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Scholarships for Music Majors

Scholarships for Music Majors

Below is a list of Scholarships for students interested in pursuing a future in Music. When applying for any scholarship it is important to do the following:

  • Check scholarship deadlines carefully. Make sure your application arrives before the deadline.

  • Be sure to include all of the information requested. You will be considered based on the thoroughness of your application.

  • Note that while some of these are small scholarships, several small scholarships can add up to a significant chunk of tuition costs.

 

Marine Band Concerto Competition

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and NAfME, announces the Marine Band Concerto Competition for high school musicians.

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School Band & Orchestra Magazine Essay Scholarship

This scholarship offers prize money to students who write an essay of 250 words or less on a music theme. 

  • Selected students win a $1,000 scholarship and music products for their school music program.
  • Public and private school students in grades 4–12 are eligible.

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Davidson Fellows

The Davidson Fellowship is open to students who can demonstrate noteworthy achievements through the creation of a “significant piece of work” aimed at improving the lives of others in several subject areas, including music. A “significant piece of work” in music would be an exemplary performance and/or another demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment.

  • Awards are granted in the amount of $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000.
  • Applicants must be under the age of 18 to be eligible for this award.

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VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Each year, outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, are recognized by the VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The Kennedy Center selects up to four winners from around the world. Applicants can apply as an instrumental or vocal soloist, or as ensembles. The competition is open to all genres. Selected musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development activities, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Any musician with a disability is eligible to apply as either a domestic applicant or an international applicant. The competition is open to soloists as well as ensembles of up to five members. For ensembles to be eligible, at least one musician must have a disability, and all members must be between the ages of 14-25.

All genres of music are accepted, including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt-rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World

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National Young Arts Foundation

YoungArts accepts applications from young artists in the categories of Classical Music, Dance, Design Arts, Film, Jazz, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice, and Writing for its national competition. Artists age 15-18 or in grades 10-12 may apply to win cash awards and scholarships and the chance to be named a U. S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

  • Individual awards of up to $10,000 are available.

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Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter of the Year Music Scholarships

These scholarships are available to members of the Tri-M® Music Honor Society, a program of NAfME. The scholarship program offers scholarship money for summer study programs to chapters that win one of three recognitions at the national level in each division: senior (high school) and junior (middle school). Scholarship money is awarded by the advisors of the winning chapters to deserving students.

  • Open only to members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
  • Winners have the chance to win up to $1,000 in scholarship funds for summer music study.

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Jazz at the Ballroom Scholarships for California/Bay Area Students

The competition is open to high school jazz instrumentalists in the California/Bay Area. Three winners will be picked by a panel of professional jazz musicians based on their submissions and awarded $1500 each to further their music studies. The competition will culminate with the winners performing alongside some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians.

The students that aren’t finalists are invited to join a database of students invited to FREE ballroom workshops. The winners’ respective schools will also receive $1000 to support the ongoing development of their music programs.

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Bay Area high school program, between the ages of 14–18

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Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge 

The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts partnering with the American Theatre Wing and in collaboration with Playbill, Inc. and Disney Theatrical Productions. The Songwriting Challenge is a national competition for high school students who have a passion for writing songs that could be part of musical theater production. This program offers six semi-finalists mentorship opportunities with professional songwriters and musicians and the opportunity to have an original song performed by those musicians. The National Champion will be awarded a scholarship of $25,000 and all six finalists will have their song published by Samuel French. 

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The Music Center’s Spotlight

Southern California High School students of ALL skill levels are encouraged to apply for FREE. Much more than a competition, Spotlight is a scholarship and arts training program, which empowers students by emphasizing preparation, courage, critical thinking and perseverance while providing an invaluable opportunity for students to hone their skills! $100,000 in cash scholarships are awarded each year to students. Personalized feedback, master classes with world-renowned artists, performing arts workshops, and more!

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The Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award

The Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, and the US territories who are at least sixteen (16) years old at the time of entry. Entrants must also be high school senior students who will be or college students who are enrolled at least half-time in a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree program or graduate program at an eligible school within one (1) year of winner notification/confirmation or parent/legal guardians of students that satisfy the above eligibility requirements.

  • Throughout the year, 12 eligible students or parents will be randomly selected to win a $5,000 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses.

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SYTA Youth Foundation “Road” Scholarship

Students planning educational travel programs but needing financial assistance can apply for a “Road” Scholarship offered by the SYTA Youth Foundation, Inc. (SYF). The SYF provides scholarships three times a year. Music directors, teachers, principals, and other youth leaders can submit nominations.

  • All Road Scholarship nominations are required to be submitted by an educator, program leader, or designated school official for students in grades K-12 and 18 years of age or younger. Please note that the SYTA Youth Foundation (SYF) will not consider nominations submitted by parents and/or guardians.
  • Awards up to $1,000 are available.

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Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship Competition

The scholarship competition is open to high school seniors from Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana who plan to pursue degrees in music (classical, jazz, or other) at an accredited four-year college with a music program recognized by the National Association of Schools of Music, or a conservatory with a widely recognized national profile such as The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, or the New England Conservatory.

  • First prize is $20,000; second prize is $12,500; and third prize is $7,500.
  • As part of the application process, students are required to submit an audition video. Semi-finalists will be invited to perform in a daylong celebration of music at Walk Festival Hall in Jackson Hole on Saturday, where they will compete for the scholarship prize money in front of GTMF’s panel of renowned judges and a live audience.

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Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship

This award is given to graduating high school seniors or first-year college students who intend to make music a central part of their future life.

  • Applicants submit audition CDs or tapes; finalists compete in Clarinda, Iowa; and 3 instrumentalists and 3 vocalists are chosen to perform at the Glenn Miller Festival. Winners receive up to $4,500.

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School Band & Orchestra Magazine Essay Scholarship

This scholarship offers prize money to students who write an essay of 250 words or less on a music theme. 

  • Selected students win a $1,000 scholarship and music products for their school music program.
  • Public and private school students in grades 4–12 are eligible.

Click here to learn more

 

Davidson Fellows

The Davidson Fellowship is open to students who can demonstrate noteworthy achievements through the creation of a “significant piece of work” aimed at improving the lives of others in several subject areas, including music. A “significant piece of work” in music would be an exemplary performance and/or another demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment.

  • Awards are granted in the amount of $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000.
  • Applicants must be under the age of 18 to be eligible for this award.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Scholarship

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation provides funds to select seniors from Cleveland and New York City public high schools who intend to study music or the business of music at the college level. Scholarships are awarded based on personal essays. The scholarships total $50,000 with the monies split evenly between Cleveland and New York. 

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VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Each year, outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, are recognized by the VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The Kennedy Center selects up to four winners from around the world. Applicants can apply as an instrumental or vocal soloist, or as ensembles. The competition is open to all genres. Selected musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development activities, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Any musician with a disability is eligible to apply as either a domestic applicant or an international applicant. The competition is open to soloists as well as ensembles of up to five members. For ensembles to be eligible, at least one musician must have a disability, and all members must be between the ages of 14-25.

All genres of music are accepted, including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt-rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World

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National YoungArts Foundation

YoungArts accepts applications from young artists in the categories of Classical Music, Dance, Design Arts, Film, Jazz, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice, and Writing for its national competition. Artists age 15-18 or in grades 10-12 may apply to win cash awards and scholarships and the chance to be named a U. S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

  • Individual awards of up to $10,000 are available.

Click here to learn more 

 

CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship Competition

This scholarship fund is operated by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and offers scholarship funds to highly motivated students who plan to attend, or are currently attending, an accredited college or university, or are pursuing a career in the performing arts.

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The Music Center’s Spotlight

Southern California High School students of ALL skill levels are encouraged to apply for FREE. Much more than a competition, Spotlight is a scholarship and arts training program, which empowers students by emphasizing preparation, courage, critical thinking and perseverance while providing an invaluable opportunity for students to hone their skills! $100,000 in cash scholarships are awarded each year to students. Personalized feedback, master classes with world-renowned artists, performing arts workshops, and more!

Click here to learn more 

 

Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition

The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA) recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz, and contemporary music. Winners of this competition will be invited to attend an all-expense paid weekend at the Music for All™ Summer Symposium, receive a once in a lifetime performance opportunity in front of thousands, national press coverage, receive a recording and photos of the live performance, and participate in workshops designed to launch a professional music career. Winners also will enjoy many of the privileges of a Yamaha Artist, including services and communication with Yamaha’s Artist Relations department.

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Big Arts Performing and Creative Arts Scholarship

BIG ARTS offers a Performing and Creative Arts Scholarship Award Program to high school seniors who are planning to study the arts or to students who are currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program. Scholarships are available to students who have professional goals to pursue visual arts, music, dance, theater, literary arts, or film. The purpose of the award program is to encourage artistic development in students.

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Lessons in Your Home Scholarship

The Lessons In Your Home Scholarship is open to prospective and enrolled college students (high school seniors who are 18 are also welcome). This scholarship can only be used for educational expenses including tuition, books, rooming, and other appropriate expenses.

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Young Artist Scholarship Auditions: St. Boniface Church (Florida)

For high school and pre-degree college students seeking a degree in music. Multiple awards are available with a grand prize of $1,000 in scholarship funds.

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Coca-Cola Scholars Program

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards a total of $3.4 million annually in achievement-based, four-year scholarships to 250 outstanding high school seniors from communities across the U.S. Students will be selected based on their leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, character, motivation to succeed, and community service.

  • 200 Regional Scholarships of $10,000 each and 50 National Scholarships of $20,000 each will be rewarded.

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The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Sponsored in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, these awards honor young people in grades 5 through 12 who have volunteered in their communities. This award program is the country’s largest volunteer recognition program for young people.

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Redfin Scholarship

The scholarship application period will occur twice yearly with awards delegated in both the Spring and Fall. The Spring application period is from November 1-January 31 of each year. The Fall application period is from May 1-July 31 of each year. Complete the following form within the designated application periods.

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SYTA Youth Foundation “Road” Scholarship

Students planning educational travel programs but needing financial assistance can apply for a “Road” Scholarship offered by the SYTA Youth Foundation, Inc. (SYF). The SYF provides scholarships three times a year. Music directors, teachers, principals, and other youth leaders can submit nominations.

  • All Road Scholarship nominations are required to be submitted by an educator, program leader, or designated school official for students in grades K-12 and 18 years of age or younger. Please note that the SYTA Youth Foundation (SYF) will not consider nominations submitted by parents and/or guardians.
  • Awards up to $1,000 are available.

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Music for All

Music for all offers several different scholarships options:

Instrumental Merit Scholarships

Instrumental Merit scholarships for members of honor ensembles are now available for eligible students enrolling in the Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, or Concert Percussion divisions of the Summer Symposium.

National Honor Ensemble Instrumental Scholarship
$200 Scholarship

For members of the national honor ensembles, including the Music for All Honor Ensembles and ensembles like the GRAMMY Jazz Band, ASTA’s National Honor Orchestra, or NAfME’s All-National Honor Ensembles. Applies to registration for the following Divisions ONLY:

  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  • Concert Immersion Track of the Percussion Division

All-State Instrumental Scholarship
$150 Scholarship

For members of All-State Band or Orchestra. Applies to registration for the following Divisions ONLY:

  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  • Concert Immersion Track of the Percussion Division

All-City/District Instrumental Scholarship
$75 Scholarship

For members of All-City or All-District Band or Orchestra. Applies to registration for the following Divisions ONLY:

  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  • Concert Immersion Track of the Percussion Division

Mark Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund – DIRECTOR SCHOLARSHIP

The Mark Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund for Educators was created in honor of Mark Williams (1955-2008) to celebrate his life and work as a great educator, composer and beloved friend. The scholarship fund benefits music educators who are interested in attending the Music for All Summer Symposium but, due to financial hardship, cannot afford to pay the tuition and fees needed to attend this annual summer music camp.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need. It is the intent of the Music for All Foundation to provide a full-tuition scholarship, plus a travel stipend up to $500, to FOUR directors interested in attending the Directors’ Academy. Only directors at Title I schools (schools with an enrolled population of 40% or more students on free and reduced lunch) will be considered. Our hope is the scholarship program will help to ensure that the Summer Symposium is financially accessible for all participants.

 

L.J. Hancock Summer Symposium Scholarships

The L.J. Hancock Summer Symposium Scholarship Fund was created in honor of L.J. Hancock (1952-2002) to celebrate his life and work as a great educator and a beloved friend. The scholarship fund benefits individual students who are interested in attending the Summer Symposium but do not have financial means or due to hardship cannot afford to pay the tuition and fees needed to apply and attend this annual summer music camp.

 

Tang Family Scholarship Fund

The Tang Family Scholarship Fund was created by Anthony and Megan Tang and is open to any student that will be attending the Music for All Summer Symposium. The scholarship selection committee will provide three full residential scholarships to high school and/or middle school students based upon an essay and director recommendation.

 

Marion County Scholarships

Music for All is providing full and partial Marion County Scholarships. The scholarship program benefits individual students in Marion County who are interested in attending the Summer Symposium, but do not have financial means or due to hardship cannot afford to pay the tuition and fees needed to apply and attend this annual summer music camp.

 

Mark Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund – COLLEGIATE SCHOLARSHIP

The Mark Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund for Educators was created in honor of Mark Williams (1955-2008) to celebrate his life and work as a great educator, composer, and a beloved friend. The scholarship fund benefits music educators who are interested in attending the Music for All Summer Symposium but, due to financial hardship, cannot afford to pay the tuition and fees needed to attend this annual summer music camp.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need. It is the intent of the Music for All Foundation to provide a full-tuition scholarship, plus a travel stipend of up to $500, to ONE collegiate interested in attending the Directors Academy. Our hope is the scholarship program will help to ensure that the Summer Symposium is financially accessible for all participants.

To learn more about Music for All Scholarships click here 

 

WGI Scholarship Program 

Since its inception, the WGI Scholarship Program has provided more than $800,000 to deserving young people.

Support for these scholarships comes from generous contributions from personal donations, corporate donations, and income from the 50/50 raffle at World Championships. Corporate scholarships awarded through this program include:

FJM, Inc. Scholarship – awarded to an outstanding student majoring in music education
FJM, Inc. Scholarship – awarded to an outstanding color guard performer
McCormick’s Scholarship – awarded to an outstanding color guard performer
Yamaha/DeLucia Scholarship – awarded to an outstanding student majoring in music education
Yamaha Music Education Scholarship – awarded to an outstanding student majoring in music education
Zildjian/Mark Thurston Scholarship – awarded to an outstanding percussion performer

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Women Band Directors International

WBDI COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS are given annually to women enrolled in a university music curriculum pursuing a degree in music education with the intention of becoming a band director.

 

There are 5 available scholarships for women instrumental music education majors who plan to become future band directors. These scholarships are: 

Gladys Stone Wright 

Ladies of the Podium 

Volkwein Memorial 

Martha Stark 

Charlotte Owen 

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BMI John Lennon Songwriting Program

This scholarship is awarded to the best original composition for vocal-instrumental performance with the broadest popular appeal.

  • Open only to current students or recent alumnus/alumna at any institution with an active NAfME Collegiate chapter. Students may enter by submitting entries to the campus Collegiate Chapter advisor.
  • The 1st place winner receives a $10,000 scholarship, and two runners-up receive a $5,000 scholarship.

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Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship

The Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship was created by Shannon’s family and friends in coordination with the National Association for Music Education to honor her exemplary life and her love of teaching music.

  • The scholarship award is open to graduating seniors at Syracuse University and the University of Florida who are receiving a degree in Music Education and who will be teaching music or pursuing an advanced degree in music after graduation.
  • The scholarship will be awarded before graduation.
  • The scholarship award is open to current members of NAfME Collegiate, who have been nominated for the NAfME Collegiate Professional Achievement Recognition. The award recipient will be chosen from this group of nominees.

Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship

 

Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship

This award is given to graduating high school seniors or first-year college students who intend to make music a central part of their future life.

  • Applicants submit audition CDs or tapes; finalists compete in Clarinda, Iowa; and 3 instrumentalists and 3 vocalists are chosen to perform at the Glenn Miller Festival. Winners receive up to $4,000.

Click here to learn more 

 

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Each year, outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, are recognized by the VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The Kennedy Center selects up to four winners from around the world. Applicants can apply as an instrumental or vocal soloist, or as ensembles. The competition is open to all genres. Selected musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development activities, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Any musician with a disability is eligible to apply as either a domestic applicant or an international applicant. The competition is open to soloists as well as ensembles of up to five members. For ensembles to be eligible, at least one musician must have a disability, and all members must be between the ages of 14-25. All genres of music are accepted, including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt-rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World

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Wilshire Quinn Musical Arts Scholarship

One scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded. Funds will be used for tuition only and paid directly to the educational institution. To qualify, applicants must be between the ages of 17–24, enrolled full-time at a U.S. university or college, and be studying music either as a major or minor. Funds will be used for tuition only and paid directly to the educational institution.

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Strings Magazine Scholarship Award

The Strings Magazine Scholarship Award is available to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program who are majoring in Music Education or Music Performance of the bowed string instruments. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic merit, and community service.

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CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship Competition

This scholarship fund is operated by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and offers scholarship funds to highly motivated students who plan to attend, or are currently attending, an accredited college or university, or are pursuing a career in the performing arts.

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Top of the Rock Peggy Gram Scholarship Fund

The Top of the Rock Peggy Gram Scholarship Fund provides scholarships specifically to women involved in Music Education or Vocal Performance Education at the secondary level to assist in the furtherance of their music education. Women who have completed at least one semester at the university level achieving at least 12 credits are eligible to apply for the scholarship to be awarded annually in the spring for the subsequent academic year.

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Big Arts Classical Music Scholarships

BIG ARTS offers a Classical Music Scholarship for those students who have professional goals to pursue training in classical music instruments, including piano. This scholarship may be awarded to up to three students annually, in the amounts of $15,000 (first prize), $10,000 (second) and $5,000 (third).

  • Eligibility requirements include students currently enrolled in an accredited Florida undergraduate music program at a University or College.

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House of Blues Music Forward Foundation

Music Forward transforms lives, inspires careers, and champions a more inclusive music industry. Focusing on young people from under-served communities, Music Forward sets the stage for success by providing workshops, showcases, scholarships, and internships to inspire the next generation of music industry leaders and innovators. 

  • A total of four $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to outstanding college students—in either their junior or senior year—majoring in the music business and/or related fields at an accredited college or university in the U.S.

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Lessons in Your Home Scholarship

The Lessons In Your Home Scholarship is open to prospective and enrolled college students. A $500 scholarship is being awarded for the Fall. This scholarship can only be used for educational expenses including tuition, books, rooming, and other appropriate expenses.

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Young Artist Scholarship Auditions: St. Boniface Church (Florida)

For high school and pre-degree college students seeking a degree in music. Multiple awards are available with a grand prize of $1,000 in scholarship funds.

Click here to learn more 

 

SYTA Youth Foundation “Road” Scholarship

Students planning educational travel programs but needing financial assistance can apply for a “Road” Scholarship offered by the SYTA Youth Foundation, Inc. (SYF). The SYF provides scholarships three times a year. Music directors, teachers, principals, and other youth leaders can submit nominations.

  • All Road Scholarship nominations are required to be submitted by an educator, program leader, or designated school official for students in grades K-12 and 18 years of age or younger. Please note that the SYTA Youth Foundation (SYF) will not consider nominations submitted by parents and/or guardians.
  • Awards up to $1,000 are available.

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Redfin Scholarship

The scholarship application period will occur twice yearly with awards delegated in both the Spring and Fall. The Spring application period is from November 1-January 31 of each year. The Fall application period is from May 1-July 31 of each year. Complete the following form within the designated application periods.

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Rislov Foundation Grant

Created in order to promote the study of classical music, this grant awards musicians, vocalists, or even musical groups with financial aid to help pay for a college education. Applicants are also asked to upload and sent YouTube videos of their recent works to the foundation.

To apply, students must: submit a personalized letter detailing why they’d like the grant, explain how they’d utilize the money and what their ultimate career goal is, submit a current resume, provide proof of enrollment, link to a YouTube video that demonstrates their classical music skills, and also provide other personal information.

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Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship

Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: TBD for 2021 (Opens November 1, 2020)

Offered by Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), this scholarship awards up to $5,000 to male and female students majoring in either piano or voice. Applicants must send in a CD along with the rest of their application. Though not renewable, former scholarship winners can apply again.

Requirements include: having a 3.0 GPA, being a current undergraduate or graduate student, be a US citizen, majoring in either piano or voice.

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Robert Hawkins Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

John Phillip Sousa is a name that is synonymous with rousing American marches. This scholarship is offered by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation and is awarded to students who are interested in pursuing a degree in instrumental education.

Eligible students must be enrolled in or plan to enroll in an eligible degree-earning program, be majoring in instrumental education, be either a US citizen or international student.

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Charline E. McCue Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $600

Check out this scholarship opportunity if you major in one of the following: culinary arts, dance, fashion design, music, theater, or writing. Created in honor of Charline E. McCue and her own artistic talents, this scholarship encourages a fine arts education.

To apply, students must: be majoring in one of the aforementioned fields, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, be a graduating high school senior, current undergraduate student, or graduate student.

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Against the Grain

Artistic scholarships toward tuition and fees for high school seniors or college students pursuing a degree in music, dance, journalism, or visual arts. Must be at least 25% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity, a citizen or permanent U.S. resident, and demonstrate leadership/community service experience. 

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Against the Grain Groundbreaker Scholarship

For Asian American college seniors and graduate students demonstrating leadership for the Asian American community. 

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American Association of University Women

Fellowships and grants for graduate school. 

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American Association of University Women International Fellowships

Graduate school support for women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree to apply. 

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American Indian College Fund

Scholarships for enrolled members of federal or state-recognized tribes or descendants of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member or Native Corporation member (Alaska). Application deadlines: vary by scholarship.

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American Music Therapy Association

Scholarships and grants for students, interns, and grad students who are members of AMTA and are pursuing music therapy. 

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ASCAP Foundation Scholarships

ASCAP Foundation Scholarship programs seek to ensure that opportunities for the study of music are available to students at all levels. Unless otherwise indicated, it is the music faculty at each High School, College or University that selects scholarship recipients for their particular school. The scholarship recipient is not selected by The ASCAP Foundation. Check with the financial aid office at your school to see if an ASCAP Foundation scholarship is available and if you are eligible to apply.

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Associated Male Choruses of America

The Associated Male Choruses of America (AMCA) was established in 1924 to promote interest in the performance of, and an appreciation in male chorus music. The Scholarship Fund was established to assist promising students of music at the college level and is open to all students meeting the eligibility requirements. The monetary value of the awards is based upon funds available annually. For this year, awards range from $1,000
to $1,200. To be considered for a scholarship award, applicants must individually contact an AMCA member chorus and perform with or for that chorus. Note: It is recommended that you call a local contact person to estimate your chances of being sponsored before beginning the application process. 

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BMI Foundation Scholarships

Has several scholarships are available in several areas of music. Application deadlines vary by program.

  • BMI Founders Internship for Radio Broadcasting for students of broadcast radio
  • BMI Student Composer Awards for classical composers

  • John Lennon Scholarships for songwriters and composers

  • Nashville Songwriting Scholarship for young songwriters of country music

  • Peermusic Latin Scholarship for songwriters and composers of Latin music

  • Pete Carpenter Fellowship for aspiring film, television, and video game composers

  • Woody Guthrie Fellowship

  • Curtis Mayfield Scholarship to a graduating senior at Chicago High School for the Arts

  • David N. Baker Jazz Composition Scholarship for jazz composers at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

  • Evelyn Buckstein Scholarship

  • Lionel Newman Conducting Fellowship for young classical conductors

  • Theodora Zavin Scholarship

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Boettcher Foundation Scholarships

For Colorado high school seniors nominated for excellence in academics, leadership, and community service. Includes tuition, room, board, a stipend to be used at colleges in Colorado. DACA and Colorado ASSET applicants will be considered. 

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Carl Maultsby Prize in Piano Performance Competition

Awards for keyboard performance of spirituals. For juniors and seniors in high school (Lower Division) and juniors and seniors in college (Upper Division). 

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Chopin Foundation of the U.S.

Gives up to ten renewable scholarships of $1000 each to pianists age 14 – 17. 

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Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Scholarships for high school seniors. 

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Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship Foundation

For Texas residents who attend or will attend music school in classical music either in or outside of the state. 

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Davidson Fellows

Scholarships are awarded to “extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work” in several areas including music. 

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Dell Scholars Program

For grades 11 & 12, need-based, not specifically for music students. 

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Edward Hosharian Foundation

For students of Armenian descent who want to study music.

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Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education

Interest-free loans for students who demonstrate high academic performance and financial need. 

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Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

Financial support for study abroad for a semester or a full year, for currently enrolled undergraduates.

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Future Web Developers Scholarship

Open to students planning to study Music Technology, Sound Recording Technology, and the hardware and systems that support music production and technology. A required essay could focus on how technology is changing the ways modern recording studios operate. 

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Gates Scholarship

Full college tuition for Pell-eligible, high-achieving minority high school seniors. 

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GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarships

$10,000 scholarships for college for high school seniors who demonstrate excellence in academics and leadership. 

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Gilman Scholarship Program

Financial support for study abroad for undergraduate U.S. citizens receiving Federal Pell Grant funding. 

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Glen Miller Birthplace Society

Voice and instrumental scholarships. 

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Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Must be nominated by an adult who has a solid knowledge of your “heroic activities.” Ideal for someone who’s made a difference through music. 

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Golden Key Visual and Performing Arts Achievement Award

Annual scholarships of $1000 to undergraduate and graduate students who are members of the Golden Key International Honour Society. 

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Grady-Rayam Price in Vocal Performance Competition

Awards for performing spirituals. For juniors and seniors in high school (Lower Division) and juniors and seniors in college (Upper Division). 

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Hawkins Memorial Award Scholarship

Administered through John Philip Sousa Foundation, for a college music major working toward a degree in instrumental (band) music education.

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ICEBERG New Music Young Composer Awards

Two $1,000 scholarships to high school composers who are residents of NYC and from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Includes free lessons and feedback from professional composers.

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Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award – From the Top Scholarship

Approximately 20 young musicians (ages 8-18) are selected for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Applicants must be pre-collegiate classical musicians between the ages of 8 and 18 who demonstrate a high level of musical achievement and financial need.

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JEN (Jazz Education Network)

JEN offers several scholarships for members. 

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John Lennon Scholarships

Student songwriters, ages 17 through 24, and enrolled in a U.S. college. 

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Klipsch Audio Engineering Scholarship

For current and prospective audio engineering students. 

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Lessons in Your Home Scholarship

$500 scholarship for educational expenses. For full-time prospective and enrolled college students majoring or minoring in music including music production. Must be 18+ and write an essay to apply. 

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Lily Pabilona Emerging Entrepreneur Award

For high school seniors, full-time college students or master’s degree students at least 25% Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity. Must already operate a small business. 

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Loan Forgiveness Programs

This program discharges any remaining debt on federal student loans after 10 years of full-time employment in public service and 120 payments.

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Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition

For opera singers, ages 21-35, preparing for a professional career in opera. 

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Margaret Blackburn Composition Competition

$1000 grand prize for a female student composer enrolled in an accredited college, university, or graduate music program. 

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Marine Band Concerto Competition

High school musicians grades 9-12 compete for a cash prize and a performance in Washington, D.C. 

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Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship

Vocal scholarships for talented, aspiring singers ages 21 – 28, with a vocal/music study background. 

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MTNA (Music Teachers National Association)

Composing and performance competitions for high school students whose teachers are members of MTNA. 

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Music Business Association

Scholarships for high school seniors and college undergraduates.

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NAMM Gard Scholarship Fund

Established by NAMM, the National Association for Music Merchants, renewable scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students employed by a NAMM-member music products industry company.

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National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM)

Scholarships for NPM members in undergraduate and graduate pastoral music programs, for registration, tuition, fees, or books. 

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National Federation of Music Clubs

Various scholarships for current college music majors (instrumental, vocal, music therapy, music education), summer arts programs, music education/outreach projects, festival attendance for college as well as high school students. 

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Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation Musical Arts Scholarship

To support Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander students pursuing a degree in audio engineering, independent artist, instrumental performance, and musical performance. 

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Pan Hellenic Scholarship Foundation

Annual scholarships for full-time college undergraduates of Greek American background with a minimum 3.5 GPA and financial need. 

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Peermusic Latin Scholarship

For songwriters and composers who are current students at colleges and universities located in the United States and Puerto Rico. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 24. All words and music must be original. 

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PFLAG Scholarship Program

Graduating seniors entering college who identify within the LGBTQ spectrum or as an ally. 

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Percussive Arts Society

Scholarships and grants for student percussionists who are current members of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS). Click here to learn more 

 

Posse Foundation

H.S. juniors and seniors of all backgrounds with leadership skills can be nominated for full-tuition scholarships (NOT need-based) to attend Posse partner colleges and universities. 

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Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Given to students for significant volunteer services to their communities. 

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Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest

High school seniors who are legal residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas. Requires an essay about an African-American individual who inspires and motivates you. 

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Ruth K. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship

Financial aid to full-time college undergrad or grad students majoring in music with a choral church music focus.

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Samsung American Legion Scholarships

For high school juniors to use in any college major. Must be the descendant (child, grandchild, or great-grandchild) of a U.S. veteran who served in active duty during a period of war. 

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SCI (Society of Composers)

Prizes for high school, undergraduate, graduate composers. 

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AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability

$1,000 is awarded to the U.S. citizens and legal residents who have documented disability and study at least in s sophomore year. Successful applicants must be enrolled to study in an undergraduate/graduate program of one of accredited U.S. universities or colleges.

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Google Lime Scholarship

10,000 USD or 5,000 CAD scholarship is offered to successful undergraduate or graduate students who intend to be a full-time student in the 2019-20 academic year. The application is open every year until December 5. Scholarship recipients will also attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in summer.

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Microsoft Disability Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to support talented students with learning disabilities who intend to pursue a career in the technology field. Successful applicants can receive up to $5,000 every year up to $20,000. The scholarship can be awarded to successful students who have serious financial need.

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Autism Delaware

This scholarship is designed for adult students diagnosed with autism who wishes to pursue their academic career further and become a Ph.D. $1,000 is awarded to successful candidates who manage to write an impressive cover letter explaining why they want to get such a degree.

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Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship received its name after a 14-year-old boy diagnosed with autism who got lost when he tried to go from school and did not make it home alive. It is awarded to hardworking and successful students with autistic spectrum or those who are related to someone with autism. The amount is $1,000, and it is awarded only to those who are currently enrolled or are accepted to accredited universities or colleges.

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Anne Ford Scholarship

This scholarship is a chance to get $10,000 that is split by $2,500 over 4 years of education. Students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and other learning disabilities can apply, demonstrating a successful academic record and desire to continue education.

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Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship

Scholarship of $2,000 is available to students diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder who enroll in two- or four-year Associate’s or Bachelor’s programs. It also includes one year of coaching services that cost around $4,500. The deadline for the application is February 18 each year.

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Rise Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

Rise Scholarship Foundation offers a scholarship for disabilities like ADD and ADHD if they are combined with another learning difficulty. It covers $2,500 of the tuition amount annually but is awarded to only 5 students each year. Successful applicants have to have a GPA higher than 2.5 to enter a competition. The deadline for application is February 15 every year.

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Sertoma Scholarship for Students Who Are Hard of Hearing or Deaf

This scholarship offers financial aid to students with severe and profound hearing disorders that cause them to have a minimum of 40 dB bilateral hearing loss. Successful applicants must be U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled or accepted to a full-time undergraduate program in one of the accredited U.S. higher education institutions. The amount of financial aid is $1,000.

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Linda Cowden Memorial Scholarship

$1,000 is awarded to students who are impaired or deaf and want to pursue education, related to serving hearing-impaired communities. Applicants can only qualify if they are students of undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate programs at universities, colleges, or vocational schools in Tennessee.

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Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The amount of this scholarship differs from $2,500 to $10,000 to students who communicate in writing because of diagnosed prelingual hearing loss. Such a condition is considered severe and leads to profound and bilateral hearing loss. The deadline for this scholarship changes every year so it is better to keep an eye on its advertisements.

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American Council of the Blind Scholarship

The scholarship reaches from $1,000 to $4,000 and is awarded to successful students who are documented as totally blind and are only entering a college or university. The deadline for the application is February 15 each year with no exception.

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National Federation of the Blind Scholarship

Another organization that supports the blind in America offers from $3,000 to $12,000 to successful candidates who demonstrate special skills or creativity during the selection process. All applicants should be legally blind in both eyes and plan to attend college or university in the following academic year. The deadline is March 31 annually.

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Ruby’s Rainbow

Students who are over 18 and who have Down’s syndrome can apply for this scholarship and receive up to $4,000. This financial aid is particularly designed to make such students attend special classes and programs that help enhance living skills, find employment and socialize.

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1-800 Wheelchair Scholarship

A $500 scholarship is offered to two students annually who have issues with mobility. Only those students who are orthopedically impaired can apply because the scholarship serves to raise awareness over mobility issues at college campuses.

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J.C. Runyon Moving Forward Scholarship

The scholarship in question is designed to help students with diagnosed and documented psychiatric disorders to continue their education and attend college while staying on record at an accredited psychiatric facility. $3,000 can be awarded to successful students who will demonstrate exceptional written communication skills and creativity in their essays, letters of motivation, etc.

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Sinfonia Educational Foundation (SEF) Scholarships

Applicants must be college chapter members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national men’s fraternal music society, to apply for $500 – $2500 scholarships. 

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Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Contact music schools directly to find out about Stamps Scholarships. 

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Sphinx Competition

Open to current U.S. residents who are Black or Latino and play the Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass. Cash scholarships, summer program scholarships, and college/conservatory scholarships. 

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The James and Virginia M. Smyth Scholarship Fund

For applicants from Missouri, Mississippi, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, and Tennessee. 4-year renewable scholarships. 

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The Music Center’s Spotlight Program

A scholarship and arts training program for high school students in Southern California in these categories of music: classical and non-classical voice; jazz instrumental; classical instrumental. 

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Top of the Rock Peggy Gram Scholarship

Scholarships for college women studying Music Education or Vocal Performance Education at the secondary level. Awarded in spring for the following school year. 

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Tuesday Musical Club of Pittsburgh

Bi-annual scholarships for high school and college music majors whose permanent residence is within 100 miles of Pittsburgh. 

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Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club

Scholarships for students graduating from Mississippi high schools and pursuing music in college. 

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U.S. Bank Scholarship Program

Not specific to music. Available to high school seniors and college undergraduates. Winners selected at random. Eligibility: high school senior planning to enroll in or a current undergraduate college student at an eligible two- or four-year college or university. U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien. 

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Young Artist Competition for Bassoon and Oboe

Sponsored by the International Double Reed Society for musicians under age 22. .

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Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education Scholarship

Amount: $15,000

The Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education was created under the Will of Evalee C. Schwarz to provide interest-free loans to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance and significant financial need.

Eligibility: Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application- Qualify for financial need in the form of government grants. Applicants must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,815 or less as it appears on their FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)- Be enrolled in a school in the state in which the student resides *possible exceptions apply- Standardized test scores must be in the top 15% of nation-wide- Must not be seeking a law degree 

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Fergus Area College Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Description: Fergus Area College Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to both first- and second-year students for classes taken on the M State Fergus Falls campus.

Eligibility: Enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits each semester for classes taken on the Fergus Falls campus (We may, at our discretion, prorate for Fergus Falls campus credits if you are taking 12 or more credits to total from any M State campus or online and have a minimum of 8 on-campus in Fergus Falls. Prorating means we will only pay for the credits you take with the Fergus Falls campus.) Must have a high school GPA of 2.5 or greater. 

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Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

Amount: $2,000

Description: Founded in 1949, the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state. Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 a year, and scholarships are renewable for four (4) years of college in the state of Washington. Approximately 35-40 awards are made each year depending on funds available for new awards and renewal awards.

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Charles L. Hebner Memorial Scholarship

The Charles L. Hebner Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of the former Speaker of the State House of Representatives. The scholarship is renewable so long as recipients maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

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CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship

Amount: $500

Description: The CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship Provides financial support and hopes to meritorious students who demonstrate a positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) issues. Preference is given to LGBT students although all students are invited to apply. Application and/or acceptance of the award will not be construed as an indication of the sexual orientation of the individual.

Eligibility:-All current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half-time with majors in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts who are in good academic standing may apply for a grant from the fund-Applicants should demonstrate a positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT issues. 

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The Virginia Budge Award for the Creative and Performing Arts

Amount: $500

Description: The Virginia Budge Award exists to create, promote, develop, sponsor, sustain, facilitate, and further the arts within Butler County, Ohio. For the mission of the committee, the term “arts” shall be defined and liberally construed to include the making or doing of things that have form and beauty, and to encompass all forms of arts including the arts of music, painting, sculpture, dance, theater, film, opera, ballet and any other of the performing arts requiring and exhibiting an exceptional level of creativity, skill or talent.

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PINC (Poverty Is Not a Choice) Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Description: The PINC Scholarship is for students who are current graduating seniors or graduates of public or private high schools (including home schools) in Lancaster County, Nebraska. Preference is given to home-schooled students. The applicant must intend to study music or the arts in college. Applicant must demonstrate extreme financial need – only applicants with an EFC (expected family contribution from FAFSA report) under $5,000 will be accepted. The applicant must demonstrate a record of participation in music or the arts. First preference to previous PINC Scholarship recipients who re-apply, meet stated criteria and have maintained a college GPA of 2.5 or higher.

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JVS Chicago Scholarship Program

Description: Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college students. More than $500,000 each year is available for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers. Assistance is available for those in the helping professions.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Are Jewish
  • Were born and raised in Chicago metropolitan area*, including Lake County, Indiana; or one continuous year of full-time employment in the Chicago metro area prior to enrollment
  • Intend to remain in the Chicago metropolitan area after completing school
  • Are entering an accredited graduate program in a helping profession** on a full-time basis for the full 2020-2021 academic year or
  • Are entering your junior or senior year of an accredited bachelor’s degree program in a helping profession on a full-time basis for the full 2020-2021 academic year
  • Demonstrate financial need and career promise
  • Are available for an interview

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Additionally, we recommend checking with the following:

  • Music Department at your School
  • High School Guidance Counselor
  • Financial Aid Department at your school 
  • Consider joining extracurricular activities such as Band, Choir, etc 

 

NOTE: Mckaysmusiclessons.com does not endorse any of the scholarship or financial aid sites listed, nor can we confirm the accuracy of information provided by these sites. Don’t forget to subscribe to be notified as we add additional scholarships to this list. 

 

 

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