Medici Circle

Ignite a passion that lasts a lifetime.

Sponsor a Student

Your generous gift, of $2,000 or more, to the Medici Circle 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. 

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

  • 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. 

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.

“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.

View the 2022 Impact Report

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

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you to the Medici Circle.

Medici Scholar Stories:

Jan. 17, 2023: Living the Dream

Oct. 11, 2022: Arts Advocates: Dr. Steven M. Sorenson

July 13, 2021: UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Names Ten New Medici Scholars

June 23, 2021: A Natural Artist

Feb. 3, 2021: Practice Makes Perfect

Dec. 12, 2020: Arts Advocates: Janice F. Smith

Feb. 26, 2020: Shining a Light on Future Artists

July 20, 2020: Artist for the Future


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  • Fatima Rizvi-Flores 
    Associate Director of Development
    (949) 824-8750