There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

Most people agree that the musical Hamilton, a story about a founding father who changed the face of history, has changed the face of theater forever. The Wesleyan Hamilton Prize for Creativity, established to honor two Wesleyan alumni (Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer/star of the Broadway hit and Thomas Kail, the director) will change the life of one lucky incoming freshman. The scholarship is awarded to the student whose creative submission best reflects the strength of ideas and passion that are reflected in Hamilton.

Scholarship: The Wesleyan Hamilton Prize for Creativity

Awarding Organization: Wesleyan University

Amount: 4 year, full tuition scholarship

Number of Scholarships Awarded: 1

Eligible Students: all incoming first-year students

Eligible College(s): Wesleyan University

How to Apply: Students must complete the Wesleyan University’s admissions application. Additionally, they must submit a creative, original work (short fiction, poetry, slam poetry, screen play, etc.) for consideration. For more information and details on how to apply, see

Deadline: January 1st


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.


Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. Visit our website to learn more about Robyn Stewart.