Financial Aid

Emerging Talent Scholarship

Each fall, newly entering Notre Dame de Namur University undergraduates (freshmen and transfers) with exceptional talent in Musical Performance or English (writing) may be awarded an NDNU Emerging Talent Scholarship.

These scholarships are renewable each year as long as the recipient maintains NDNU academic eligibility, stays in the academic field of the scholarship and continues to develop his/her talent within the awarding department.

Awards in all disciplines will be announced after March 1. For more information contact the Admissions Office at 650-508-3600.

For All Candidates

Each awarding department has its own distinct audition/portfolio requirements and deadlines. Note that in every case, a successful candidate must have submitted the regular NDNU admission application documents by January 5 and completed all audition/portfolio requirements as stated by the particular awarding department. For scholarships requiring auditions, please try to submit materials by January 1.

Musical Performance

Candidates for an Emerging Talent Scholarship in musical performance are required to audition on the NDNU campus. An audition is required for admission to the program regardless of the scholarship. Requirements: Music majors should prepare two contrasting works from the standard repertoire. Musical theatre majors should prepare two contrasting songs (classical or musical theatre repertoire) and a one to two minute monologue. An accompanist will be provided (CD accompaniment is not accepted). Students may also audition by audio or videotape.

Contact: Debra Lambert, chair of the Music and Vocal Arts Department: 650-508-3694,

English (Writing)

Candidates for an Emerging Talent Scholarship in English (writing) may submit any genre of creative writing (poetry, drama, short story and essay) on any theme. Poets may submit up to three poems. Writers of other genres may make only one submission. Submissions may not exceed 10 typed pages in length (excerpts of longer pieces may be submitted). All submissions must be received by February 1. Please send submissions to:

Vince Fitzgerald, English Department Chair
Notre Dame de Namur University
1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002
ATTN: Emerging Artist Scholarship

Contact: Vince Fitzgerald, chair of the English Department: 650-508-3769,