The University of New Haven and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven have teamed up to offer a new scholarship for high school students who want to major in the arts at the University of New Haven. The scholarship award is $20,000, which is equivalent to $5,000 per academic year for four consecutive years.  


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Students interested in the scholarship must meet the following criteria in order to be considered: 

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Application Process

Contact & Academic Info

The first part of the application asks for basic contact and academic info such as:

  • Full Name
  • Home Address
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Name of current high school
  • Expected graduation date

Essay Questions

The application contains two essay prompts. Applications with incomplete essay prompts will not be considered.

1. What inspires your creativity? (250-word minimum)

2. Describe how you developed an interest in your intended major.(350-word minimum)


Select a professional reference, preferably an art or academic instructor who is qualified to make a statement of support on your behalf. If you cannot locate an instructor or guidance counselor, you can ask an employer or an individual capable of assessing you from a critical perspective.

A minimum of one reference is required.

*All references listed on your application will be contacted by the committee reviewing the applications


Creative Portfolio

There is no “right way” to construct a portfolio. You choose what to present to give us a picture of you, your interests, and your willingness to experiment and explore. The portfolio should consist of 2-5 of your best works showcasing your interests, skills, and creative potential.

There are no media-specific limitations. Applicants are encouraged to submit a diverse range of media; anything from pictures or videos, to links to your social media or website content. 


Technical Requirements for File Submissions:

  • Label each file with your last name followed by the file number (1-5)
  • Combined file size should not exceed 50 MB
  • Image files must be in .JPG or .PNG format
  • Individual images should not exceed 5 MB in size
  • DCR, TIF, and EPS files will not be accepted

Video Submissions:

  • Videos for your portfolio must be submitted as links in the space provided in the application (for example; YouTube, Google Drive, Vimeo, etc)
  • Video submissions should not exceed 8 minutes in combined length