Student Scholarships & Opportunities

The following student scholarships and opportunities are housed within NSU's Halmos College of Arts and Sciences and the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center, Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts.


The Razor’s Edge Shark Talent program is for new Freshmen who wish to use their artistic gifts to help create a more vibrant campus life at NSU. This could mean performing with one of our music ensembles like Shark Gold, performing with a dance or theater troupe at a donor event, energizing the homecoming crowd as part of the NSU Drumline, or sharing student art at a gallery opening. The selection process is highly competitive and is based on audition or portfolio review, plus an audition and interview. Students are required to major or minor in one area of the performing and visual arts.

Hear from previous Shark Talent students. Click here.

Amount: $23,000

For more information, contact Associate Professor Dan Gelbmann, M.F.A., at

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Housed in the Department of Performing and Visual Arts and part of the Razor’s Edge Shark Talent program, Shark Gold is composed of NSU’s top singers who showcase the talents of the most influential singers over the last 100 years. Producing classic hits by Frank Sinatra, Carole King, Billy Joel and more. Shark Gold is an audition-based scholarship program designed for students with a strong passion for singing and performing. This select group will perform at various university events, fundraisers, and ceremonies, providing audiences of all ages with high-quality, transformative performance experiences.

In order to receive this scholarship, members of Shark Gold must complete a successful audition and interview process, declare a major or minor in a performing or visual arts discipline, and live on campus all four years. Additionally, members must honor the requirements of being a Razor’s Edge Shark Talent Scholar by attending monthly meetings, community events, and participating in various university activities and performances.

For audition requirements, inquiries, and more information about how to become a member of Shark Gold, contact Kimmi Johnson at

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The James and Nan Farquhar PVA Grant is an arts leadership program for outstanding arts majors – art & design, dance, music, theatre. Students who are double majors must declare their arts major as their primary major in order to apply. Grant recipients regularly demonstrate professionalism, personal artistry, and strive to develop their potential as arts leaders – these students go above and beyond in service to the major program and the DPVA. Entering students may apply but the program is primarily for continuing arts majors.

Application Information

Applications for the James and Nan Farquhar Performing and Visual Arts Grants will be accepted February 1 through May 1 each year.

Current grant recipients who wish to reapply should complete the application and schedule a meeting with the faculty of their respective discipline prior to May 1 for a performance evaluation. Faculty recommend continuation or discontinuation of the award. After the awards are approved, all applicants will receive notification of the decision. Amounts will be adjusted based on the funds available in the endowment.

New applicants should complete the application and submit digital performance or work samples prior to Performance or work samples are evaluated by faculty in the respective disciplines prior to May 1 and awards are recommended. After the awards are approved, all applicants will receive a letter informing them of the decision. Amounts will be adjusted based on the funds available in the endowment.

Music audition:

Performance-based audition: Students must submit a video audition performing two pieces in contrasting styles. Each piece or excerpt should be no more than two minutes in length.

Composition-based audition: Students must submit an original composition with score and audio recording of the work. Original work must be a minimum of three minutes in length.

Theatre audition:

Theatre (Acting/Musical Theatre): Students should prepare two contrasting monologues or one monologue and one song.

Theatre (Technical Design): Students should submit a digital portfolio. Contact Daniel Gelbmann, M.F.A., at for more information.

Dance audition:

Dancers should perform a one-minute solo in the style of their choice. Video may be in a studio setting or from a recent performance.

Art and Design portfolio submission:

Students should submit a digital portfolio. Click portfolio to access the guidelines.

Amount: $500-$4,000
Application: Yes, plus audition/portfolio

For more information, contact Associate Professor Bill J. Adams, D.M.A. at

Communication Opportunities

Students can apply for writing fellow positions in the NSU Writing and Communication Center.
  • assist other NSU students
  • help put on events
  • manage social media
  • conduct research
  • attend and present at professional conferences

Graduate students can apply for assistantships in the center where they will gain valuable professional experience.

For more information, contact the Writing and Communication Center Director Kevin Dvorak, Ph.D., at

B.A. in Communication Practicums: Students gain credits and practical media experience working in the Office of Student Media.
  • newspaper
  • television
  • radio
  • web
  • public relations
  • event planning

COMM Internships: Students work in a variety of industry settings.
  • journalism
  • marketing
  • public relations
  • social media

WRIT Internships: Students work in a variety of settings as writing interns. Some have done editorial work for professional journals and organizations, while others have worked at NSU in the Writing and Communication Center. Digressions Literary & Art Journal editorial staff can also register for WRIT internships by contacting faculty adviser Mario D’Agostino at

National Day on Writing: Every October 20, NSU joins people around the country to celebrate the importance, joy, and evolution of writing through a tweetup, using the hashtag #WhyIWrite and events hosted by thousands of educators across the country. Join the Department of Writing and Communication and the Writing Center as we celebrate why NSU students, faculty, and staff write.

Ice Cream Entrepreneur Program: NSU undergraduate and graduate students get the opportunity to act as mentors to participants in this week-long summer program that provides college-bound high school students interested in communication skills, advertising, branding, and public relations with the opportunity to learn about creating and launching a consumer-ready ice cream product.

The Current: NSU’s student-run campus newspaper, offering the latest NSU news each week. Available at newsstands on campus and online at For more information, call (954) 262-8455 or email

Radio X: NSU’s student-run radio station, broadcasts live to the tri-county area on 88.5 FM from 6 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., and webstreams at For more information, call (954) 262-8457 or

Sharks United Television: SUTV is the campus television station, broadcasting to NSU residence halls. For more information, call (954) 262-2602 or email

Digressions: Create. Imagine. Inspire. Digressions Literary and Art Journal is the student-run literary journal sponsored by the Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit original works of poetry, short fiction, creative essays, dramatic scenes, artwork, and photography for consideration in the journal, which is published annually in the winter semester. Contact faculty adviser Mario D’Agostino at for more information.

Lambda Pi Eta: Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the honor society of the National Communication Association. NSU’s Upsilon Zeta chapter of LPH was chartered in 2005. 


  • declared major in communication
  • earned a minimum of 60 credits
  • cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • at least 12 earned credits in communication major courses
  • at least a 3.25 GPA in major courses
  • top 35% of class


The NSU Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a pre-professional organization for undergraduate and graduate students at NSU interested in public relations and communications. PRSSA aspires to advance the public relations profession by developing ethically responsible pre-professionals who champion diversity, strive for an outstanding education, and advocate for the profession. For more information or to join, contact Faculty Adviser Whitney Lehmann, Ph.D., at

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. The NSU Chapter of SPJ is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. For more information or to join, contact Faculty Adviser Crystal Knuth at

Art Opportunities

The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition takes place each spring in Gallery 217, located in the Don Taft University Center. The exhibit is open to NSU students who have enrolled in a studio art or design course within the academic year. Students must be in good standing. All works submitted must be original, with no copyright infringement, made within the past year. Entries must be prepared for exhibition. Works previously exhibited in an NSU Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition are not eligible. All 2D and 3D media are accepted, including digital media and installations as space allows. All digital media should be in PDF or QuickTime movie form and submitted on a CD or DVD. Works that are easily installed are encouraged. The artist must provide any special equipment for installation. All artwork submitted is subject to gallery leadership approval before being installed. Students can submit up to 4 entries with completed entry forms, hanging materials/instructions and identification labels. There is no entry fee. Work will be juried by a a professional art expert known as a “juror,” who will select the works they feel are the best representation of the works submitted. The appointed juror selects the works to be exhibited as well as some of the awards. Work is not guaranteed entry into the show.

For more information on the submission process, email Associate Professor Kandy G. Lopez-Moreno, M.F.A., at or call (954) 262-7612.

Dance Opportunities

The NSU Dance program offers opportunities for dancers and emerging choreographers to choreograph and perform as part of the performing arts season at Nova Southeastern University. NSU Dance Ensemble members have the opportunity to work with outstanding professional faculty and guest choreographers, gaining important pre-professional experience. NSU Dance Ensemble auditions take place at the start of the Fall semester and are open to all NSU students.

For more information, please e-mail Associate Professor Elana Lanczi, MFA at

Dance students have several opportunities to hone their craft as choreographers and develop valuable leadership skills throughout their time at NSU. Dance majors can submit choreography for consideration to be presented as part of the Fall Dance Works show or to be a student choreographer for the Student Choreography Showcase presented each Spring.

For more information, please e-mail Associate Professor Elana Lanczi, MFA at

Offering a variety of free dance classes to the NSU and the community at large. This event shares the joy and richness of the dance experience with workshops led by NSU Dance faculty, special guest artists and selected NSU dance majors.

For more information, please e-mail Associate Professor Elana Lanczi, MFA at

Music Opportunities

The Mako Band is a for-credit commercial/popular music ensemble featuring diverse instrumentalists and singers from across the university. The band also performs at various on campus and local community organizations. Having a for-credit ensemble like the Mako Band is unique in a university setting and is a clear sign of NSU's commitment to providing students of commercial/popular music with the type of educational opportunities they need.

For more information, email Assistant Professor Jessica Muñiz-Collado, M.F.A., at

The NSU Drumline is the loudest performing group on campus! The high energy drumline is made up of snares, tenors, bass drums, and cymbals and keeps the crowd pumped at various university events.

For more information, email Assistant Professor Jessica Muñiz-Collado, M.F.A., at

The Pistris Ensemble is a smaller chamber group that performs music in a more classical style but does not neglect contemporary musical pieces either. Vocalists are welcome to audition as well.

For more information, email Assistant Professor Jessica Muñiz-Collado, M.F.A., at

Canta Sempre is a Shark Talent student lead vocal ensemble that performs both choral and acapella pieces.

For more information, email Assistant Professor Jessica Muñiz-Collado, M.F.A., at

Theatre Opportunities

Stage 2 Productions is a student driven company within our NSU Theatre program. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty to plan a performance schedule for the year. They will also produce other works for our department including our Mayfly, improv jams, staged readings, new works, and other dramatic media. Assuming the roles of producers, directors, designers, business team members, and stage managers in addition to performers, this collective will seek to engage and encourage all students to participate, no matter their major/minor.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Dan Gelbmann, M.F.A, at or call (954) 262-7926.

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