The Paul Grand and Sunitha Menon Rowan University Creative Inquiry Scholarships

  • Fall 2020 Creative Inquiry Scholars

The Paul Grand and Sunitha Menon Rowan University Creative Inquiry Scholarships

The Paul Grand and Sunitha Menon Rowan University Creative Inquiry Scholarships


Creative Inquiry Scholarships are fostering the next generation of creative achievers, visionaries, and leaders. Creative Inquiry Scholars are interested in approaching creative endeavors from collaborative, entrepreneurial, and applied perspectives, with a focus on social justice and an expansion of the “traditional” art audience. In a world where it is often claimed that we can’t anticipate what many of the jobs and careers of the future will be, Creative Inquiry Scholars will bring their unique, enduring perspective to our ever-changing global economy.

The range for these expressions of creative inquiry is limitless. They could include, but are not limited to:

  • traditional studio arts, such as painting, ceramics, photograph, jewelry
  • radio, television and film creation
  • creative writing, including all traditional (poetry, short story, novel) and non-traditional genres, such as graphic novels and video games
  • website development
  • memes and gifs
  • mashups
  • YouTube channels
  • Student/community organizing of art in public/unconventional spaces
  • other public expressions of creative intent whether murals, performances or lawn art installations

In addition to a $1,000 per semester ($2,000/year) scholarship renewable up to four years, Creative Inquiry Scholars will receive:

  • Registration priority for courses in The Institute of Innovative Media, Materials & Design (IMMaD).
  • Study away/abroad expenses for IMMaD courses
  • Up to $1,000 for professional learning experiences (travel to conferences, workshops, seminars, retreats, etc.).
  • Professional networking opportunities, which involve pop-up internships, participating in networking opportunities, and meeting with professionals to gain experience with positions in the creative economy.
  • The opportunity to lead team-focused grants that further the creative economy in and around the University, especially in Glassboro.
  • The opportunity to participate in a tour of the home of the donors who created this program and their collection of photographic art. 

Application deadline: October 26,2020. Read more or apply now


A potential Creative Inquiry Scholar must:  

  • Be accepted to Rowan University as a matriculated student. 
  • If required, fulfill any additional requirements for a particular major, such as the portfolio requirement for Studio Art or Biomedical Art & Visualization. 
  • Interview with the Creative Inquiry Selection Committee, which may be made up of faculty, students, and/or alumni. 


Successful Creative Inquiry candidates are eligible for renewal for up to four years for incoming freshmen or a set number of years based on entering earned credits for those who transfer into the program. Students must remain in good standing at Rowan University and in the program to receive ongoing benefits.


The Scholarship is open to students majoring in Art, Radio/TV/Film, Writing Arts, and the Performing Arts.  Students in other majors with compelling accomplishments in the arts/creative economy will be considered on a case by case basis.


  1. Student Creative Inquiry Scholarship Application - For students. Applications should be submitted to by Monday, October 26, 2020 by midnight.
  2. Faculty / Department Student Nomination - For faculty who wish to nominate a student for consideration, nominations be submitted to by Monday, October 26, 2020 by midnight.