Scholarships and Grants

Presidential Arts Scholarships - Deadline March 1, 2017

A limited number of Presidential Arts Scholarships are available to students who are pursuing a major or a minor in art, creative writing, dance, music, or theatre. These $1,000 scholarships are renewable upon good standing and are merit based, not determined by financial need.

Due dates for academic year 2017-2018

  • March 1, 2017 FAFSA on file
  • March 1, 2017 submission of all required application materials


  • 3.0 grade point average in your major area
  • Major or minor in the artistic field in which you apply

New applicants

Application materials include*
  • A cover letter indicating the artistic department to which you are applying: art, creative writing, dance, music, theatre
  • A current resume of your creative or artistic achievements
  • One letter of recommendation from a full-time faculty member outside of your disicpline

Please note, there is no printed application for this scholarship.

Creative writing applicants must submit a writing sample in addition to the materials listed above. 

The sample should consist of 5-7 pages of poetry or 10-15 pages of fiction/creative nonfiction or 20-25 pages of a play or screenplay.

Renewal applicants

Please submit a letter to your department requesting renewal. This letter should include your artistic achievements since receiving the award.

Send materials to

The appropriate artistic department  (art, creative writing, dance, music, or theatre)
Attn: Presidential Arts Scholarship
Salem State University
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970

For additional information contact

Karen Gahagan
Center for Creative and Performing Arts

Student Artistic Development Grants - Deadline April 7, 2017

Student Artistic Development Grants are intended as an investment in promising students in the arts who, it is hoped, will view their summer grant project as a seminal point in his/her development as an artist.

The Center for the Arts will offer between 1 and 5 students financial support ranging from $500-$2500 for summer projects across all creative disciplines including but not limited to: art, creative writing, dance, music and theatre. Funded projects will combine creative experimentation and artistic merit, ultimately involving the undergraduate population through access to a completed project. Successful proposals will enhance the development of the student’s artistic identity through apprenticeship with a great artist or company, by developing an innovative artistic idea, by completing a body of work, or by working and living in an environment which fosters creative development. Grants are $500-$2500 each, awarded half in June 2017, half in August 2017.


Full time students who will be juniors or seniors in Fall 2017 may apply. (Spring 2017 graduates are not eligible.) Candidates must demonstrate evidence of artistic contribution to the campus community, and significant growth as an artist during his/her college career. The work outlined in the proposal must constitute a truly exceptional opportunity for artistic growth.

Funded student artists will be required to attend occasional events throughout the year, to share their creative process throughout the summer project via some form of social media, and to share his/her work with the Salem State University community.


Include a cover letter, resume of artistic achievement, two letters of recommendation, and a 750-word or less proposal narrative to include: the scope of your project, who will be involved, how the project will foster your creative growth, how the project can be shared with the wider student community, project duration. Include a one-page budget proposal itemizing any related expenses. 

Submit completed application materials to or Karen Gahagan, Center for Creative and Performing Arts, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970 no later than Friday, April 7, 2017 at 5 pm.