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, is THE place to look. 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, 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!

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

Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 25, Annually
The Young Singers Foundation provides scholarships annually of at least $2,000 each to help further the vocal music education of a full-time student who is enrolled in an accredited learning institution. The award is given in honor of Bev Sellers' contribution to music education and four-part a cappella music.

To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, a student must:
- Be [...] More

CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
Established in the year 2000, the CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts scholarship program was developed in honor of the late Curtis Mayfield to ensure that students pursuing a career in the performing arts receive the financial assistance to achieve their [...] More

CFJS Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 15, 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

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 Program, established in 2001, recognizes exceptional students and supports them in the fulfillment of their potential. Each year, Fellows are awarded scholarships of $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 and are recognized for their achievements at a special awards reception in Washington, D.C. The application categories are Science, Technology, Mathematics, Literature, [...] More

GFWC of Massachusetts Music Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts awards two annual music scholarships for Massachusetts residents.

The Nickels for Notes $500 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 [...] More

GRCF Guy D. and Mary Edith Halladay Music Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
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. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 [...] More

GRCF Llewellyn L. Cayvan String Instrument Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
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 financial need requirements for this award.

For more information about this award, please visit our [...] More

Heidelberg College Music Scholarship
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To qualify for the Heidelberg College Music Scholarship, applicant must plan to major in music and audition prior to March 1st. A minimum high school GPA of 2.5 is required of each applicant.

Heidelberg College is a community of learning that promotes and nurtures intellectual, personal and professional development, leading to a life of purpose with distinction.

For more information, [...] More

Hope College Distinguished Artist Awards - Music
Application Deadlines: February 10, Annually
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 Virginia Carpenter Music Scholarship
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Description: The Virginia Carpenter Bradbury Music Scholarship was established in 1975 by Dr. Jack and Virginia Carpenter Bradbury to assist worthy music students who need financial aid. Dr. and Mrs. Bradbury are both ISU graduates. Mrs. Bradbury was a member of the Orchestra, Band, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, A Capella Choir, Kappa Delta Pi (education honorary, Iota Rho Chi (music club), [...] More

Iowa Scholarships for the Arts
Application Deadlines: February 02, 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

James A. Hyter Vocal Music Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
James A. Hyter gave his music, his heart and his life to serving the Memphis community. Through the scholarship fund, Mr. Hyter's legacy will live as long as the Mississippi flows in the voices of future Hyter scholars.

Applicants for the James A. Hyter Vocal Scholarship Fund must:
- have a current grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- live in the Memphis metropolitan area
- be [...] More

Ladies of the Podium Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The Ladies of the Podium scholarships are endowed for the Women Band Directors International by Betty Jo and Kathy Schmidt. Women who are studying band music education at the undergrad or graduate level are encouraged to apply for one of four $500 scholarships.

Scholarship deadline is December 1st of each year. Recipients will be notified by January 15th. Scholarships are possibly renewable, [...] More

Lee A. Lyman Memorial Music Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 07, 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.

Eligible applicants must be 21-33 if female, 21-25 if male. Singers must be prepared to pursue a professional operatic stage career, be present for all phases of the Competition, and reside in the [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Applicants for the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarships must:
- Be a graduating senior from a public high school in the county of King, Pierce or Snohomish in the state of Washington in the year of appointment
- Be a United States citizen
- Plan to attend a college in the state of Washington on a full-time basis

Application forms are only available through the high schools in the counties [...] More

Northern State University Music Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Music scholarships are awarded on basis of excellence in performance and academic success. Three letters of reference and an application form must be completed in advance. Award amounts vary but applicants may receive up to $2,500 annually for four years.

Auditions are scheduled for February 22nd and 23rd; completed forms must be returned no later than than two weeks before your audition [...] More

Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarships serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students in select majors (Education, Health Service/Science, Religious Studies, Sacred Music, Social Service/Science) by providing aid for the expenses of their third and fourth years of an undergraduate program. Preference in this program is extended to racial ethnic students in order to [...] More

Presbyterian College Music Scholarships
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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.

These scholarships may [...] More

R.L. Gillette Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
The R. L. Gillette Scholarship offers two (2) scholarships of $1,000 each to women who are enrolled in a four-year undergraduate degree program in literature or music.

In addition to the general requirements, applicants must submit a performance tape not to exceed 30 minutes or a creative writing sample. (May be sent via postal mail or email to [...] 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

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Scholarship
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The San Francisco Conservatory of Music maintains a generous financial aid program, including institutional scholarships, federal and state grants and loans, and part-time employment.

Approximately 92 percent of Conservatory students receive some portion of their assistance directly from Conservatory scholarships. Conservatory financial aid awards generally include gift assistance [...] 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

Terry Albee Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 07, Annually
The Terry Albee Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends to honor Terry’s work as a journalist and his love for music. Terry spent his career as a newspaper reporter and editor, working at both the Caledonia Record and Newport Daily News. A 1958 graduate of Newport High School, Terry served two years in the navy prior to attending Boston University’s School of Journalism. [...] 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 George Snow Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Financial need is the common criteria that bind all of the grants awarded through the George Snow Scholarship Fund. We also review all special circumstances.

To qualify for The George Snow Scholarship Fund, applicants must:
- Be a graduate of a Palm Beach County or North Broward County high school
- Show financial need
- Must be active in their school and community have strong [...] More

UCA Band-Orchestra-Piano Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 13, Annually
These scholarships are awarded to outstanding band members, orchestra members or piano [...] More

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