Application Deadline is November 16!

The University of New Haven (UNH) 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 UNH. The scholarship award is $20,000, which is equivalent to $5,000 per academic year for four consecutive years. 

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Selection Process
  • A committee of discipline-specific experts will review and score the applications

  • Up to 10 awards are available

  • Scholarship is applied directly to the awardees tuition if accepted into their selected degree program at UNH

Winners will be notified on November 28 and will also be invited to our annual Arts Awards Luncheon on December 7 at the New Haven Lawn Club.  

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Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for the Creative Arts @ UNH Scholarship




The creative portfolio is particularly important to the Selection Committee. Be sure to review the technical specifications below before submitting your application. Submissions that do not meet these specifications will not be considered. 

Basic Information

  • Full Name

  • Home Address

  • Email

  • Phone Number

Academic Information

  • Name of current high school

  • Expected graduation date


  • 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

  • References listed on your application will be contacted by the committee reviewing the applications

  • A minimum of one (1) reference is required to submit the application

Personal Statement

  • 250-750 word statement answering the question “What inspires your creativity?”

Career Aspiration Statement

  • 250-500 word statement answering the question “Describe how you developed an interest in your intended major.”

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

  • 2-5 of your best works

  • Showcase your interests, skills, and creative potential

  • There are no media specific limitations - we encourage applicants to submit a diverse range of media (e.g. pictures, videos, website/social media links, original writing, etc.)


Technical Requirements:

  • Label each file with your last name followed by the file number (1-5)
  • The following file types will not be accepted: DCR, TIF, EPS
  • 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
  • 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