What is a CaPA Fellowship?
The Creative and Performing Arts (CaPA) Fellowship program provides up to $7,500 to admitted students with a record of achievement in creative and performing arts. The funds are for students to pursue and develop their creative abilities. CaPA Fellows are selected by a committee of Lafayette faculty. Funds awarded are in addition to any financial aid students may receive from the College and will not be considered in determining the amount of aid a student receives. Those interested should apply at the same time as they apply for admission to the College. The Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship program was created through the generosity of Bruce ’65 and Jackie P ’02 Maggin.
Apply for a Fellowship
Students applying to the College for a place in the first-year class may apply for a Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship at the same time but through a separate process. The recipients are selected by a committee of Lafayette faculty in the arts and humanities. It is expected that about 10 fellowships will be awarded each year. The CaPA Fellowship is in addition to any financial aid the College may award and is not applied to a student’s billed expenses (tuition, room, board, and fees).
Meet the Director
Jim Toia, director of the Community-Based Teaching program in the Department of Art, is the program’s founding coordinator. He works closely with fellowship recipients, providing consultation and guidance for their creative endeavors.
A sculptor whose work has appeared in more than 85 solo exhibitions and group shows around the world, Toia has taught a variety of studio art courses at the College. He played a key role in developing the Community-Based Teaching program—in which Lafayette faculty, honors students in art, and visiting professional artists work with area high school and adult art students—and has served as director since its founding in 2001. He holds an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts and a B.A. from Bard College.
“Jim helps recruit talented students and fosters connections between the selected students and faculty mentors in the creative and performing arts. His broad interest in the arts and ability to connect meaningfully with high school students make him especially well-suited to coordinate the program,” says Wendy Hill, provost and dean of the faculty.