RIT is well on its way to developing the leading performing arts program in the nation for non-majors, attracting talented and creative students who can continue their passions for music, dance, theater, and other performing arts.
RIT President David Munson has said the best students are students who are also involved in performing arts, which allow them to think creatively. It not only helps the students, but that experience gives them a leg up with prospective employers who seek the best, well-rounded candidates who can think creatively in a variety of situations.
This year, RIT welcomed a record 457 new students with a performing arts scholarship. That’s up from 366 scholarships awarded to new students in 2020, and 126 in 2019, the first year the scholarships were offered. The partial scholarships are renewable for up to five years, as long as the students stay involved in performing arts.
Disciplines listed for this year’s newest scholars are voice, strings, brass, musical theater, percussion, dance, woodwinds, acting, guitar, technical production, piano, jazz, video game composition, and commercial music.
They come from all of RIT’s colleges, with the majority from engineering and computer sciences.
David Hult, director of the Performing Arts Scholars Program, calls the scholarship recipients “talented, bright, highly motivated, self-starters, high achievers, disciplined, and academically gifted. They are truly an impressive group of students and want to leave space in their lives for the performing arts.”