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.

Arts Scholars enjoy many benefits:

  • 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 15:

  1. the scholarship application;
  2. appropriate materials for the review (see below);
  3. a resume that details your experience, years of instruction, awards, performances, etc.;
  4. a recommendation from a private instructor or teacher in the arts; and
  5. a completed application for admission and all required supporting materials.

Materials Required for the Review

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 in mp3 or mp4a format. 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: Students must submit a video of no more than 10 minutes in length with their written application materials. The video material may be submitted via URL link (i.e. You Tube, Vimeo, etc.) or via DVD. Those students interested in the Arts Scholarship in Dance must also audition in person. The first opportunity to audition will be on November 14, 2014 from 9 a.m.-noon in the Winn-Seeley Dance Studio. If you are an Early Decision I candidate and applying for the Arts Scholarship in Dance, you must attend this Open Audition. If you are not an Early Decision I candidate, you may still attend this audition, but your written application materials will not be due until January 15, 2015. The second opportunity to audition will be on February 20, 2015. Both the November and February auditions are Open Auditions and will include 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. The solo performance may be of your own choreography or a teacher’s to CD/iPod music or in silence. Please register in advance for an audition by contacting Cadence Whittier in the Dance Department. 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 Assistant Director of Admissions Claire Criniti for more information or to make these arrangements.

Current Arts Scholars in Dance: 2013-14

Laura Bacco
Leland Barlow
Emily Bower
Karah Charette
Jenna Davidson-Catalano
Ingrid Dehler-Seter
Caroline Demeter
Mary Dinan
Emily Dove
Morgan Drake
Charlotte Federowicz
Sophie Halter
Shannon Hickey
Kathryn Bezbatchenko
Ebba Lundberg
Sara McKinney
Maryn Paul
Abbey Rogowski
Tanina Urbanski
Alex Welych-Miller
Kaitley Wozer