Program to initially to provide for 6 winners

NEW YORK — NYU and arts patron Alberto Vilar will announce today the creation of a $23.4 million international academic scholarship program in the performing arts to begin in fall 2002.

Modeled on Oxford’s Rhodes Scholarship Trust, the Alberto Vilar Global Fellows Program will initially grant six successful applicants two years of room, board and enrollment in an NYU Master of Arts, Fine Arts or Music degree program.

“There can be no more fitting home for this program than this city and this university,” said NYU president L. Jay Oliva. “New York is the place where talent comes when it wants to be in the company of the best, and NYU has long been known as a place that trains and cultivates this talent.”

The annual number of fellows is expected to increase to 20 by 2005, by which time all international regions will be represented (with Asia and South and Central America added in 2003 and Africa and the Middle East in ’04).

Undergraduate or conservatory degree-holders are invited to apply in any one of the following categories: acting, dance, directing/design, instrumental performance, musical composition, vocal performance, writing or cross-disciplinary performance.

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