Performing Arts Scholarship

The Performing Arts Scholarship Program

RIT student performing on a stage



You’re interested in more than just your major. You have a love and a talent for singing, acting, dancing, or playing music. At RIT, we not only hope you’ll continue participating in the performing arts, we absolutely encourage it through the Performing Arts Scholarship.

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As a performing arts scholar, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other students that share your passion for music, theater or dance. 

Performing arts at a university known around the world for its excellence in science and tech? You better believe it. By combining the constantly innovative nature of technology with traditional art and performance, we are breaking new ground in the realm of artistic experience. Learn more here

Expand your experience by exploring your interests off campus. The Rochester community is hub for great music, theater, dance, and musical theatre. As a Performing Arts Scholar, you’ll have opportunities to attend and enjoy a variety of shows, concerts, and festivals, allowing you to immerse yourself in both the RIT and Rochester performing arts communities.

First-year and transfer applicants to RIT are eligible to apply for the Performing Arts Scholarship, regardless of intended major. This scholarship may be received in combination with other awards and grants and is renewable each year you are an undergraduate student and involved in performing arts at RIT.

The application consists of a series of questions regarding your performing arts experiences and goals, and a place to provide performance examples via YouTube or Vimeo.

Application Deadlines

Students should apply by the following deadlines for best consideration for the program, however, applications received after the deadline will still be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Fall Entry Performing Arts Deadline
Early Decision I or II - First-year students January 15 now February 1
Regular Decision - First-year students February 1 now March 1
Transfer students February 1 now March 1
Spring Entry Performing Arts Deadline
First-year and transfer students November 1

Use the link below to begin. An authenticated login is required. Use your RIT application account login credentials.

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There are three requirements for maintaining your annual scholarship.


Participate in any form of the performing arts including acting, dance, music, musical theatre, or technical production course or activity for at least one semester each academic year that you receive the scholarship. This can include performing arts-focused ensembles, productions, clubs, or classes!

Complete the end-of-semester survey emailed to you in the final weeks of each semester to share the activities in which you participated.

Connect, network, and socialize with your fellow Performing Arts Scholars, the RIT/NTID community and take advantage of the many wonderful opportunities in the Finger Lakes Region. Learn more about enrichment activity opportunities here.

Questions? View our FAQ or Contact a Program Guide

Visit the RIT Performing Arts FAQ


Eric Moslow
Technical Director
NTID Department for Performing Arts
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Technical Theatre Guide

Alexa Scott-Flaherty
Visiting Lecturer
School of Performing Arts
College of Liberal Arts

Theatre Guide

Karl Stabnau
Visiting Lecturer
Director of Jazz Ensembles
Popular Music Collective
School of Performing Arts
College of Liberal Arts

Music Guide

Thomas Warfield
Senior Lecturer
Director of Dance
NTID Department for Performing Arts
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Dance Guide

Laura Conyers
Associate Director, Performing Arts Scholarship Program
School of Performing Arts
College of Liberal Arts
Steelband Ensemble

Opportunities in Performing Arts