After bringing NYC high schoolers into the room where it happens, "Hamilton" is now making waves in higher education.
Wesleyan University has created a four-year, full tuition scholarship in honor of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail, the creator and director of the Broadway musical, "Hamilton."
The Hamilton Prize for Creativity will be awarded to one incoming student of the class of 2021 whose submitted work of creative writing best reflects "originality, artistry and dynamism," according to the university's newsletter.
Miranda and Kail, who are both alumni of the university, will serve on the panel of Wesleyan alumni and faculty who will select the winner of the prize. Full details about the eligibility criteria will be released later this summer.
Earlier today, Michael S. Roth, the president of Wesleyan University, announced the prize onThe Huffington Post. "We've created the 'Hamilton Prize' to reflect our commitment to educating young people with the potential to revitalize our economy, animate our citizenry and energize a culture characterized by connectivity and creativity," he wrote.
Miranda shared the news on his Twitter account, set to the tune of "My Shot" from the show:
I'M A GET A SCHOLARSHIP IN HAM'S NAME— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 15, 2016
I PROBLY SHOULDNT BRAG BUT DAG WES IS CHANGIN THE GAME
(OVERWHELMED by this) https://t.co/o1WtHG4asm
The prize is just the latest way the musical has made history. Last Sunday, "Hamilton" racked up 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and wins for both Miranda (Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical) and Kail (Best Direction of a Musical).