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 three 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.
Muse in the News
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.
During the Fall 2014 semester, Amanda Rose Benjamin (Class of '16) won a scholarship from the Staten Island Chapter of the Hunter College Alumni Association. The award honored her achievements in academics, community service, and extracurricular activities in theatre and athletics.
Joy 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
Held 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
Muse 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.