Since 2005, Moore has awarded Visionary Honors Scholarships with the goal of increasing opportunity and access to high-quality visual arts education to a broad and diverse array of talented women, many of whom may not have otherwise had the ability to pursue careers in art and design.

Over 300 Moore students have benefited from this scholarship.

Moore developed the Visionary Honors Program in 2014, which includes a $25,000 annual scholarship for first-year students and for transfer students, along with four years of comprehensive training. A Visionary Honors Scholarship is our most competitive scholarship and supplants all other Moore merit scholarships.

Hear from VHP Scholars

Ari Flynn '21 Student

"The really amazing thing is that [this] is not just a scholarship—it’s a program. It’s a program that you’re involved in from the minute you’re accepted into the school, for the rest of your life after graduation. It’s something you continue to be a part of.”

Ashley Adams ’20 Student | Interior Design

“The Visionary Honors Program has opened my eyes to what leadership could mean. It makes me want to push myself. Before I came to school, I wasn’t sure about what I wanted for my career, but [now] I am super excited to graduate.”

Criteria for VHP Qualification

First-year students with a minimum 3.7 weighted GPA (3.7 GPA for transfer students) and a strong portfolio are automatically nominated for the program upon application to Moore. SAT and ACT scores are optional. Students who meet our criteria will be asked to submit an essay for consideration of acceptance into the program, which comes with a scholarship of $25,000 per year for first-year students and for transfer students.

Students must maintain a GPA requirement of 3.0 throughout their time at Moore in order to keep their placement in the program.

Pursue Your Path
Students accepted into the Visionary Honors Program (VHP) can pursue either a Leadership Path or an Academic Path for their four years of training. Each path is designed to support students in achieving their career goals, developing as leaders and gifted academics, and pursuing their professional dreams.


The Leadership Path has been developed for ambitious and reflective students who are interested in leadership, service and experiential opportunities as a means of supplementing their academic curriculum. Students will learn how to better understand themselves as emerging leaders and how to better engage and connect with their peers.

The Leadership Path also provides occasions for networking with people in various artistic and creative fields. Each student will learn a suite of generalized skills that will be useful for future success, as well as an individualized experience tailored to career goals, personality and artistic style. Leadership Path students liaise with staff from Moore’s Student Affairs department.

  • As a VHP scholar in the Leadership Path, you will:
  • Explore and challenge your understanding of yourself and others to develop exemplary leadership skills
  • Complete volunteer, internship or freelance work with an organization relevant to your career goals
  • Take professional development workshops on topics such as budgeting, time management and working with others
  • Create your own workshop and present at Moore’s annual Visionary Leadership Conference
  • Meet accomplished artists and designers working their fields at Moore’s annual Visionary Woman Awards gala

The Academic Path has been developed for passionate and scholarly students who are committed to academic success and artistic excellence during their time at Moore and beyond. Through a sequence of Honors seminars and studios, students will receive a unique learning experience of classroom as colloquium—a space for broad-ranging discussions and immersive engagement with peers and faculty—and will have opportunities to dive deeper into areas of study, including interdisciplinary learning that extends beyond the traditional curriculum.

The Academic Path provides opportunities to work closely with faculty, to conduct independent and collaborative research, and to meet visiting artists and scholars. Academic Path students liaise with staff from Moore’s Academic Affairs department.

As a VHP scholar in the Academic Path, you will:

  • Work closely with Honors Faculty Mentors
  • Meet visiting artists and scholars at co-curricular events and lectures, as a member of the Academic Dean’s Honors Forum
  • Participate in Art History and Creative & Critical Studies Honors seminars
  • Conduct interdisciplinary research and study in a culminating thesis seminar and thesis colloquium
  • Meet accomplished artists and designers at Moore’s annual Visionary Woman Awards gala


For more information on the Visionary Honors Program and to discuss if you qualify, please contact the Admissions office at or 215.965.4015.