Constantine Curris, former President of the University of Northern Iowa, provided funding for the Jo Hern Curris Award in honor of his wife.  It is designed to support expenses of students majoring in Art, Music, or Theatre when engaged in university-related exhibitions and performances.  The award is to be used in support of student activities and outreach.  Examples of such expenses could include, but are not limited to, expenses associated with a music recital, the mounting of an art exhibit, or a student theatre production.  Funds cannot be used in support of anyone other than students, or in support of established events such as musical tours or dramatic productions.


The maximum award is $500 per proposal.  The actual amount of the award will depend on the quality of the application, as well as the costs involved in completion of the project.  The recipients will receive the award as a credit to their University bill during the spring semester.  If several students work together on a project, the dollar amount will be split equally among all participants.


Students majoring in Art, Music, or Theatre may apply in writing to the appropriate department head, who will evaluate and rank order the proposals before submitting them to the Associate Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.


The application packet should consist of the following:


  • Jo Hern Curris Fund for Student Performance Application Form
  • Supporting documentation, to include:
         -Rationale for the project.
         -Description or outline of the project, including a diagram, sample, or example, as appropriate to the nature of the          proposal.
         -Realistic time-line for completion of the project.
         -A statement of the dollar amount requested.  If the cost of the project is greater than $500, please submit a list of additional sources of funding.


The deadline for the completed packets to be submitted to the Art, Music or Theatre department office is October 1st.


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