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First Year Arts Student Guide

Looking for a way to connect as a first year student in the arts? Try the First Year Student Guide! From research opportunities to internships to student clubs, get started here!


The Arts Career Drop-In Hours

bergey.jpgCVPA Career Advisor Kate Bergey can help with resumés, interview prep, job & internship searches and more. 

Arts students can talk to Kate during drop-in hours 1:30-2:30 pm on select Tuesdays. Location will rotate between Duke Hall and the Forbes Center, so check the event in Handshake for the specific location. No prior sign-up is needed!

Valley Business Keynote Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship 

2021 Valley Business Keynote Entrepreneurial Arts Scholarship winner Melissa Santjer

Her project, "Rising from the Ashes" is a partnership with local parks to locate and remove trees damaged by the Emerald Ash Borer, reclaim the wood to create products to sell, and use the proceeds to replant and protect the ash wood tree population.

Valley Business Keynote is a group of local business leaders who seek to help area entrepreneurs fulfill their potential by bringing guest speakers to share their success stories. 

The VBK Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship is awarded annually to a sophomore or junior visual or performing arts major at JMU. It specifically supports entrepreneurial projects that focus on the arts and 1.) has a business component (non-profit or for profit, 2.) develops a product and/or service, and 3.) conforms to entrepreneurial best practices.  AMOUNT: $1,000 

Valley Business Keynote Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship Applications due Monday, Jan, 24, 2022. 

VBK Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship Application AY2022

Undergraduate Development Awards

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University offers undergraduate development awards to stimulate and assist teaching effectiveness, advance creative scholarly agendas or assist in developing service activities, while also reflecting the goals at all levels of JMU. Proposals in any field of creative activity may be submitted. 

The college especially encourages undergraduate students to consider projects involving interdisciplinary activity. Awards are to be used to sustain activities necessary to complete the project, including travel expenses and other costs (see budget section for restrictions). Each award will not exceed $2,000, with most awards being $1,000 to $2,000.

Grants will be reviewed twice each year by the CVPA Development Committee.

Student Grant Submission Deadline:

  • 5 pm, Sept. 6, 2021 
  • 5 pm, Jan. 10, 2022 
Email completed grant proposal to Associate Dean Wren River Stevens (

Undergraduate Development Award Application AY202

Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow Drop-In Hours

The Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship offers several programs to help students across the university jump start their businesses, from funding to an incubator program. CVPA’s Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow Professor David Newman offers drop-in hours from 3-4 pm on most Thursdays in varying locations for students to learn more.

Mentor Collective

The Mentor Collective program enhances the student experience by linking them one-on-one with a peer mentor. Incoming freshman are paired with someone invested in their success, with common academic interests, career goals, life challenges and experiences. Mentees will learn what to expect in school, how to approach challenges and gain career advice. At the same time, mentors will build their networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders. Contact Associate Dean Dr. Wren Stevens for information about the Mentor Collective at CVPA ( / (540) 568-5344).

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