Cornell College offers fine arts scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $25,000. While some of the scholarships listed below require a major or minor in the chosen field, others are available to any qualified student, regardless of major. We encourage all students who have a strong interest in art, music or theatre to apply.

Application guidelines

To be considered for a fine arts scholarship, you must complete the following steps:

  • As an applicant for Fall 2014 submit the corresponding form for scholarships in the Visual Arts, Music, or Theater
  • Apply for admission to Cornell before the Feb. 1 Regular Decision deadline. 
  • Complete an audition, interview, or submission of your work by Mar. 1. Requirements vary by your interest area: Visual Arts, Music or Theatre.

Decisions and notification

Unlike academic scholarships, which are announced at the time of admission, notifications about fine arts scholarship are made as soon as your materials have been reviewed. We encourage you to complete the process listed above as early as possible.

Renewal

Fine arts scholarships and awards are renewable annually if you make satisfactory academic progress, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Please be sure to read the specific eligibility and participation requirements for renewal of the Fine Arts awards and scholarships as listed below.

Questions and assistance

Once you submit your Fine Arts Scholarship Consideration Request Form, our Fine Arts Scholarship Coordinator (Joey Crowley) will contact you to arrange the rest of the process. Feel free to contact Joey at any time if you have questions.


Available scholarships and awards

Art Scholarships Awards

Buzza Art Scholarship: $10,000
Cornell College Art Award: $2,000 - $4,000

Eligibility:Students selected for art awards are not required to participate in the department's courses or activities, although many recipients take courses or remain involved through other art department activities.

Music Scholarships and Awards

Cornell College Music Award: $2,000 - $10,000
Cornell College Music Scholarship: $17,000 - $25,000

Eligibility: All music scholarships and awards require students to enroll in music lessons on the student's principal instrument, participate in at least one major ensemble on the student's principal instrument, and enroll in a MUS 701 Music Performance Seminar. Scholarship and award recipients are awarded free music lessons at a value of $350 per semester. All music scholarships and awards are available to all qualified students, regardless of major. 

Theatre Scholarships and Awards

Cornell College Theatre Award: $2,000 - $4,000

Eligibility: Students earning a Cornell College Theatre Award are not required to participate in the department's courses or activities, although many recipients take courses or remain involved through other theatre department activities.

Hunter Theatre Scholarship: $10,000

Eligibility: The Hunter scholarship requires a major in theatre and participation in one main stage production per semester.