Presidential Scholars in the Arts

Presidential Scholars in the Arts (PSA) scholarships are available for entering undergraduate Fine Arts students of exceptional talent, maturity, and commitment. Scholarships are awarded based upon the applicant's creative work, academic record, life experiences, and understanding of the program, as well as an on-campus interview and portfolio review conducted by a committee made up of FAAH faculty. The PSA scholarships are awarded for four years and are subject to annual review. Presidential Scholars must pursue a major in Fine Arts or in Combined Fine Arts and Art History.

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PSA students must pursue one of the following degree/major options:

·       BA with a major in Fine Arts (students may pursue a second major)
·       BA with a combined major in Fine Arts and Art History
·       BFA in any area of the Corcoran School of Arts + Design

PSA students must declare their major by the end of their first semester. They should work with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in their program to ensure the requirements of their degree and participation are met.  

Critical Practices Requirement

All Fine Arts PSA students must take Critical Practices (FA 4195) during their senior year.

Gallery 102

PSA students are required to participate in the activities of Gallery 102, the student-run gallery. This includes actively attending Gallery 102 Committee meetings and exhibition openings and assisting with the organization and installation of exhibitions. PSA students are encouraged to participate in at least one show per year in the gallery in addition to the annual PSA exhibition. 

Required Exhibitions

PSA students are required to organize and install at least two solo exhibitions of his/her own work in one of the first floor hallway spaces of Smith Hall of Art by the time of graduation.

Participation: PSA Weekends

PSA students are required to participate in all PSA weekends. This participation will include contributing works to and assisting with the installation of a PSA exhibition, assisting the department administrative staff with various duties, and attending breakfasts and lunches with prospective PSA students.

Past PSA exhibitions:

Entropy (2014)
Extensions (2013)
From A to Zany (2012)
Presidential Scholars in the Arts Show (2011)
Paint It. Sculpt It. Adobe It. (2010)

PSA students must work with the departmental fine arts advisor to ensure these requirements are met.  

Presidential Scholars in the Arts Information

Deadline: January 15

Please send all PSA portfolio materials to:

PSA Committee
Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
George Washington University

Smith Hall of Art, 101

801 22nd Street NW

Washington, DC 20052

For more info:
phone: 202.994.0032