted to by February 8 and accepted applicants will be notified by March 1. Applicants must be actively engaged in the College of Arts and Sciences, either through majoring or minoring in the college or through ongoing and measurable coursework within an artistic discipline in the college.


  • Complete Application Form (.docx, 492KB, click to download) or (.pdf, 451KB, click to download)

    • The form includes a personal statement outlining interest in becoming an Arts Scholar and how this relates to larger goals. Include a description of how your participation will contribute to the Miller Arts Scholars Program.
    • List courses already taken or currently enrolled within the discipline for which you are applying as an Arts Scholar.
    • List any additional UVA arts related courses taken, performances participated in, or other experiences in the arts at the university.
    • Provide a faculty recommendation.
  • Include current resume.

  • Include UVA transcript (unofficial transcript is fine)

  • Include examples with descriptions (date, location, title, medium, objective) of your work. Visual artists may submit a PDF portfolio containing up to five high-resolution images labeled with title, dimension, materials, date, etc.  Performing artists may send a video or audio recordings totaling no longer than ten minutes in length.  All attached files should should be named using this format: “lastnamefirstname_musicexample1.mp3” or "lastnamefirstname_portfolio.pdf." Do not send full length videos or audio recordings.