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Corcoran Scholars

Each year, an exceptional group of undergraduate students are selected as Corcoran Scholars at the George Washington University. 

Corcoran Scholars are chosen as incoming first-year undergraduates and join a cohort of talented arts and design students who are driven by academically robust programs that exemplify creative expression. They receive a Corcoran Scholars award that is renewable for up to ten semesters with continuous full-time study and good academic standing.

Corcoran Scholars are given priority placement in the Arts + Design Living Learning Community (LLC), an Academic Residential Community that is available to admitted first-year students. Admitted first-year Corcoran Scholars students simply indicate this preference on their Housing Application.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT ELIGIBILITY & HOW TO APPLY

INFORMATION FOR CURRENT CORCORAN SCHOLARS

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ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

Corcoran Scholars awards are granted to first-year undergraduate applicants through completion of an audition or portfolio review during the GW application process. 

Corcoran Scholars awards are renewable for up to 10 consecutive semesters of undergraduate study, assuming the following:

  • Corcoran Scholars must either major or minor in their arts discipline, depending upon the academic program.
    • Dance, Music and Theatre: Priority consideration is given to students wishing to major in these areas; however, those intending to minor are also eligible.
    • Art and Design: Students must major in Fine Art (BA or BFA), Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Interior Architecture, or Photojournalism.
       
  • Corcoran Scholars must have continuous full-time enrollment and active progress toward their Corcoran major or minor, depending on the area requirements (above). 
     
  • Corcoran Scholars must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

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APPLICATION PROCESS 

The selection process for Corcoran Scholars is competitive, and successful candidates demonstrate excellence as talented scholars in the performing and visual arts and design. Scholarships are awarded to students of exceptional talent, maturity and commitment. A committee of faculty members evaluates applicants based on their creative work, academic record, life experiences and understanding of the program, as well as program-specific audition, portfolio review or interview requirements.
 

Corcoran Scholars awards are renewable for up to 10 consecutive semesters of undergraduate study, assuming continuous full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress. First-year applicants applying for Fall Admission to GW, including Early Decision I, Early Decision II or Regular Decision may apply.

To apply to the program, students must:

1. Submit an application for admission to GW via the Common Application

2. Complete a program-specific audition or portfolio review, based on your programs requirements (below). 

IMPORTANT NOTE: We plan to offer an in-person audition date on Saturday, January 29, 2022, however, due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also requiring all audition/interview materials to be submitted virtually by January 5, 2022.

If you plan to audition in person, please be aware that GW requires that all visitors attest that they are vaccinated, or if they are unvaccinated, attest that they have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their visit to campus. To see GW's specific public health measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our community, visit Onward GW.

Before your visit to campus, please fill out this GW form in advance (which asks for your attestation). Masks are required in all GW buildings.

Corcoran Scholars who wish to study performance arts must complete an audition as part of the application process. Each performance area has different requirements.
 

Dance, BA and Minor Guidelines

Priority consideration for Corcoran Scholars is given to students wishing to major in these areas; however, those intending to minor may apply.

Dance Corcoran Scholars applicants must complete the Dance Audition Application in SlideRoom by January 5, 2022. Upon completion of your SlideRoom application, you will be contacted by Theatre & Dance ([email protected]) to confirm your audition date, time and details.

Audition Date

We plan to offer an in-person audition date on Saturday, January 29, 2022, however, due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also requiring all auditions to be submitted virtually by January 5, 2022. If you select in-person, we will be in touch to confirm your selected audition date and details about that day.

In the event of inclement weather, the snow date for in-person auditions will be Saturday, February 5, 2022.

Virtual Auditions

Virtual Auditions must be submitted through SlideRoom by January 5, 2022.

For virtual auditions, you are encouraged to visit campus and participate in a technique class at another time, when possible, but your Corcoran Scholars application will be considered complete by completing your SlideRoom Audition Application and solo. For your virtual submission of a solo, the dance should be 3-5 minutes in length. The solo may be choreographed by you or by a teacher.

 

Music, BA and Minor Audition Guidelines

Corcoran Scholars consideration is for Fall first-year applicants only who wish to major or minor in Music.

Music Corcoran Scholars applicants must complete the Music Audition Application in SlideRoom by January 5, 2022. Upon completion of your SlideRoom application, you will be contacted by Music to confirm your audition date, time and details.

Audition Date

We plan to offer an in-person audition date on Saturday, January 29, 2022, however, due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also requiring all auditions to be submitted virtually by January 5, 2022. If you select in-person, we will be in touch to confirm your selected audition date and details about that day.

In the event of inclement weather, the snow date for in-person auditions will be Saturday, February 5, 2022.

Virtual Auditions

Virtual Auditions must be submitted through SlideRoom by January 5, 2022. Music faculty will be in touch in early January to set up a time for a brief interview.

Specific musical instrument audition guidelines:

  • JAZZ / POPULAR MUSIC: Perform two (2) or three (3) selections in contrasting styles that demonstrate technical and musical facility. Some reference to the blues is encouraged and jazz rhythm players will be asked to demonstrate accompaniment techniques. An accompaniment will be provided.

  • PIANISTS: Perform two (2) three (3) selections from different style periods, including one lyrical piece; also be prepared to play major/minor scales and arpeggios.

  • STRINGS: Perform two (2) or three (3) pieces of contrasting style that demonstrate technical and musical facility. No accompaniment.

  • VOCALISTS: Perform three (3) selections, all to be sung from memory. Two (2) selections may be from the classical/art music repertoire. One (1) selection must be in a foreign language. One (1) selection may be from the pop/jazz/musical theater repertoire. All selections must be accompanied; a departmental accompanist will be provided. All sheet music for voice Corcoran Scholars Program candidates must be sent to the GW Music Program at least one week prior to the audition (for in-person auditions only, virtual applicants do not need to submit). Make sure copies are clean and complete and always bring the originals to your audition.

  • WOODWINDS and BRASS: Perform two (2) or three (3) contrasting selections that demonstrate technical and musical facility. Be prepared to play major, minor and chromatic scales throughout the range of the instrument. Please bring three (3) photocopies of your music for the audition panel. No accompaniment.

  • CLASSICAL GUITAR / PERCUSSION: Please contact GW Music Program at [email protected] for specific audition requirements in these areas. Indicate “2022 Classical Guitar/Percussion/Composition Candidate” in the subject line.

  • COMPOSERS / ARRANGERS / PRODUCERS / COMPUTER MUSIC: Submit a portfolio of two (2) to four (4) work samples. These samples can include (but are not limited to) music that you have written or created using traditional notation and/or within a digital audio workstation, recordings that you have engineered and/or produced, and electronic musical instruments that you have created. In your essay (see number 9 on the SlideRoom application), please include a description of your experience as a music creator and what you hope to gain from pursuing music as a Corcoran Scholar. Please submit uncompressed audio and/or video files.

 

Theatre, BA and Minor - Acting Audition Guidelines

Priority consideration for Corcoran Scholars is given to students wishing to major in these areas; however, those intending to minor may apply.

Theatre Corcoran Scholars applicants must complete the Theatre Audition Application in SlideRoom by January 5, 2022. Upon completion of your SlideRoom application, you will be contacted by Theatre & Dance ( [email protected]) to confirm your audition date, time and details. You must choose to audition in-person or virtually.

Audition Date

We plan to offer an in-person audition date on Saturday, January 29, 2022, however, due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also requiring all auditions to be submitted virtually by January 5, 2022. If you select in-person, Theatre will be in touch to confirm your selected audition date and details about that day.

In the event of inclement weather, the snow date for in-person auditions will be Saturday, February 5, 2022.

Virtual Auditions

Acting Corcoran Scholars candidates must perform two contrasting age appropriate monologues from contemporary plays that have been read by the applicant in their entirety (e.g. have not been drawn from monologue books or online sources). Monologues are not to exceed a combined total of 3 minutes in length. If you have interests beyond acting (for example, directing, design, choreography, playwriting, theatre studies, etc.), you are welcome to upload only ONE acting video and use your SECOND video to showcase work in any of these other areas.

Theatre, BA and Minor - Technical Guidelines

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

Technical Theatre Corcoran Scholars applicants must submit the application in SlideRoom, including a portfolio of your work by January 5, 2022. As part of your SlideRoom application, you will complete a virtual interview. Upon completion of your SlideRoom application, you will be contacted by Theatre & Dance ([email protected]) to confirm your interview date, time and details.

Audition Day - Interview

We plan to offer an in-person interviews on Saturday, January 29, 2022, however, due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also requiring all materials to be submitted virtually by January 5, 2022. If you select in-person, Theatre will be in touch to confirm your selected audition date and details about that day.

In the event of inclement weather, the snow date for in-person auditions will be Saturday, February 5, 2022.

Corcoran Scholars students must major in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Interior Architecture, or Photojournalism.

portfolio review is required as part of the GW admissions application for certain programs, and with the portfolio submission, applicants to these programs are automatically considered for the Corcoran Scholars:

  • Fine Art, BFA

  • Graphic Design, BFA

  • Interaction Design, BFA

  • Photojournalism, BFA

portfolio review is not required for these programs as part of the admissions application to GW, however, it is required if applicants wish to be considered for Corcoran Scholars:

  • Fine Arts, BA

  • Interior Architecture, BFA


AUDITION DAY:

Saturday, January 29, 2022

In the event of inclement weather, the snow date for in-person auditions will be Saturday, February 5, 2022.

We plan to offer an in-person audition on Saturday, January 29, 2022, however, due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also requiring all audition materials to be submitted virtually by January 5, 2022. If you select in-person on your SlideRoom Application, we will be in touch to confirm your selected audition date and details about that day.


 

Kayla Cooper-Gamble

“I've learned so much about music, voice, and myself through my coursework and vocal lessons. I am very thankful to the Corcoran Scholars program and all of the faculty and staff who have taught and coached me throughout my college years at GW.”

 

Kayla Cooper-Gamble, Music

 

 

Daniel Debner

“The Corcoran Scholars program at GW has permitted me to pursue my career through incredible internship experiences with several professional theatre and dance companies in Washington, D.C.”

 

Daniel Debner, Theatre

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR Corcoran Scholars


 

CURRENT CORCORAN SCHOLARS

Important Note:  Starting in Fall 2019, all current Corcoran Scholars students receive regular emails to their GW email through the Corcoran Scholars listserv.  If you are not receiving them, please contact us.

 

Save the Dates!

Check back soon for information about Fall 2021 events.

 

Scholars Student Planning Committee

We heard through the survey that there’s a lot of interest in helping plan Central Corcoran Scholars events for all Corcoran Scholars students.

Want to help plan Corcoran Scholars events for the future?

Sign up here to be a part of the Student Planning Committee!

 

Share your Creative Work

Do you have an upcoming exhibition, performance, or presentation of your creative work? Let us know!  

Complete this form, and we’ll include information in Corcoran Scholars Listserv emails throughout the semester to let your Corcoran Scholars peers know about the exciting work you are doing!
 

Corcoran Scholars Creative Work

 

Questions?

Contact us at [email protected].