Student Fellowships & Grants

The Center for Life Beyond Reed, Division of Student Services

Kaspar T. Locher Summer Creative Scholarships

Proposal Overview

Four $1750 scholarships to support independent work in creative writing, visual arts, theater, dance and music will be awarded again this year. Recipients will present the results of their summer projects next fall. If your questions about the scholarship are not answered by the responses to the frequently asked questions below, contact Michael Knutson via email (knutsonm@reed.edu), 503/777-7204 (extension 7204), or at his office, Art 205.

Eligibility

The competition is open to all Reed students, except graduating seniors.

Timeline

Application materials should be submitted to Michael Knutson by Monday, March 24, 2014.

Requirements

The application must include the following:

  1. A 500-750 word description of your proposed project and an additional 500 word statement on your previous work and experiences that has prepared you for carrying out this project. Submit the proposal and statement as a PDF document to knutsonm@reed.edu.
  2. At least two recommendations from persons, one of them a member of the Reed faculty, who can comment on the merits of your project and your ability to carry it out. These letters may also be sent via email to knutsonm@reed.edu.
  3. Examples of previous work you have done within the area of your proposal. Creative writing examples should also be in PDF document form, and visual arts examples as PDF images, no larger than 1900 x 1000 pixels. Images should be labeled with title, medium, size and date of execution. Music examples may be submitted as MP3 files or linked to a website. Video examples may be submitted as MOV files, or linked to Youtube or your own website. Additional examples of actual work (paintings, artist’s books, etc.) may be left with Michael Knutson (Art Building, room 205) by the application deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who was Kaspar T. Locher?

Kaspar T. Locher was a literary scholar and professor of humanities and German at Reed College for nearly 50 years. Locher was born in St. Gall, Switzerland, on December 15, 1920, and came to the U.S. in 1946 under the auspices of the Institute of International Education after studying medicine at the University of Geneva and literature at the University of Zurich. He received a Ph.D. in comparative literature in 1949 from the University of Chicago. He taught there and at Vanderbilt University before coming to Reed as an instructor in German. Locher wrote a number of books and articles on German literature that were published in the U.S., Germany, and Switzerland. He received research and travel grants from the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, and other institutions. He was visiting professor of German at the University of Washington in 1963 and at the University of Oregon in 1978. He was granted emeritus status at Reed in 1988. Locher, an active supporter of the arts in Portland, collected numerous works by Northwest artists. Locher established the summer creative scholarship competition in the late 1980s and chaired the selection committee until shortly before his death in 1998.

Who is eligible?

All students except seniors graduating this spring may apply. It is expected that recipients be in residence in the fall after the funded summer in order to present their work.

In-person interviews are conducted for the second stage of the selection process, so whether or not the applicant is in residence at the time, she or he must be available for them.

Students who expect to transfer from Reed next year should not apply.

Should one be a major in one of the arts to qualify for a scholarship?

Awards are based on the quality of the proposal and evidence that the student is able to carry it out. Over the years scholarships have been awarded almost equally to majors in the arts and non-majors.

How do recipients of the scholarship present what they have accomplished over the summer?

On an evening in mid fall they exhibit, give a reading or perform their work in Vollum lounge or the Studio Art gallery, or in another location on campus. Dance compositions have been performed in the Winter Dance Concert in December.

What kinds of proposals are funded?

Scholarships have been awarded for work in the visuals arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, artist books, photography, film, video, installation, performance art), creative writing (poetry, short and long fiction, non fiction), and composition and performance in dance, theater and music.

Who are the members of the selection committee?

The committee is composed of representative faculty in the departments of Art,Music, Theater, Dance, and English/Creative Writing.

How may the scholarship money be spent?

It may be used to "buy time" for creative work that might otherwise be spent in summer employment, for the purchase of art supplies and other materials relating to the project, for rental of equipment, for professional services related to the project, on travel for creative research, and for participation in summer art workshops (ie: programs that do not involve academic credit). Regarding the latter, it is expected that the projects be essentially extra- curricular, independent work, and should not be done within a structured course here or elsewhere.

How many examples of work should I submit?

It varies across disciplines, but they usually number 10-12 poems; 4-5 short stories totaling 25 pages in length or an excerpt of similar length from a longer work; 5-6 recordings of music or videos; 11-15 images of paintings, photographs, sculptures, etc.

May I ask a member of the Locher committee to write a recommendation for me?

You may ask Locher committee members to write for you, and may discuss your ideas for a proposal with them, but you should not ask them to help you formulate it.

Are there examples of previous proposals that one might consult?

No. Simply write a proposal that suits your interests and abilities, and that leaps off the page as the best of all possible creative ways to spend the summer.

When will the scholarship recipients be determined?

Application files are circulated among committee members over a period of a couple of weeks after the application deadline. The committee then decides which applicants to meet for personal interviews. The awards will be announced around the twelfth week of the semester.