HWS Arts Scholars Benefit from Foundation Support
February 20, 2002 Geneva, NY — Hobart and William Smith Colleges recently received a grant of $100,000 from the Gladys Brooks Foundation to establish the Gladys Brooks Art Scholars Endowment Fund. Hobart and William Smith's Arts Scholars Program provides scholarship support for students selected on the basis of achievement and ability in the fine and creative arts.
Candidates for merit-based art scholarships of $3,000-$10,000 annually participate in a competitive selection process that includes an initial review of submitted work and a letter of recommendation from someone who can specifically assess a candidate’s preparation and ability in his or her particular field of artistic interest. Selected finalists must then participate in an audition and portfolio review day offered on the Hobart and William Smith campus.
Students supported by this award will enjoy the benefits of participation in the Colleges’ Arts Scholars Program, including special access to the faculty and facilities required to support and sustain their creativity, and the availability of a rich menu of performances, exhibits, and concerts, both on- and off-campus. There are also opportunities to meet guest artists and writers, attend special performances, participate in workshops and master classes – in short, to be part of a community of creative people who share their interests and will value their contributions.
The Arts Scholars Program supports students who excel in the studio arts, including painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture; in music, including vocal and instrumental performance and composition; in dance, both performance and choreography; and in creative writing, including poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Hobart and William Smith fine and performing arts faculty are gifted educators as well as active performing and/or scholarly artists: musicologists, composers, sculptors, print makers, painters, architects, writers, dancers, choreographers and conductors. They teach from a perspective of deep knowledge in their field as well as participants in the arts.
The Gladys Brooks Foundation was established through the will of the late Gladys Brooks Thayer, who during life was an avid philanthropist. The Foundation seeks to provide for the intellectual, moral and physical welfare of the American people by establishing and supporting non-profit libraries, educational institutions, hospitals and clinics.”
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