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Muse Scholar Program


The Hunter College Muse Scholar Program provides a unique learning environment for artistically talented and academically strong students, allowing them to reap the benefits of Hunter's exceptional arts programs, faculty and resources.

Through tailored courses and attendance at events at Hunter and New York City arts and cultural institutions, Muse Scholars receive an unparalleled opportunity to explore the arts and engage in creative pursuits while receiving a top-notch liberal arts education.

Launched during the 2011-2012 academic year, this four-year honors program has already welcomed six classes of impressive Muse Scholars who have played Carnegie Hall, acted in Off-Broadway plays, won busking positions in the New York transit system, earned creative-writing awards, and played baseball for the East Coast Yankees, among other accomplishments.

Read about Hunter's incredible arts departments and programs in this digital brochure.

Watch a video about the Muse Scholar Program
created by Muse Scholar Ilana Krugolets (Class of '17)

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Muse in the News

Graduating MusesOn Tuesday, May 30, at Radio City Music Hall, 20 Muse Scholars graduated from Hunter College during the Spring 2017 Commencement Exercises (click here to read more about the 215th Commencement Exercises)

At this momentous occasion, 5 Muse Scholars were honored on stage as Salutatorians: Kim Hamadani, Ilana Krugolets, Krisha Mehta, Maureen Murray, and Dana Nassau.

A week before the Commencement Exercises, Dara Meyers-Kingsley, Director of the Muse Scholar Program, invited this year’s graduating Muses to a lunch at Asia Society in celebration of their achievements at Hunter. Congratulations, Muse Scholar Class of 2017!


RebeccaMuse Scholar Rebecca Ahamad (Class of '17) graduated a semester early and was honored as top salutatorian at Winter Commencement, held on January 19, 2017. An English Literature major, Rebecca plans to pursue an MA in teaching English as a second language.

Rebecca has a passion for working with children and has already begun preparing for a career in children's education. An ambitious and dedicated student, Rebecca found her calling through a combination of academic excellence and work experience outside the classroom.

Though the Muse Scholar program began just six years ago, two valedictorians and one top salutatorian have graduated from the program since then. Dara Meyers-Kingsley, Director of the Muse Scholar Program who teaches a year-long course for all freshman Muse Scholars, has built a community of brilliant, inspired students who shine- not only within the Muse Scholar program, but within CUNY Hunter College as a whole.

Congratulations, Rebecca, and thank you for being an inspiration to your fellow Muse Scholars. We are very proud of you!  Click here to read more about Rebecca.


Ruby headshotRuby Hutson-Ellenberg (Class of '16), who just graduated from the Muse Scholar Program, is making her debut as a playwright at the 20th Annual New York International Fringe Festival this fall! FringeNYC is the largest multi-arts festival in North America. It has been the launching pad for acclaimed writers, actors, directors, Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, downtown hits, and regional theatre productions. Hutson-Ellenberg's play, Eve and Her Neighbors, will have a 2 ½ week run this August.

Read more about Hutson-Ellenberg and her new play here!



The Muse Scholar Program is proud to announce its second valedictorian graduate: Victoria Baamonde (Class of '16). Baamonde graduated as a geography major and theater minor. Muse Scholar Carol Szwei (Class of '16) also graduated this Spring and sang at the commencement ceremony.

To read more about Hunter's 213th commencement, click here.



Nelly Gordpour (Class of '16), a recent graduate of the Muse Scholar Program and Pre-Law Program at Hunter College, won a prestigious human rights fellowship with Humanity in Action (HIA). As one of HIA's John Lewis Fellows, an elite group of 30 university students and recent graduates, Nelly will contribute to innovative outreach initiatives while attending discussions with renowned activists and scholars at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.

View the press release about Nelly winning HIA's highly competitive fellowship here.



JoyJoy Scanlon (Class of '16) won two major awards from Hunter College during the Spring 2014 semester: the Raab Presidential Fellowship and the Edna Wells Luetz/Frederick P. Riedel Endowed Scholarship. The Raab Presidential Fellowship supported Scanlon's summer studies of Tibetan art-making and collage in Dharamsala, India. Scanlon spent over a month in a SUNY Purchase program learning about Tibetan and Indian culture, making art, and practicing yoga. The Edna Wells Luetz/ Frederick P. Riedel Endowed Scholarship honors her achievements in the Department of Art & Art History.



Robert Bronchard (Class of '16) is a four-time laureate of The Associated Music Teachers' League (AMTL) competition and performed in the 2014 Young Musicians Concert on Mother's Day at Carnegie Hall. Bronchard, who recently graduated with a BA in piano performance from Hunter's Department of Music, has outplayed many talented musicians to win a place on the bill of The Young Musicians Concert, which features only "la crème de la crème" of developing artists, according to the AMTL.


Muse Showcase & Art Exhibition


Sara Tabio (Class of '19) ShowcaseHeld each spring in the Ida K. Lang Recital Hall, the Muse Arts Showcase offers the scholars a venue to present their creative achievements to the Hunter community while gaining valuable experience in planning a performing arts event.

During the Spring Showcase, the Muse scholars share their wide-ranging talents in various forms: poetry and prose readings, instrumental performances, singing original and cover songs, and tap-dancing, to name a few.

The showcase is planned and organized by a committee of scholars and directors, while programs and communications are created by scholar designers and copy writers. Read more about the showcase here.

There is also an annual visual art exhibition that is held alongside the Spring Showcase. Since 2015, the visual art exhibition has expanded to become the Activating the Urban Campus exhibition. Read more about Activating the Urban Campus here.


Spotlight on Dance

Dance at 92YMuse Scholars are receiving an insider's perspective on the dance world, thanks to a partnership with Hunter College's Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program.

In the studio and the classroom, Arnhold Director Kathleen Isaac and graduate students are working with the Muse Scholars to develop their understanding of the elements of dance. The scholars have hit the dance floor during special workshops at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico, and Studio 353. During these workshops, Muses have learned styles ranging from classical ballet to Bollywood, and attended Fall for Dance performances at New York City Center.