Medici Circle

Ignite a passion that lasts a lifetime.

Your generous gift, of $2,000 or more, to the Medici Circle Scholarship Program will open doors that would otherwise be out of reach for remarkable students.

Medici Scholars take their education beyond the classroom to collaborate with academics and artists in our community and around the world. 

2020 update: This year, we are responding to the evolving public health situation by temporarily adjusting the international scope of this program. Accordingly, all travel will be excluded from the 2020 scholarship awards. Instead, we are asking students to adjust their applications to address local or remote project-specific needs. 

Scholars in Art, Dance, Drama, and Music, rely on scholarships like the Medici Circle awards to support their academic growth and to broaden their creative development. Medici Scholarships are competitive and provide deserving young artists and scholars the opportunity to focus on a specific project with the support of a patron and a mentor.

Medici Faculty Mentors are assigned to oversee each project, to ensure that students enjoy the best possible experience and achieve an excellent outcome. Medici Circle Patrons open doors for a specific talented student and their project, and will help them reach their creative professional goals.


A scholarship program unlike any other

As a Medici Circle patron, you will have the exclusive opportunity to:

  • Select your preference for an art, dance, drama, or music student;*
  • Interact with your scholar; and
  • Attend the annual scholarship celebration

Contributions to The Medici Scholarship program will:

  • Support individual or ensemble student projects that creatively participate in digital platforms.
  • Fund research or creative projects that focus on diversifying audiences or fostering inclusivity.
  • Provide financial support for project-specific educational opportunities. 

“Supporting the Medici program is an important part of my annual giving because of the impact you can create in someone’s life through a single scholarship. The program gives students the chance to pursue projects they would not normally do during the academic year and bring that knowledge and experience back to the campus. I marvel at how much art can be created in the world by our students through their Medici projects.” – Susan Hori.

*Please indicate your preference in the comments section of the online gift form.

Click here to make your gift of $2,000 or more. To make a gift by mail, please download and complete this form and return it to the address listed on the form.

If you have any questions about becoming a Medici Circle Patron, please contact Sarah Strozza, Director of Development, at (949) 824-0629 or sstrozza@uci.edu.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you to the 2020 circle of Medici.

Check out pictures of past Medici scholars and patrons.