Kenan Excellence Scholarship

The Kenan Excellence Scholarship program was established at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in 2005 by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and later endowed by the Trust in 2011 with a $6 million grant, the largest one-time private gift in the school’s history. The most prestigious scholarship program at the UNCSA, the Kenan Excellence Scholarship (KES) provides full tuition, fees, and room and board for three incoming students each year.

Program Criteria

The dean of each of the five arts schools nominates a select list of excellent candidates for the KES each Spring term from among their best new admittees to the university. The KES Selection Committee reviews each nomination, considering criteria that include each student’s ability in the given arts discipline, capacity to lead and motivate, extracurricular achievement, grade point average, and standardized test scores. The committee then establishes a list of semifinalists who are interviewed for selection as finalists. Awards are then made to the students judged to have the best potential as artist-scholars, regardless of the program in which they enroll or the state of residence.

2017-2018 Kenan Excellence Scholars

Freshman class:

  • Josephine Greenwald of Scottsdale, Arizona, Music
  • Kelly Simpson of Anchorage, Alaska, Filmmaking
  • Sylvani Starchild St. Clair of Eugene, Oregon, Dance

Sophomore class:

  • Raunak Kapoor of Noida, India, Filmmaking
  • Bryce Richardson of Greenville, South Carolina, Music
  • Sean Stack of Miami, Florida, Drama

Junior Class:

  • Carly Anders of Eldersburg, Maryland, Design & Production
  • Cricket Brown of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Drama

Senior Class:

  • Sara Lozo of Norcross, Georgia, Design & Production
  • Hassiem Muhammad of Cayce, South Carolina, Drama
  • Hannah Myers of Cincinnati, Ohio, Drama
  • Henry Wilen of Palo Alto, California, Design & Production
Kenan Excellence Scholars Liaison
Erin Edge
Phone: 336-726-6940
Fax: 336-770-3367

Campus Program Oversight
David English, Provost
Phone: 336-770-3262
Fax: 336-770-3367