The Arts Merit Scholarship competition follows the regular admissions process. Be sure to plan ahead so that you'll have ample time to prepare your materials or performances.

Apply for Admission to Bucknell

Apply for admission to Bucknell using the Common Application by January 15 of your senior year (or November15 for ED 1 applicants).

Submit Creative Samples

Students who wish to apply for the Arts Merit Scholarship program should use SlideRoom. In order to use SlideRoom, you must know your Common Application ID and the email address you used to create your Common Application account. Arts Merit Scholarship deadline is January 15 of your senior year (or November 15 for ED 1 applicants).

  • Art or Art History
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Film/Media Studies
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Theatre

Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for Bucknell need-based financial aid, complete the CSS PROFILE by January 15 of your Senior year (or November 15 for ED1 applicants).  Visit for more information.

Compete on Campus

The Arts Merit Scholarship Committee will evaluate materials and notify candidates of their status by February. Finalists will be invited to campus for a February weekend event that begins on Friday night with a welcome reception and dinner. Saturday activities vary by department but may include an interview with faculty members, an audition or review of creative materials and lunch with faculty, staff and students.

  • Finalists must participate in on-campus selection programs to be eligible for a merit award.
  • Scholarships awardees will be notified after the on-campus selection process by late March.

If you do not receive an invitation to compete on campus or an arts merit scholarship offer, you will still be considered for admission to Bucknell, possibly for other merit scholarships, and for need-based aid if you applied for it.


If you have any questions regarding the Arts Merit Scholarship program, please email or call 570-577-3000.



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