The First Wave Urban Arts Scholarship Program is the first university program in the country centered on urban arts, spoken word, and hip-hop culture. This full-tuition, four-year scholarship program enables students to develop their craft as part of a high-level artistic community. Students work with faculty, staff, and renowned spoken word and hip-hop artists. They pursue their academic and career goals by studying fields that merge their artistic interests with professional development. First Wave scholars engage the community in creative service-learning projects that combine multicultural arts and activism. They showcase their talents around the campus, city, nation, and globe as part of the First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble.