Friends of Drake Arts Student Travel and Research Funds

Procedures for Friends of Drake Arts (FDA) Student Travel and Research Funds 

Fine Arts students majoring in Art, Music or Theatre and seeking funds to support travel or research may apply for an FDA acholarship. Annual available amount is $2000.  The application deadline is April 1, and award funds will be disbursed after July 1.  Applications will be accepted throughout the year, and funding decisions will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

To apply, prepare the following:  

  • One page on the nature of the proposed travel research, conference presentation, or significant learning opportunity And how the experience will relate to your studies. 
  • A letter of recommendation from a Drake faculty member in support of your proposed opportunity.
  • Proof of acceptance from the program you will be participating in (a letter of acceptance, a tuition invoice, etc.)
  • An itemized budget indicating the expenses to be covered, any additional sources of funding (both anticipated and confirmed), and the amount you request from FDA.  

The Friends of Drake Arts Steering Committee will meet to discuss and approve awards. Decisions are based on these criteria:

  • Quality of the application.
  • The impact of the activity on a student's educational goals.
  • Other sources of support available to students from grants, scholarships, etc.

Submit these materials by April 1 to Tricia Atterberg, Friends of Drake Arts Liaison:  one hard copy to FAC 266A and an electronic version to

Following a successful award, students are required to submit a brief report on their experience indicating:

  1. The use of funds, with receipts attached for expenses, and
  2. the quality of the learning, research, performance activity and what was learned.

The report is due to Tricia Atterberg no later than one month after the completion of the funded activity.  

If you have any questions regarding this application, please contact FDA at

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