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Irwin Blitt Fellowship

The Irwin Blitt Fellowship is awarded annually to a Washburn University student who works with the Rita Blitt Legacy Collection during the academic year to research and develop a curatorial project under the guidance of museum staff and a faculty mentor. The student curates an exhibition, creates an interactive multi-media project, presents a choreographed dance performance or musical composition, or completes a research paper or catalogue. Read about previous Irwin Blitt Fellows.

The fellowship was created by artist Rita Blitt, h ’19, in honor of her husband upon his passing. Three Blitt Fellowships have been awarded to date and additional donations are needed to keep the fellowship open for future student participation. The student fellow receives a stipend of $5,000 for the academic year, as well as funding for supplies, and the faculty mentor receives a $500 stipend.

The Rita Blitt Legacy Collection at the Mulvane Art Museum offers exponential opportunities for students to engage with Rita Blitt's work to create exhibitions, performances, compositions and interpretive programs that enable us all to explore art, music, dance and life.

Highest Number of Gifts
Gifts of any size matter, and they all add up to make a major difference at Washburn University. These projects or funds have the highest number of gifts making an impact today!
Rank Prize Fund Designation Gifts
1 $1,500 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 88
2 $1,250 Mass Media Program Enhancements 71
3 $1,000 Ichabods Moving Forward 60
4 $750 LinC Bonner Scholars 56
5 $500 Project Non Nobis Solum 54
Highest Dollar Total
Your generosity shapes Washburn University's future and the opportunities available to students. Thank you for giving to these projects and departments!
Rank Prize Fund Designation Raised
1 $1,500 Saying Yes - Business Dean's Fund $15,200.00
2 $1,250 School of Law Dean's Fund for Excellence $7,055.00
3 $1,000 School of Business General Scholarship Fund $6,830.00
4 $750 Tennis $5,600.00
5 $500 Diverse Elementary Teacher Initiative $4,685.00
Irwin Blitt Fellowship Match
Jeanie Schuler will match dollar-for-dollar up to $1,500 toward the Irwin Blitt Fellowship project.
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