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HWS Scholar Program Application

FIRST-YEAR APPLICANTS


In order to be considered for any of the following merit scholarships, please complete and submit this form along with the Common Application by the appropriate deadline:

Early Decision I: Nov 15 - Early Decision II: Jan 15 - Regular Decision: Jan 15

Regular Decision applications are due Feb 1, but all scholarship application materials must be in by Jan 15.

You may also mail a physical scholarship application to the Office of Admissions.


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Please indicate which scholarship you wish to apply for, please make sure all of your materials are submitted upon completion:

Elizabeth Blackwell Class of 1849 Pioneer in Science Scholarship

Named for Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman physician in North America. She received her medical degree from Geneva Medical College (now Hobart and William Smith Colleges) in 1849, graduating at the top of her class. Blackwell Scholarships are awarded to 10 students each year, and winners are selected by the Admissions Committee and members of the science faculty. Blackwell Scholar winners are invited to campus for a recognition day, in late winter.

Criteria: Applicants should demonstrate advanced science coursework, relevant research or science related experiences.

Additional Application Materials: An additional Teacher Evaluation Form or other teacher recommendation from a member of the science or mathematics departments; and an additional personal essay; and submission of SAT or ACT scores.

Personal Essay Topic: At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, we believe that our students will gain “Worlds of Experience,” leading them to “Lives of Consequence.” Elizabeth Blackwell, Class of 1849, truly embodied this concept. Known worldwide as the first woman to receive her degree as a Doctor of Medicine, Dr. Blackwell founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children, helped found the National Health Society and was a pioneer in preventative medicine. Please describe how your science coursework, research or relevant experiences have helped shape your passion for scientific inquiry and your desire to pursue science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Award: A $25,000 scholarship.

Recognition and Benefits: All awardees will also have access to a faculty member as well as support in the pursuit of either clinical or field research as well as internships. They will receive an invitation to an induction dinner with science faculty.

Additional Awards: Students may also compete for the Hersh and Wood scholarships and the ability to compete for a seat at SUNY Upstate Medical University if they attend the Accepted Scholar Day program.

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For those students applying for the Blackwell Scholarship, paste your required essay here.

William F. Scandling ’49, LL.D. ’67 Trustee Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Named for Trustee William F. Scandling ’49, LL.D. ’67, whose leadership and support of Hobart and William Smith significantly altered the future of the Colleges. Trustee Scholarships are awarded to 50 students each year, and winners are selected by the Admissions Committee. Trustee Scholars are invited to campus for a recognition day in late winter.

Criteria: Applicants should be either in the top 10% of their class; have earned a 90 grade-point average or equivalent; scored 28 ACT or 1250 SAT (CR and Math); or received a recommendation from a counselor. Please note that the strongest applicants embody more than one of these requirements.

Additional Application Materials: A personal interview; and submission of SAT or ACT scores.

Award: A $25,000 scholarship and the opportunity to compete for additional $5,000 grants in specific academic areas.

Recognition and Benefits: All awardees will be assigned a faculty mentor in their chosen academic field. They will receive an invitation to an induction dinner with the Board of Trustees, and upon graduation they will be honored on a recognition plaque in the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

Additional Awards: Students may also compete for the Hersh and Wood scholarships if they attend the Accepted Scholar Day program.

The Environmental Sustainability Trustee Scholarship

The Environmental Sustainability Trustee Scholarship is for applicants with strong commitment and leadership in the areas of sustainability, energy and environmental policy, climate change science or policy, or similar. Students interested in becoming campus leaders and pursuing their passion towards environmental sustainability in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities will be considered. Winners are selected by the Admissions Committee. Trustee Scholars are invited to campus for a recognition day in late winter.

Criteria: Applicants should be either in the top 10% of their class; have earned a 90 grade-point average or equivalent; scored 28 ACT or 1250 SAT (CR and Math); or received recommendation from a counselor. Please note that the strongest applicants embody more than one of these requirements. Demonstrated interest in HWS will be taken into account.

Additional Application Materials: A personal interview; and submission of SAT or ACT scores.

Award: A $25,000 annual scholarship.

Recognition and Benefits: All awardees will be assigned a faculty mentor in their chosen academic field. They will receive an invitation to an induction dinner with the Board of Trustees, and upon graduation they will be honored on a recognition plaque in Rosenberg or Lansing Hall.

Additional Awards: Students may also compete for the Hersh and Wood scholarships if they attend the Accepted Scholar Day program.

Edward. E Rigney ’31 Scholarship In Debate

Named for Edward E. Rigney ’31, who among other roles, was a member of the U.S. Counsel for War Crimes in Nuremberg, Germany. He was also a prominent member of the Debate Team on campus. Rigney Scholars exhibit competitive success, contribution, or relevant skills in persuasion or Debate.

Criteria: Significant competitive success or contribution in the areas of Debate, Model U.N., or other similar activities. Also, students should display significant critical thinking, analytical or rhetorical skills. The ability to compete as an active participant on the HWS Debate team will be considered.

Additional Application Materials: Resume detailing relevant experiences.

Award: A $17,000 annual scholarship.

Recognition and Benefits: Participation on the HWS Debate Team. Name displayed on recognition plaque in Coxe Hall upon graduation from HWS.

ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS

Arts Scholars are selected by the Admissions Committee along with faculty members in the arts. Students who receive an Arts Scholarship are not required to major in a fine or performing art. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their application materials, audition or past experiences and potential contributions to HWS. Additional Application Materials: An additional Art Teacher Evaluation Form or other instructor recommendation; an art resume.

Award: Awards range from $3,000 - $17,000 annually.

Recognition and Benefits: All awardees will have access to a faculty mentor in the arts and encouraged to pursue internships, performances and other opportunities on and off campus. They will receive an invitation to an induction dinner with faculty members from the arts, and upon graduation they will be honored on a recognition plaque in the new performing arts center.

Arthur Garfield Dove Class of 1903 Scholarship for Studio Art and Architecture
The program is named for Arthur Garfield Dove, a member of the Hobart Class of 1903, who is recognized as America’s first abstract painter.

Application Materials: Applicants are asked to submit 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
The program is named for the late Professor of English Deborah Tall, who innovated what is now known as the lyric essay.

Application Materials: Applicants are asked to submit 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
The program is named for Professor Emeritus of English and Drama Edward E. Griffith L.H.D ’88. Griff, as he was known to his students, dedicated 30 years of his life to HWS, during which he was director of the Little Theatre.

Application Materials: Applicants should submit a 3-5 minute video CD with good audio quality.

Lindsay Lafford Scholarship for Musical Performance
This scholarship is named for Professor Emeritus of Music Lindsay Lafford L.H.D.’87. Lafford joined the faculty of Hobart and William Smith in 1948 as a music professor and soon became department chair. He taught music and directed the chorus for 31 years. Lafford’s passion for music, commitment to the Colleges and enthusiasm for his work and students earned him the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2000.

Application Materials: Applicants must submit 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 students 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
The program is named for Janet Seeley, who directed the HWS dance program from 1932-1971.

Application Materials: Students must submit a video of no more than 10 minutes in length with their written application materials. Those students interested in the Arts Scholarship in Dance must also audition in person. The first opportunity to audition will be in November (9 a.m.-noon). 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. Please register in advance for the November audition by contacting Associate Professor Cadence Whittier in the Dance Department. The second opportunity to audition will be in mid-February (9 a.m.-noon). Applicants are screened for invitation to this audition. Both the November and February auditions 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. 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.

INSTRUCTIONS

Please complete the form to the left (required items have a red asterisk), and click the SUBMIT button when done.

Please return all materials to:
HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES
Office of Admissions
629 South Main Street
Geneva, N.Y. 14456

Phone: (800) 852-2256 or (315) 781-3622
Fax: (315) 781-3914
E-Mail: admissions@hws.edu