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Presidential Arts Scholarships

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.

Presidential Arts Scholarship Information

March 1, 2020

  • FAFSA on file (priority FAFSA deadline is February 15)
  • Submission of all required application materials to your academic department
  • 3.0 grade point average in your major area
  • Major or minor in the artistic field in which you apply
  • Must be a full-time, undergraduate student in the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Dance and music scholarship applicants are required to audition
  • Creative writing applicants must submit 8-15 pages of creative work with your application

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 discipline

*Please note, there is no printed application for this scholarship. If you are a current student, please deliver your materials to your academic department's main office. If you are an incoming student or transfer student, please note the department to which you are applying and mail materials to the following address. 

Department name
Attn: Presidential Arts Scholarship
Salem State University
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970

Please submit a letter to your department requesting renewal. This letter should include your artistic achievements since receiving the award. All renewal applicants must submit a letter. There are no automatic renewals of this award. 




Summer Student Artistic Development Grants

Summer 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 4 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 between $500-$2500 each.


Information about the Summer Student Artistic Development Grants

The deadline to apply for a 2020 Student Artistic Development Grant is  Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5 pm.

Full time students who will be juniors or seniors in Fall 2020 may apply. (Spring 2020 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 Karen Gahagan, Center for Creative and Performing Arts, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970 no later than Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5 pm.


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Karen Gahagan, Director
Center for Creative and Performing Arts

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