- What is the Weisman Award?
The Weisman Award is designed to help students fund the completion of a project they have started. Recipients will receive a flat fee of $2,000 paid out during the course of the semester. The first is paid in the spring of the award year, the second in August (pending completion of project).
- Do I need to submit project receipts?
No. Receipts are no longer required.
- How will I receive my award?
Your award will be paid through the college as taxable income. During the award period, recipients will receive information about saving receipts and submitting them for their personal tax exemptions.
- When can I apply?
The Weisman Award is available to a wide range of disciplines, some of which need to complete their project during the Spring Semester. The award is a on a yearly cycle with applications opening in late November, closing in January, and winners announced in January/February.
- Who is eligible for the Weisman Award?
To be considered, undergraduate Columbia students must:
- Have 60 or more credit hours completed by the time the application is reviewed (i.e end of the semester for which the application is due).
- Be a current a part-time or full-time student (minimum 6 credit hours) in the semester in which you apply for the award (Fall) and in the semester in which you receive the award (Spring).
- Graduate students must be enrolled in classes in the semester in which you receive the award (Spring).
- I'm graduating before I will finish my project; can I apply?
Yes; many Weisman Scholars receive their awards in the Spring semester, graduate, and complete their projects in the summer in time for the deadline and the exhibition in the fall.
- I'm a recent alumni; can I apply?
No; you must be a current student to receive a Weisman Award.
- What kind of projects generally receive funding?
The Weisman Award committee is open to supporting a variety of artists in a host of disciplines. There is no specific project we seek to fund, but rather, projects that show a sense of vision, clarity of purpose, potential of artistic and professional growth and practicality and accuracy of timeline and budget.
- How can I make my project stand out?
A standout application has a well-crafted artist statement that provides a clear vision for the judges of what you plan to accomplish. What makes the Weisman Award unique is that it looks not only at the project in relationship to your career, but to the plans you have for the project after completion.
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