Presidential Scholars in the Arts

The George Washington University's Presidential Scholars in the Arts (PSA) program is composed of our most talented arts students who are driven by challenging education and artistic growth. Our students are supported in their artistic pursuits and have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty, who are both dedicated artists and teachers. Together, they experience our nation’s most important museums, stages, libraries, centers for performing arts, and arts organizations. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., GW offers a vibrant community of practitioners and supporters of the arts.

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design awards PSA scholarships each year to entering first-year students who have shown excellence in the performing or visual arts. PSA scholarships are renewable for up to 10 consecutive semesters with continuous full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.

The selection process for the Presidential Scholars in the Arts program and scholarship is competitive, and successful candidates demonstrate excellence as talented scholars in the performing and visual arts.

Depending on the academic program, PSA recipients must either major or minor in their arts discipline:

Dance, Music, and Theater recipients must major or minor in their discipline.

Visual Arts recipients must major in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Architecture, Fine Art Photography, or Photojournalism.


How do I apply?

Submit a PSA application. Students applying Early Decision 1, Early Decision 2, and Regular Decision may apply. PSA applications are due January 5. Candidates will be notified of their PSA decision in late March.


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