Arts Scholarships

We're delighted to announce that we're now accepting applications for our Arts Scholars for the academic year 2019/20. These prestigious awards will be offered to students who demonstrate ability, passion and commitment within a particular art form; and who would benefit from support enabling them to develop their skills and knowledge in that area. Scholarships are available in creative writing/spoken word, the performing arts, or any any medium (paint, photography, sound, the digital, etc). 

Scholars will be expected to contribute to the creative life of the university through delivering and participating in events showcasing the best of our student talent. For more information or to apply please click here to download the application (download will begin automatically). The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 14th October 2019. For our music scholarships, please see the dedicated Music Scholarship page

As the ambition of the scholarships is to support extra-curricular activity, scholarships are not open to students whose degree directly relates to the artform in which the scholarship is offered. If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible, please email for clarification. The Creative Writing/Spoken Word scholarship is open to students studying English but not those studying for an MA in Creative Writing.

Our 2018/19 Scholars are:

Ada Ughanwa - Creative writing/Spoken word

Ada has enjoyed creative writing ever since she was in year 11, after discovering her way with words when she wrote short stories in English. Her love for spoken word only stemmed when she attended the Victory Youth Group as, she was involved in a lot of activities which involved creating spoken word pieces or poems. She still attends the youth group as it has really benefited her and still benefits her. While at Loughborough University she attended one of the Speech Bubble events in her first year which she really enjoyed. For Ada, going to Speech Bubble was a huge step out of her comfort zone as, it was her first time performing in front of audience. Since then Ada has performed at the Round House and Wandsworth Council Chambers. She also took part in a master class with Joelle Taylor and Travis Alabanza over the summer. This year she attended the creative writing workshop whereby her writing skills were enhanced. This year she has been awarded with the Creative Writing/Spoken Word scholarship to enhance her creative writing skills.

Michael Asolo - Creative writing/Spoken word

Michael, having begun performing spoken word in 2018, has shown a flare for creative writing, poetry and their applications in campus life and beyond. With his undergraduate study in Chemical Engineering and dedication to development in expressive endeavours under the tutelage of Loughborough creative writing and spoken word scholarship, he hopes to become the epitome of a well-rounded Loughborough ambassador.

Aidan Kilby - Performing arts (dance)

Aidan has always been interested in performing and has been involved in productions in school and professional theatres since an early age. After playing Billy Elliot in a touring production, aged 10, he gave up his swimming and rugby clubs in order to focus more on dance and achieved vocational grades in ballet, tap and modern as well as acting and public speaking. Since secondary school, Aidan's passion has always been to encourage male dance, having been aware of negative perceptions and the resulting stigma at times in his school-life. Aidan is keen to challenge perceptions of male dance and ballet by merging genres and opening up access to all.

Whilst at Loughborough University, Aidan has enjoyed dancing with the LSDC in a number of their groups and has taken part in many pefrormances. Now in his second year, he wants to focus on encouraging more outside dance groups and teachers to work with the LSDC, which will hopefully widen its appeal and increasing the number of students who participate in dance.


To find out about some of our previous winners, watch this video:


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