Arts Awards by Department

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Creativity and art are central to the undergraduate student experience at Emory. While most students engage with the arts through classes and extra-curricular activities, many students choose to devote their time at Emory to personal artistic growth and enrichment of the Emory arts community.

Emory College and individual arts departments recognize these achievements and contributions through various awards and scholarships. Only the Dean's Music Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen.

Emory College Awards

Louis B. Sudler Prize in the Arts

The Sudler Prize in the Arts is awarded each year to the graduating senior or seniors who have demonstrated the highest standard of proficiency in one or more of the performing or creative arts. It may be given for performance, execution, or composition in the field of music, theater, dance, creative writing, film, visual arts, or allied areas of artistic endeavor. This prize, accompanied by a cash award of $6,000, is awarded at the College Honors Program each commencement. Nominations are made by arts departments and programs.

Department representatives may access the nomination form here.

STIPE Society of Creative Scholars

The John H. Gordon Stipe Society was founded to foster creativity and original scholarship among Emory College students. The Stipe Society is comprised of six appointed scholars each year, one from each area of the creative and performing arts. More information.

Department representatives may access the nomination form here.

Women's Club Arts Scholarship

The Women's Club Arts Scholarship was established by the Emory University Women's Club to recognize acheivement by women in the arts at Emory. This scholarship rotates among Dance, Film and Media Studies, Music, and Theater Studies.

Arts Department Awards

Art History Department

Art History Paper Prize

The Art History Paper Prize is awarded every spring to the undergraduate student who wrote the most outstanding research paper in the preceding two semesters. A monetary prize is awarded and the winner's name is included in the commencement program, if a graduating senior. More information.

Creative Writing Program

Academy of American Poets Prize

The Academy of American Poets Prize is awarded to one undergraduate student and one graduate student each spring for an outsanding poetry submission. Winners are awarded a $100 cash prize. Submission dates and guidelines can be found on the Creative Writing Program website.

Agnes Nixon and Kiki McCabe Prize for Screenwriting

The Agnes Nixon and Kiki McCabe Prize for Screenwriting is a $1,000 award given to an undergradate student who shows promise in screenwriting. Students may submit one screeplay for consideration each year. Submission dates and guidelines can be found on the Creative Writing Program website.

Aristine Mann Awards in fiction, non-fiction, playwrighting, and poetry

The Emory Creative Writing Program sponsors the Aristine Mann awards to celebrate the best undergraduate student writing at Emory. The contest is judged by professional writers outside Emory. Winners are awarded a $250 cash prize. Watch for this writing competition announcment early in spring semester. Deadlines, guidelines, and contact info available on the Creative Writing Program website.

Grace Abernathy Scholarship

The Grace Abernathy Scholarship is awarded each spring to an outstanding Creative Writing major. This generous scholarship is made possible by the Grace Abernathy Fund. Students wishing to apply must be declared Creative Writing majors. More information.

Dance Program

Pioneer Award

Nominated and selected by Emory Dance Faculty and awarded to a senior who is "breaking new ground," this award recognizes creative application and creative potential in the field of dance. More information.

Sally A. Radell Friends of Dance Summer Scholarship Award

The Sally A. Radell Friends of Dance Summer Scholarship Program was established in 1996 to make summer dance study more accessible to Emory students. It enables a student to study either in the United States or abroad with notable practicing artists, dance programs, and dance companies of his or her choice. This scholarship is available to dance majors in any year of study. More information.

Emory University Libraries

Woodruff Library Undergraduate Research Award

The Woodruff Library Undergraduate Research Award recognizes and undergraduate students who have made extensive use of Woodruff Library's collections and research resources in their original scholarship; and show evidence of critical analysis in their research skills (i.e., locating, selecting, evaluating, and synthesizing information). Only projects done for class credit are allowed to be entered. Up to three $500 awards are given each year.

Department of Music

Atlanta Symphony Chorus Robert Shaw Memorial: Outstanding Singer Award

The Outstanding Singer Award is $1,500 scholarship given each year to an exceptional rising junior music major in voice. The scholarship is granted during the student's junior and senior years. More information.

Blumenthal Award

The Blumenthal Award is given to junior, senior, or honors students performing a solo music recital. Students may use the award to commission a new work to be performed by the student and/or to hire accompanying musicians in the performance of a recently composed work. This award is funded by a generous endowment from Ms. Katherine Blumenthal. Interested students should contact Dr. Steven Everett at gsevere@emory.eduMore information.

Boykin Scholarship

The Department of Music provides one to three scholarships each year for students to study with music faculty. These scholarships are intended for prospective majors (freshmen and sophomores), although non-majors with good performance credentials are also considered. The scholarship is made possible through a generous grant given by Mrs. Miriam Boykin. More information.

Concerto and Aria Competition

The Emory University Conerto and Aria Competition is an annual showcase of the brilliant talent found in the Department of Music. It is open to undergraduate music majors. The winner is selected to perform with either the Emory Symphony Orchestra or Emory Wind Ensemble in the spring concert season. 

Friends of Music Award

The Friends of Music Award recognizes an undergraduate student for excellence in music based on performance, academic excellence, leadership, and service. An honorarium is presented at the Friends of Music Annual Dinner. More information.

Dean's Music Scholarship

The Department of Music offers a number of Dean's Music Scholarships for instrumental and vocal students. These scholarships are available for incoming Freshmen only and can be half, two-thirds or full tuition, tenable for four years. Candidates for this scholarship must show exceptional promise. More information.

William Lemonds Award for Summer Study Abroad

The William Lemonds Award for Summer Study Abroad is given each spring to a voice student attending a music study program outside the United States during the summer. More Information.

Department of Theater Studies

Alice N. Benston Award in Theater Studies

The Alice N. Benston Award is given by the Theater Studies faculty to the student or students who have shown exceptional dedication, promise, and intellectual rigor. The award is given to encourage continuing education in theater and is accompanied by a $1,500 cash prize.

Brenda Bynum Theater at Emory Award

The Brenda Bynum Award is given each year to the student who as offered selfless and generous contributions of time, ability, and enthusiasm to the Theater Studeis Department, Theater Emory, and student theater.

Fine Award

The Fine Award is given annualy to a junior or senior Theater Studies major or minor who has shown outstanding ability in acting. The prize is accompanied by $1,000 cash award.

Friends of Theater Emory Award

The Friends of Theater Emory Award is given to a graduating senior in recognition of outstanding artistic achievement, leadership, and valuable contribution through a body of work to theater Emory. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize. More information.

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