Scholarships & Talent Awards
Students must remain in good academic standing to renew the award yearly. Talent scholarships may require that students audition or submit a portfolio or writing sample. Students should note that University policies limit the number and amount of institutional scholarships that students may receive. The most current financial aid award letter will always list your eligibility from multiple institutional sources.
The Richard and Virginia Hunsaker Scholarship is awarded to approximately eight incoming freshmen annually. This scholarship program is for exceptional applicants who exhibit outstanding academic achievement, leadership and contributions to their schools and communities.
The Richard and Virginia Hunsaker Scholarship was established by alumni, Richard and Virginia Hunsaker, both members of the Class of 1952. This incredible couple has been instrumental in the progress of the University both as an institution and as a community. Their support over the last 60 years has made possible the Hunsaker Student Center, four endowed chairs and the Richard and Virginia Hunsaker Scholarship. The Hunsaker Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship available for incoming freshman students based on a combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, and demonstrated leadership and/or civic engagement.
Twenty-five to thirty finalist who have the ability to positively affect the academic and extracurricular experience at Redlands are chosen by the Admissions Committee and brought to Redlands for an all-expenses-paid campus visit over Admitted Students' Day weekend. On Saturday, finalists sit for an interview with the selected committee composed of university trustees, alumni, and faculty who have reviewed the finalist applications.
To receive priority consideration for the Richard and Virginia Hunsaker Scholarship, student must apply to Redlands by January 15.
Students selected as Hunsaker Scholars receive scholarship awards ranging from $4,000 to $57,000, based upon demonstrated financial need, as determined by the University of Redlands Office of Student Financial Services, using data from the FAFSA. Finalists who interview for the scholarship will receive an additional $2,500. Students who are selected as Hunsaker Scholars but do not demonstrate financial need receive a $4,000 scholarship in addition to any Redlands Achievement Scholarship she/he may have already received.
During their junior year, Hunsaker Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in an expenses-paid networking trip to a major metropolitan city where they'll meet with alumni leaders in a variety of industries. The Hunsaker Scholars of 2015 will have the ability to influence and develop the program as the inaugural class.
Achievement Awards—up to $22,000 per year
Basis: Awarded to students who have superior academic records and have demonstrated an unusual degree of leadership and accomplishment in school or community activities.
Submission: Apply to the university and indicate on the Common Application supplement your interest in the award.
Renewal policy: Academic good standing with at least a 3.0 GPA.
Please note: Awards will be determined by information submitted at the time of application.
Art Awards—up to $3,500 per year
Basis: Departmental determination based upon slide samples of work (no portfolio, please).
Submission: Apply to the University by regular decision (Jan. 15), and indicate on the application your interest in the award. Examples of your work should be uploaded to the Art Department's SlideRoom.
Renewal policy: Academic good standing with at least a 2.5 GPA and departmental review of work; major required.
Creative Writing Awards
Creative Writing Awards—up to $3,500 per year
Basis: Awards, determined by the department, are based upon one of the following: Five poems; two short stories; a chapter from a novel; two personal essays; and/or three examples of literary journalism: reviews of books, movies, music, etc.
Submission: Apply to the University by regular decision (Jan. 15), indicate on the application your interest in the award and include writing samples of your work.
Renewal policy: Academic good standing with at least a 2.5 GPA; major required.
Music Awards—up to $10,000 per year
Basis: Departmental determination based upon auditions for those living within 200 miles or tapes beyond 200 miles; separate music application required. Call School of Music at (909) 748-8014.
For more information on applying to and auditioning for the School of Music, please see their Music Admissions page.
Submission: Music awards are offered as a result of auditions or the evaluation of tapes. Although offered on a "rolling" basis, music candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible, as well as contact the School of Music for an audition or submission of tape. Please indicate on the application your interest in the music award.
Renewal policy: Academic good standing with at least a 3.0 GPA with requirement of private music study and participation in major conducted ensemble.
Theatre Awards—up to $3,500 per year
Basis: Awards, determined by the department, are based upon review of the student's University admission essay and theatre résumé. Optional: Students interested in performance may submit an audition DVD that illustrates performance work (maximum 3 minutes, no in-person auditions). Students interested in design and production may submit a portfolio in the form of annotated slide samples (that indicate student's role in realizing the work).
Submission: Apply to the University by regular decision (Jan. 15), indicate on the application your interest in the award, include a résumé that documents the breadth and depth of your experience in theatre and (optional) slide samples of production work or performance DVD, if you choose to do so.
Renewal policy: Academic good standing with at least a 2.5 GPA and department review of work; major required.