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Philip Seymour Hoffman Scholarship at at NYU’s Tisch School

Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor who was known for his distinctive supporting and character roles—typically lowlifes, eccentrics, underdogs, and misfits. He featured in many films and theatrical productions, including leading roles, from the early 1990s to 2014 when he died.



In honour of Late Philip Seymour Hoffman, NYU Tisch School of the Arts which is his alma mater has established a scholarship scheme to support Tisch drama students who demonstrate financial need, academic merit and artistic talent.



James Declan Tobin, an Irish producer, while donating the initial $50,000 funding for the scholarship noted that Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of the greatest actors of our generation. Tobin was inspired by spending time with the Hoffman family. He added that “this scholarship will inspire Tisch Drama students to follow Hoffman’s enchanted ways on both the screen and the stage, embodying those moments that are so truthfully evocative of the human experience, and give them the opportunity to thrive”. He further maintained that “Phil was beloved by his peers and his fans and he often expressed gratitude and love to those around him. With this scholarship, I hope to continue Phil’s legacy of warmth and generosity by creating pathways for Tisch Drama students to reach similar heights”.

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Reuben Polendo, the Chairman of the Department of Drama at Tisch School of the Arts, said that “Philip Seymour Hoffman embodies everything we aim to instill in our graduates: versatility, generosity, and a profound ability to plumb the depths of the human heart with grace and talent,” He added that “We are grateful that Tisch Drama students will have this scholarship support to help them follow Philip Seymour Hoffman’s inspiring artistic legacy while carving out their own space as actors and artists.”

Host Institution

New York University Tisch School of The Arts, New York City, New York.

Eligible Courses and Programmes for Philip Seymour Hoffman Scholarship

Drama and Arts undergraduate programmes offered at NYU Tisch School of The Arts.

Scholarship Benefits

No specific benefit has been made known as the university says that the scholarship will be awarded to students once it reaches its endowment goal.

Eligibility Requirements

It is settled that to be eligible for Philip Seymour Hoffman Scholarship, you must first be a student of NYU Tisch School of The Arts. In addition to that, you must demonstrate financial need, academic merit and artistic talent.

Application Instructions

The University will in due time publish the application instructions and selection process.

Application Deadline

No specific deadline is fixed. All important information including the deadline will published in due time.

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