All students admitted to Goucher are automatically considered for a merit scholarship. Historically, approximately 80% of admitted students have received some form of financial aid, including merit scholarships, need-based aid, or a combination of both. In recent years approximately 45% of admitted first-year students have received a merit scholarship in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 annually, and 40% of transfer students have received a merit scholarship in amounts ranging from $8,500 to $10,000.
Scholarships in the Arts
To recognize, promote, and attract students with creative talent in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, Goucher offers two types of arts scholarships, awarded independent of financial need. To be considered for these scholarships, students are required to submit a complete Scholarship in the Arts application in the area for which they wish to be considered by February 1.
The Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship (FPAS)
These scholarships are awarded to incoming first-year students in dance, theatre, music, and visual art, in the amount of $10,000 per year. The FPAS is renewable for up to eight semesters, provided the recipient satisfies the renewal requirements, including full-time enrollment, a semester GPA of 3.00 or higher, and continued active participation in endeavors related to the arts to the satisfaction of the department sponsoring the scholarship (art and art history, dance, music, or theatre).
The Rosenberg Scholarships in Music, Dance, and Visual Art and the Wilhelm Scholarship in Theatre
Students compete for scholarships, awarded in the amount of $7,500 for one year. Unlike the FPAS, the Rosenberg and Wilhelm Scholarships are awarded for one year only.
- Dance: Both incoming first-year and continuing students are eligible to apply. An applicant does not have to be a declared major or minor in the department.
- Music: Only continuing students are eligible to apply. Students receiving a Rosenberg Scholarship are expected to major or minor in music.
- Visual Art: Only continuing declared majors in art and art history with sophomore standing are eligible to apply for a Rosenberg Scholarship.
- Theatre: Only continuing students are eligible to apply. Students receiving a Wilhelm Scholarship are expected to major or minor in theatre.
Any of the Scholarships in the Arts (FPAS, Rosenberg or Wilhelm) can be combined with a Global Citizen Scholarship and can only be applied toward billable charges (tuition, room, and board). None of the Scholarships in the Arts can be combined with a Dean's Scholarship, Tuition Exchange or a Tuition Remission benefit from Goucher College. In addition, students applying for need-based financial aid should note that receiving a Scholarship in the Arts will influence their demonstrated financial need and may, therefore, reduce some other portion of their need-based aid package.
Students may apply for a Scholarship in the Arts in only one discipline. Students who complete the application for a Scholarship in the Arts in Dance only will be considered for both a FPAS and a Rosenberg, even though they can only receive one of these scholarships.