The Creative and Performing Arts (CaPA) Scholars Program is a lifeline for artists throughout Lafayette’s campus and beyond. CaPA scholars are just like you. Creative. Passionate. Maybe they don’t see themselves as artists—some CaPA scholars major in economics, engineering, or science. But every year, eight to 10 students join this powerful program to help change the College’s artistic landscape.

What is the CaPA Scholars Program?

It’s not a prize. It’s an agreement.

Each CaPA scholar works with an adviser who is a professional in that student’s discipline to contribute to the Lafayette community. Over the years, CaPA scholars have tackled diverse issues, including social justice, gender, and race. Their work has inspired action and conversation across campus. CaPA also sponsors campus-wide events and brings visiting artists to campus to share their work and experiences.

Made possible through generous support from Bruce Maggin ’65, CaPA challenges students to commit to their creative development and bring cultural experiences to the Lafayette College community. CaPA scholars receive $7,500 over four years to develop their own projects—from concept through execution—that use the arts as a vehicle for igniting dialogue on Lafayette’s campus.

CaPA funds provide its scholars with the tools they need to produce their creative work.  Some students use CaPA funds for music lessons or instruments; others invest in equipment, like cameras, costumes, or dance shoes.  Still others use CaPA funds to travel to workshops, exhibitions, performances, or symposia that contribute to their artistic development.

CaPA scholars play in jazz combos, perform in theater and music productions, create visual art exhibited throughout the campus, and contribute to the student radio station, newspaper, and other clubs and organizations. They’re also part of arts festivals, local exhibitions, and volunteer at nonprofits that work with people of all ages.

If you are interested, please apply.