Music Scholarships

Studies have shown that students who complete music courses score higher on their SATs, have higher GPAs and receive more academic honors than their counterparts. But once they graduate from high school, it’s not a test score but a love for music that drives them to continue their studies.

Those who aspire to be exceptional musicians are often faced with fierce competition - competition that makes many reconsider a future in the music business. Because a postsecondary education is costly regardless of major and students are frequently forced to opt for better-paid, more secure fields, the ones they know will make it easier to earn a living and pay down their student loans.

This is an unfortunate side effect of the rising tuition costs, but we’re determined to reverse the trend through providing deserving students with music scholarship opportunities. The University of Hawaii, Westmont College and the ASCAP offer various music scholarships but for students looking for more options, Scholarships.com is THE place to look.

Scholarships.com is dedicated to helping students pursue a career based on their interests rather than their finances. When students complete our free college scholarships search, they can find information about numerous music scholarships - awards specifically restricted to those planning to study music. Information about more than 2.7 million scholarships and grants can be found at our site. At Scholarships.com, students will have free access to our college search, a regularly updated education blog and detailed information about college scholarships, grants, fellowships, internships and student loans. And that’s just the beginning. Music to our ears!

Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Scholarship was established in 1999 with funds from the Alumni Society Golf Tournament and the Alumni Casino Night. The Society supported the establishment of this scholarship in order to assist with the recruitment of talented performing student artists to UAB.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be high school seniors/graduates and [...] More

Arkansas Chamber Singers Vocal/Choral Music Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 18, Annually
Through the years, music has been a force that has unifying powers. These powers speak to the human emotion, allowing order to transcend disorder and chaos and bring diverse cultures together for the betterment of humanity. Embracing this belief, the Arkansas Chamber Singers Vocal/Choral Music Scholarship is established with a mission in focus that will encourage and promote the art of choral [...] More

Augustana College Pro Musica Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 02, Annually
The Augustana Music Department offers scholarships to students who excel in the areas of vocal, instrumental and keyboard. In order to be considered for one of these scholarships, students must audition in his/her area of excellence.

Scholarships are annual allocations and automatically renewable. Criteria for maintaining a scholarship varies from department and is generally a commitment to [...] More

Bemidji State Music Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 16, Annually
Music scholarships for incoming Bemidji State students include full- and half-tuition, renewable housing waivers, renewable $1,000 leadership awards, and a variety of endowed scholarships. On-campus or live-auditions are required for full-tuition scholarships; recordings are accepted for others. Auditions are on February 21st but may also be scheduled at alternate times. For more information, [...] More

CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 29, Annually
This award is for full-time students with majors in the performing arts including, but not limited to, drama, music, dance, opera, marching bands, and other musical ensembles.

Eligibility:
-U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
-Currently/planning to be enrolled in the upcoming academic year as a full-time undergraduate student
-Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
-Pursuing a major and career in a [...] More

CFJS Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 08, Annually
The CFJS Scholarships are for students studying jazz music. There are no age limits; just be a student in your senior year of high school or your first three years of college.

Awards can be used for school expenses, private lessons or an instrument. A live audition at Rollins College is a [...] More

CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship provides financial support and hope to meritorious students who demonstrate 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 [...] More

Curtis Institute of Music/Tuition Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Prospective students must submit admissions applications by the deadline in order to be scheduled for an audition. Admissions decisions are based solely on merit. Students are accepted for study at Curtis exclusively on the basis of their artistic talent and promise.

All students admitted to Curtis are provided merit-based full-tuition scholarships regardless of their financial [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 19, Annually
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music, philosophy and outside the box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception. [...] More

GFWC of Massachusetts Music Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Nickels for Notes Scholarship is awarded to high school seniors who will major in piano, instrument, music education, music therapy or voice. The award is for tuition only and will be sent directly to the recipient’s college. Applicants must be seniors at a Massachusetts high school, or home schooled and have achieved the standards for graduation set by the town of residence.

The [...] More

GRCF Guy D. and Mary Edith Halladay Music Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career.

To be eligible for the Guy D. and Mary Edith Halladay Music Scholarship, students must be Kent County residents (two-year minimum) and a graduate or undergraduate student majoring in music at any college in the U.S. [...] More

GRCF Llewellyn L. Cayvan String Instrument Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career.

To be eligible for the Llewellyn L. Cayvan String Instrument Scholarship, students must be undergraduate or graduate-level students studying the violin, viola, violoncello or the bass viol. There are no residency or [...] More

GRCF Mildred E. Troske Music Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career.

To be eligible for the Mildred E. Troske Music Scholarship, students must be Kent County residents (two-year minimum) studying music at a camp or, or be an undergraduate music major. Applicants must have financial need and [...] More

Greater Nassau Chorus Vocal Music Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The award-winning Greater Nassau Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is offering a $500 Vocal Music Scholarship to a female Long Island high school senior with at least a “B” (3.0) average who plans to study voice or music education in college. Applications are currently being accepted and the deadline is April 1st.

This Baldwin-based ensemble established their annual Vocal Music [...] More

Heidelberg University Music Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
To qualify for the Heidelberg University Music Scholarship, applicants must plan to major in music, are required to audition, and have at least a 2.5 GPA. This award is open to both first-time freshmen and transfer students.

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Hope College Distinguished Artist Awards - Music
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Students should be prepared to play or sing 10 minutes of music. Accompanists may be arranged, provided sufficient advance notice is given. Those unable to attend campus audition days should contact the music department for information on submitting an audition on cassette tape. Accompanists may be arranged, provided two weeks advance notice is given.

Eligibility: Students must intend to [...] More

Indiana State University Jack E. and Virginia Carpenter Fine Arts Scholarship
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Established in 1999 by Cheryl and C. Thomas Steiner to honor Cheryl's parents, Jack and Virginia Bradbury. Dr. and Mrs. Bradbury are both alumni of Indiana State University. The scholarship, which was established to assist needy students in the arts, is based in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Open to: sophomore or junior art student and Indiana resident, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in his/her [...] More

Iowa Scholarships for the Arts
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
At the time of application, student applicants must be enrolled at the senior class level in an Iowa high school and display proven artistic ability in the areas of music, dance, visual arts, theater or literature.

Scholarship funds are awarded contingent upon recipients being accepted as full-time undergraduate students at a fully-accredited Iowa college or university. For more information [...] More

Janet Monroe Wendschlag & Bryan John Wendschlag Memorial Scholarship
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Janet Monroe Wendschlag (class of 73) and her son Bryan John, perished in the crash of United Airlines flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa on July 19, 1989. On June 3, 2015 Eric David Wendschlag perished in a motorcycle in Nevada. In their memory the family has established a scholarship to be awarded to a junior or senior student pursuing an Elementary Education degree with an emphasis in art, music, [...] More

JSU Alabama Harold Shamblin Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Shamblin Family Scholarship was established through a bequest of Mr. Harold C. Shamblin of Gadsden, Alabama, for the benefit of deserving students who have been accepted to the College of Education and Professional Studies.

For more information, please visit our website. [...] More

L.D. "Dusty" Rhoades and Josephine Wright Memorial Scholarship
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Memorials and contributions from the Rhoades family established this endowed scholarship fund. One scholarship is awarded annually to a student who had declared a Science or Music major/minor. Additional criteria include cumulative GPA and financial need. The award alternates each year between Science/Music.

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Lee A. Lyman Memorial Music Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 04, Annually
The Lee A. Lyman Memorial Music Scholarship was established by VSAC in 1995 in memory of Lee A. Lyman. Lee was active in the Vermont financial aid community for more than 20 years and was director of VSAC’s Education Loan Finance Program for 10 years (1984–1994). Lee’s love of music and her unfailing commitment to helping Vermont students afford a postsecondary education led VSAC to establish [...] More

Loren L. Zachary Society For The Performing Arts National Vocal Competition for Young Opera Singers
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Founded in 1972, by the late Loren L. Zachary and Nedra Zachary, the National Vocal Competition for Young Opera Singers is one of the most prestigious and valuable singing competitions in the world. The competition is open to Singers ages 21 - 35. Singers must be prepared to pursue a professional operatic stage career, be present for all phases of the Competition, and reside in the United States [...] More

Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The Television Academy Foundation's Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship Program awards two scholarships to graduating seniors (must be continuing directly to graduate school) and graduate students (Masters or Ph.D) to support and encourage them to pursue a career in children’s media and further the values and principles of Fred Rogers’ work. The scholarships are project-based and may not be used [...] More

MIT Inspire Competition
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MIT INSPIRE is the first national research competition for high school students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The competition is organized by MIT undergraduates. Participating high school students, as individuals or teams of two will submit research reports in one of 13 fields, such as: history, economics, or philosophy. Approximately 100 finalists with the most exceptional [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
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 by March 1st. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 a year, and scholarships are renewable [...] More

Northern State University Music Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Northern State University offers music scholarships to music and non-music majors on the basis of auditions. If you are unable to attend auditions, you are required to submit a recording. Video recordings are preferred over audio-only.

Full applications can be found at the scholarship provider's website. Applicants are required to complete three references by simply sending a link to anyone [...] More

Oregon Music Hall of Fame Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 14, Annually
OMHOF awards yearly scholarships to selected graduating Oregon high school seniors who have exhibited serious pursuit and accomplishment in their personal musicianship – and who are college-bound music majors. Recipients are publicly recognized at an award presentation where each performs onstage, demonstrating mastery of his/her instrument.
OMHOF awarded 26 scholarships totaling $35,500. Our [...] More

Presbyterian College Music Scholarships
Application Deadlines: January 29, Annually
Prospective students who audition for scholarship assistance as a music major, minor or ensemble participant may receive scholarship offers based upon a variety of factors. While a demonstration of basic talent is important, other issues such as musical background, activities, desired level of involvement in the PC music program, attitude, and preparation are considered.

For more information [...] More

Rislov Foundation Classical Music Grant
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An opportunity for university students to obtain a grant/award for their continuing education in classical music. The foundation's benefactor is the deceased Sigurd I. Rislov, a professor of classical music.

You may request an application from The Rislov Foundation's head office via mail by writing to:

The Rislov Foundation
P.O. Box 3383
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-3383

Details of criteria [...] More

Ruth K. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Choristers Guild was founded in Los Angeles by the late Ruth Krehbiel Jacobs, based on an idea—the systematic development of Christian character in boys and girls through the medium of the church Children’s Choir. The Scholarship Fund provides financial aid to full-time students preparing for church music ministry. An applicant must be a junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in music, who [...] More

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Scholarship
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The Conservatory awards scholarships on the basis of musical ability, financial need and the musical needs of the school. Scholarship awards and tuition do not increase proportionally. Scholarships are available to full-time students in the Music Diploma program, the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree programs, the Artist Certificate program, the Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal [...] More

TCDA Student Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 24, Annually
The qualifications for the TCDA Student Scholarships are as follows:

- Must be a student member of TCDA
- Must be enrolled as a full-time student at a Texas college or university
- 3.0 overall grade point average based on 4.0 system
- Must have completed at least 60 hours by time scholarship is awarded
- Enrolled in a program of study which will lead to a degree in elementary or [...] More

The (NABE) Foundation College Scholarship Award: Americans for the Arts Recipient
Application Deadlines: January 16, Annually
The NABE Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) is awarding its seventh annual Americans for the Arts scholarship to encourage the integration of the arts into the economic education process. We believe that good, creative economic strategy is inherently dependent on our ability to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to the economic challenges [...] More

The ASCAP Foundation Scholarships
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The ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Foundation is dedicated to nurturing the music talent of tomorrow, preserving the legacy of the past and sustaining the creative incentive for today's creators through a variety of educational, professional, and humanitarian programs and activities which serve the entire music community.

ASCAP Foundation Scholarship programs [...] More

The Fulgham/Fulghum National Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The FFNFF offers one scholarship annually on a competitive basis to High School seniors accepted by a college or University. Priority will be given to High School Seniors entering a post-secondary program leading to a career in the teaching profession. Eligibility is limited to High School seniors.

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

The George Snow Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The George Snow Scholarship Fund offers need-based scholarships to high school seniors attending:
-All Palm Beach County High Schools
-Blanche Ely and Pompano Beach High Schools in Northern Broward County
-All Homeschooled students who will be attending a high school in Palm Beach County or Blanche Ely and Pompano Beach High Schools in Northern Broward County
-Women in Miami/Dade County, [...] More

The Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens. All applications must include the following items, without exception:
-Completed online application including all sections of the essay
-Official transcripts
-Two [...] More

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
College is expensive. The Jewish community through the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago can help. Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. Approximately $500,000 is available each year for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan [...] More

The R.L. Gillette Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens. All applications must include the following items, without exception:
-Completed online application including all sections of the essay
-Official transcripts
-Two [...] More

UCA Music Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 11, Annually
These scholarships are awarded to outstanding band members, orchestra members, music students, or piano [...] More

Last Edited: December 2015

Music Scholarships

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