Arts Grants, Scholarships and Awards

Office of Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships

The Office of Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships serves Hunter College as a resource for students seeking information and guidance on funding outside the College with special emphasis on university-sponsored programs that support nationally competitive opportunities for work or study in the United States and abroad, both before and after graduation.

Performing Arts Student Activity Fund Grant

At the beginning of each academic year, the Performing Arts Office accepts applications from students for performing arts projects for the Fall and Spring of the academic year. The goal of the SAF Fund for the Performing Arts is to provide opportunities for students to create projects or explore ideas in dance, film, music and theatre. Through this program, student work in the performing arts is supported and the Hunter community is enriched by the wide array of projects that are presented.

Muse Scholar Program

The  Muse Scholar Program is one of several four-year scholarship programs at Hunter College for incoming freshmen who demonstrate high academic achievement and potential. Specifically aimed at artistically talented and academically strong students, the Muse Scholar Program helps undergraduates take advantage of Hunter’s exceptional arts programs, faculty and resources.

In addition to financial support, these programs create a supportive learning community among the scholars and provide students with unique academic experiences, residential housing, and extracurricular opportunities that help them get the most out of their college years.

Theatre Department Awards

  • Robert LoBianco Scholarship: Each fall semester the Hunter College Department of Theatre awards two $2500 Robert LoBianco scholarships to undergraduate theatre majors who demonstrate both academic merit and need.
  • The Anne Freedman Student Theatre Production Fund: he Anne Freedman Student Theatre Production Fund (AFPF) has been established by a generous grant to encourage and assist full-time undergraduate and graduate students matriculated in the Hunter College Department of Theatre to mount theatrical productions at any stage of development at Hunter College or outside venue(s). Grants range from $1000 to $5000.
  • Other Awards: Outstanding theatre students are nominated by faculty for awards announced at the end of each semester.

English Department Prizes and Awards

Every year the English Department offers a variety of prizes and awards for both undergraduate and graduate students.  The prizes and awards program provides a wonderful opportunity for students to have their work recognized in the fields of literary analysis and criticism; creative fiction, non-fiction, and poetry; personal essay; and drama.  In addition to recognition, many winners receive financial awards that contribute to continued academic study and travel abroad.

Kossak Painting Fellowship

Kossak Painting Fellows are Hunter College undergraduate art majors studying painting, selected by faculty each semester to receive a $1000 grant to advance the development of their work. They also participate in a weekly series of critiques with a faculty advisor and a roster of renowned visiting artists.

The Aronson Awards: Social Justice Journalism & Cartooning with a Conscience

  • Documentary: Open to IMA Graduate students.
  • Undergraduate Journalism: Must be undergraduate Hunter student whose work was published in 2016 in newspapers, magazines, blogs and online publications based in the U.S.

Thomas Hunter Honors Program

The Thomas Hunter Honors Program is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide superior students with an individualized course of study suited to their needs and interests. Open to students of high intellectual ability and interdisciplinary interests who are pursuing a BA degree, it is compatible with most Arts and Sciences majors.  It provides its participants the chance to study with outstanding faculty members who have indicated an interest in assisting exceptional students. All certified Thomas Hunter Honors Program students are eligible to apply for several special scholarships reserved for THHP students.