The Arts Scholars Program is designed for talented first year applicants who would like to continue their work in the fine or performing arts 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-$20,000 annually on the recommendation of the fine and performing arts faculty. Demonstrated interest in HWS will also be considered in selecting Arts winners.

If chosen 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. However, it is our expectation that you will participate every year for four years in the art for which you were designated a scholar. It is generally expected that your continued participation will be in the area in which you compete.

Available Arts Scholarships

Arthur Garfield Dove Class of 1903 Scholarship for Studio, Fine Art and Architecture

Deborah Tall Scholarship for Creative Writing

Edward E. Griffith Scholarship for Theatre and Theatre Tech Scholarship

Janet Seeley Performing Arts Scholarship for Dance

Lindsay Lafford Scholarship for Musical Performance

Art Scholarship FAQs

Who is eligible to apply for an arts scholarship?

  • Any first year student who applies to Hobart and William Smith Colleges

What is the Scholarship Deadline?

  • All students interested in applying for a Merit Scholarship must have all of their materials submitted by November 15th if applying to the Colleges as an Early Decision candidate, January 15th if applying to the Colleges as an Early Decision II, or February 1 as a Regular Decision candidate (this includes the scholarship application itself and any additional requirements required for the scholarship). 

What if I am not ready to submit my Common Application to Hobart and William Smith Colleges by January 15th?

  • You do not need to submit your Common Application and Scholarship Application on the same date. You can submit your Common Application after the scholarship deadline of January 15th.

When do I need to submit my scholarship application if I am applying Early Decision to Hobart and William Smith Colleges?

  • Your scholarship application should be submitted on or before the Early Decision deadline
  • Early Decision I Deadline: November 15
  • Early Decision II Deadline: January 15 (rolling admissions)
  • Regular Decision Deadline: February 1

Do I have to major or minor in the art discipline to which I was named an art scholar?

  • No but you do need to meet the art scholarship expectations which indicate that; “students are expected to participate in the area in which they compete every year for four years”

When will I be notified about my art scholarship?

  • If you are admitted to the institution, the notification of whether or not you received an Art Scholarship will appear in the financial aid letter that accompanies your acceptance letter

What is the award amount for Art Scholar recipients?

  • Art Scholars are awarded $3,000-$20,000 annually on the recommendation of the fine and performing arts faculty

Is my art scholarship award renewable annually?

  • Yes, as long as you continue to meet the art scholarship expectations.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the Art Scholarships?

  • You should email the HWS Scholarship committee at
  • You can call Emily Martin, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, directly at 315-781-3794


Feel free to contact us individually or e-mail the Office of Admissions if you have any questions.

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