Wesleyan University announced its plans to establish a scholarship in honor of its Tony winning alumni, Hamilton writers and creators Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail. The Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity recognizes the school’s alumni – Miranda graduated in 2002 and Kail in 1999 – for their achievements.
Miranda described his reaction as, “truly thrilled,” and added, “I got my shot at Broadway thanks to the start I had as an artist in this environment, and I hope this prize will help other young writers get their start”. Kail was “delighted that Wesleyan is recognizing and and encouraging young people to persevere as writers.”
Incoming students can enter the scholarship contest by submitting a creative work be it: “fiction, poetry, lyrics, play, script, nonfiction or other expression.” Miranda and Kail will serve as honorary chairs on the judging committee that will examine the works for “originality, artistry, and dynamism”. The first scholarship will be awarded to the entering class of 2021.