Students who have a passion for cinema, creative writing, dance, music, music theatre, studio art, or theatre are encouraged to submit supplementary materials for scholarship consideration.

Arts Scholarships

Denison’s merit-based arts scholarships, awarded to talented first-year and transfer students, range from $5,000 to $15,000 and are renewable for all four years. (Recipients are encouraged but not required to major or minor in the arts.)

Who should submit an arts supplement?

The optional arts supplement is for students who have devoted a significant amount of time and energy to one or more art forms (cinema, creative writing, dance, music, music theatre, studio art, or theatre) and who wish to document their special talent(s) as part of their application.

How do I apply for an arts scholarship?

All applicants who submit an arts supplement will automatically be considered for a merit-based arts scholarships. Interested students should submit their materials by their corresponding November 15 or January 15 application deadline.

  1. Submit your application for admission to Denison through the Common Application or Coalition Application.
  2. After you have submitted your application to Denison, you will be sent a link via email providing you access to the Denison applicant portal.
  3. Once you have access to the Denison applicant portal, look for the arts supplement section below the applicant and financial aid checklists.
  4. Select “submit arts supplement” and follow the instructions provided to upload your arts supplement materials.
  5. Review the deadlines and specific requirements for each discipline listed below.

Musicians are encouraged to audition in person (on campus). If you are from outside the region and can’t come to campus, you may audition virtually and/or submit a video recording as an arts supplement instead. Please visit the music department page to sign up for an in-person or virtual audition and to see the specific audition guidelines for your instrument

Please review the specific requirements for each discipline in the drop-downs below. Although no more than one scholarship will be awarded, you may submit materials in as many areas as you wish. Candidates with talents in music theatre, in particular, are encouraged to submit both music and theatre supplements.

Contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid with any questions.


Arts supplement materials must be submitted by the following deadlines:

First-Year Applicants

  • Early Decision 1: November 15
  • Early Decision 2: January 15
  • Regular Decision: January 15

Transfer Applicants

  • November 15 (January start)
  • April 15 (August start)

Arts Supplement Requirements

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