2021 Medici Scholars

The Medici Scholars Program is funded by generous gifts to the College of Fine Arts from members of the Medici Circle to support talented young artists and scholars who show outstanding academic and artistic potential in their areas of study. The program provides students with a $1000 award to pursue an educational summer project. For most students, these opportunities are outside their financial ability. The award makes these valuable summer intensives possible!

The program also creates opportunities for interaction between students and the community of arts patrons –distinctive point of difference for our donors and our students. Each of our four Schools select their Medici Scholar award recipients.

Medici Scholar funds are awarded at the end of spring semester. The entire application process is completed online and requires approval of a faculty mentor. The award process is competitive and funds are limited. The 2021 application deadline is 11:59 p.m., Monday, April 12. The portal will close at this time – no exceptions.

Note – The process allows the student to resubmit a revised application if the faculty mentor declines and suggests improvements in the application. It is in a student’s best interest to allow time for review, feedback, and resubmission. We recommend submittal by Monday, April 5 – OR, working with the faculty mentor before submitting – to ensure that the proposal will be accepted.

Project Guidelines

  • Submit a project that would further training/education in your discipline.
  • Due to the present circumstances, the project should not involve travel and does involve social distancing. If you have any questions about your project, please contact your faculty mentor.

Examples of projects the Medici Scholars program will NOT support

  • UA tuition, fees, books, supplies or other UA-related expenses.
  • Private lessons or study with a UA faculty member.
  • Purchase of supplies or instruments needed for normal course work.
  • Anything related to job searches (i.e., head shots, resumes, travel for interviews, etc.).

Other qualifications and requirements

  • To qualify for this program you must be applying for a qualifying summer project, and be a student returning for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters.
  • Medici Scholar awards are funded by gifts from members of the Medici Circle who choose to support a student in their areas of interest. Communication with the donor about the progress of your project is a critical and required component of this program.
  • All applications must be approved electronically by a faculty mentor before they will be submitted to your School scholarship or administrative office.
  • Any later changes to a student’s approved project must be submitted in writing to the Scholarship office of your School to authorize the change.
  • Students must pay all encumbrances (i.e., fees, fines, etc.) to the UA before receiving the award money. There will be two (2) opportunities to present a cleared account: May 7, 2021, or May 14, 2021, or award will be forfeited.
  • Note – It is strongly recommended that students apply for, and include information about, a second summer program option if not yet accepted to the chosen project at the time of application. This should be incorporated into a single application as an alternate project pending acceptance to the program(s).

Online Application Process

  • Your entire project will be submitted via the CFA Console. The application requires your acceptance of a number of conditions of the award, and the upload of three required documents:
    • Project Description
    • Detailed project budget estimate
    • Resume
  • You will receive an email confirmation, which you should save.
  • Application will be sent electronically to faculty mentor for review and approval – or, denial with feedback to allow for improvement and resubmittal of the application. As noted above, it is recommended that the student:
    • a) work with the faculty mentor before submitting the application
    • b) submit a week or more before the deadline to allow time to revise and resubmit if needed
  • Students must submit completed application online by 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2021. The portal will close at this time – no exceptions.
  • Decisions expected by April 30.
  • Award recipients must attend a MANDATORY brief orientation meeting on May 6 (Reading Day).

Terms/Conditions for Medici Scholar Awards

Medici Scholars must agree to specific terms in order to receive an award. The online application requires the student’s commitment to each of the terms and conditions listed below.

If you have any questions please contact the Development Office:

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These will appear on both the online application and on the printed agreement each awardee must sign. Agreement to every condition is mandatory in accepting a Medici Scholar Award.

  • I understand that the process of releasing the award will begin after I submit my signed Agreement Form and original thank you letter to the Development staff at the mandatory orientation on May 6, 2021 (Reading Day).
  • I will pay all encumbrances (i.e., fees, fines, etc.) to the UA before receiving the award money. I understand that I have two (2) opportunities to present a cleared account: May 7, 2021 or May 14, 2021, or my award will be forfeited.
  • I will write a personal thank you to the donor and submit the original to the Development staff at the mandatory orientation on May 6, 2021. I understand that my award money will not be released until the Development Office receives this letter. (NOTE: The Development Office will mail the letter to the donor.)
  • I will use the money only for the project described. Any changes in the project must be submitted in writing to and approved by the Scholarship Committee or Director of my School.
  • During the fall semester I will send a second letter directly to my donor describing my summer experience and submit a copy to the Development Office (Music Bldg, Room 113). (NOTE: Failure to file a report may cause applicant to be ineligible for future Medici Scholar awards.)
  • I will attend a Medici Scholars/Donors lunch in the Fall of 2021 to meet with my donor. I agree to give a brief presentation about my project at the lunch.
  • I will invite my donor to at least one performance, exhibition, class or behind-the-scenes opportunity that I will be involved with during 2021-2022.
  • I understand I may be asked to perform or present at a Medici Circle event during the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • I will not contact my donor directly for special requests, for example to increase my award value or to support other causes I am interested in or involved in.
  • I understand that all communication regarding the Medici Scholar application, selection, and award process will be made through my official university email. It is my responsibility to check that email regularly.
  • I give my permission to the College of Fine Arts to publicize my name or photo as a recipient of this award, and as appropriate, to share my name and contact information with the donor who funded this award.
  • I grant permission to the Arizona Board of Regents, on behalf of the University of Arizona, to use photographs of me on University websites or other electronic media without notifying me. I waive my right to inspect or approve of photographs of me used now and in the future and I waive rights to any compensation or royalties from or related to the use of the photographs.

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