The Arts Scholars Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is designed for talented students who would like to continue their study of a fine or performing art while pursuing a rigorous program of study in any of the liberal arts and sciences programs offered by the Colleges. Arts Scholars are awarded $3,000 to $17,000, renewable annually on the recommendation of the fine and performing arts faculty.
Arts Scholarships are awarded in studio art, music, dance, theatre, architecture and creative writing. Arts Scholarships are also open to architecture majors. As an Arts Scholar, you will not be required to major in a fine or performing art—the entire range of departmental and interdisciplinary majors and programs is available to you. It is our expectation that you will continue to develop your talent and contribute to the life of the arts on campus. It is generally expected that your continued participation will be in the area in which you compete.
Faculty work closely with Arts Scholars to ensure they have access to the courses they need to pursue their arts studies at Hobart and William Smith.
You enjoy the option of electing a First-Year Seminar in whatever field of study you wish, including but not restricted to the arts. At HWS, we don't assume that you live only for your art, but that it enriches your life.
A rich menu of performances, exhibits and concerts, both on and off-campus, is available. There are also opportunities to meet guest artists and writers, participate in workshops and master classes—in short, to be part of a community of creative people who share your interests and value your contributions.
In order to be considered for the Arts Scholars Program, all of the following must be returned to the Office of Admissions by January 1:
Arthur Garfield Dove Class of 1903 Scholarship for Studio Art and Architecture: 10 representative samples of previous work (including painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, video, new media, sculpture, architecture, design or furniture/woodworking design) as images on a CD.
Deborah Tall Scholarship for Creative Writing: 10-15 pages of original creative writing in any combination of fiction, poetry or creative non fiction.
Edward E. Griffith Scholarship for Theatre and Theatre Tech: a 3-5 minute video CD with good audio quality.
Lindsay Lafford Scholarship for Musical Performance: an audio CD with good audio quality. DVDs are not permitted. The CD should include two contrasting samples of the student’s playing or singing. For example, an instrumentalist might include a performance of a Classical sonata or concerto movement as well as a piece by a 20th or 21st century composer. A vocalist might include an Italian song/aria and a more recently composed art song. Normally applicants shall submit classical selections, although jazz musicians have the option of submitting contrasting jazz selections. If the chosen pieces of music require accompaniment, then the submitted recording should include accompaniment as well.
Janet Seeley Performing Arts Scholarship for Dance: There will be an Open Audition in November. If you are an Early Decision I candidate and applying for the Arts Scholarship in Dance, you must attend this Open Audition. The audition in Winn-Seeley Dance Studio comprises a full technique class in classical ballet and modern/contemporary dance, performance of a short solo of any dance genre (1-3 minutes), and a gathering with current arts scholars and dance faculty. If applicants are unable to attend the audition, they are encouraged to arrange an equivalent audition experience so they can demonstrate their skills in person. Please contact Associate Director of Admissions Rafe Mattingly for more information or to make these arrangements. There will be a Winter Audition on Sat., Feb. 9, 2013 (9 a.m.-noon), and applicants are screened for invitation. With the application for the scholarship, students must submit a performance video of no more than 10 minutes in length. The audition class is followed by a brief solo performance of their own choreography or a teacher’s to CD/iPod music or in silence. During the audition, applicants meet current arts scholars and are interviewed individually by dance professors.
Ingrid Dehler-Seter, Morgan Drake, Charlotte Federowicz, Sophie Halter, Shannon Hickey, Maya Sank, Laura Bacco, Leland Barlow, Emily Bower, Karah Charette, Megan Colburn, Jenna Davidson-Catalano, Emily Dove, Kathryn Lamardo, Katherine Marino, Sara McKinney, Sarah Tiedemann, Caroline Demeter, Abbey Rogowski, Alexandra Welych-Miller