Corcoran Scholars

The George Washington University's Corcoran Scholars program engages talented students across many disciplines who are driven by challenging academic and artistic growth. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., GW offers a vibrant community of practitioners and supporters of the arts.

Corcoran Scholars are supported in their artistic pursuits as they explore a diversity of practices and interpretations across disciplines, gaining a deeper understanding of the creative process and its place in a greater cultural context. Scholarships are renewable for up to 10 consecutive semesters of undergraduate study, assuming continuous full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.


Each year, an exceptional group of first-year students joins the Corcoran Scholars program. Recipients must either major or minor in their arts discipline, depending upon the academic program.

Dance, Music, and Theater: Priority consideration is given to students wishing to major in these areas; however, those intending to minor may apply.

Art & Design: Students must major in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Interior Architecture, or Photojournalism.

How to apply

To apply to the Corcoran Scholars program, students must submit an application for admission to GW via the Common Application and submit an audition application or a portfolio via Slideroom. Applications for Corcoran Scholars are due by January 5. Students applying Early Decision 1, Early Decision 2, and Regular Decision may apply. Candidates will be notified of their Corcoran Scholars decision in late March.
To learn more about Corcoran Scholars and to see audition and portfolio guidelines, visit the Corcoran Scholars webpage.


If you have questions about Corcoran Scholars, please contact Carol Lee Conchar at [email protected]