What is the Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity?
The Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity is a four-year full-tuition scholarship to be awarded annually to an incoming student whose work of creative written expression is judged to best reflect the originality, artistry, and dynamism embodied in Broadway’s Hamilton. Winner of eleven 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Hamilton tells the story of our country’s youngest founding father; Alexander Hamilton, a brash young immigrant who changed the course of history. The scholarship was established in honor of Hamilton writer, composer, and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 and director Thomas Kail ’99 – award-winning Wesleyan alumni who embody the University’s spirit of boldness, creativity, and experimentation.
Who is eligible to apply for the Hamilton Prize? Are International Students Eligible? What about early decision applicants?
All incoming first-year students at Wesleyan are eligible to apply for the Hamilton Prize, whether they apply through early decision or in the regular decision round.
Do I need to apply to Wesleyan University to be considered for the Hamilton Prize?
Yes. The Hamilton Prize will be awarded as a four-year full-tuition scholarship to an incoming first-year student. To be considered, you must apply to Wesleyan using the Common or Coalition Application. Interested students can apply to Wesleyan online at http://wesleyan.edu/admission.
How do I apply for the Hamilton Prize?
In addition to a completed application for admission Wesleyan, Hamilton Prize applicants must submit a single submission of an original work of creative written expression. Acceptable submissions include short fiction, poetry, slam poetry, and song lyrics, as well as excerpts from longer works of fiction, creative nonfiction, screenplays, or theatrical plays, and any other form of creative written expression. Specific details and submission guidelines can be found at http://wesleyan.edu/hamiltonprize.
What is the deadline to apply for the Hamilton Prize?
Regardless of the Wesleyan application round to which you apply (early decision I/II or regular admission), completed applications for the Hamilton Prize must be received on or before January 1, 2018.
Should I still apply for Financial Aid if I apply for the Hamilton prize?
Wesleyan University is committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of all admitted students. They strongly encourage you to apply for financial aid in addition to the Hamilton Prize if you know you will need financial assistance. For details on applying for need-based aid, visit http://wesleyan.edu/finaid.