Scholarship Resources for Music Students

Scholarship Resources for Music Students

The following scholarship and grant opportunities are available to high school and college students involved in music education and music performance. They are provided here for the convenience of Tri-M Honor Society and NAfME Collegiate members. For more information on these scholarships, please visit the websites referenced. Know of a scholarship or opportunity that should be added to this list? E-mail nafme@nafme.org.

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Scholarships for High School Juniors

Music-Related Scholarships

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.

  • Applications for the 2021 Concerto Competition will open in May 2020.

 

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. The 21st annual essay contest will commence September 1, 2020.

  • 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.
  • Winners will be announced on May 1, 2020

 

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.
  • Deadline: February 13

 

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

Deadline: February 19, 2020

Application information can be found on the VSA website.

 

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.
  • The 2021 application will close October 16, 2020.

 

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.
  • Apply now! Winners have the chance to win up to $1,000 in scholarship funds for summer music study.
  • Deadline: May 1

 

Schmidt Vocal Scholarships

Schmidt Vocal Competition winners who choose to pursue a career in music may be eligible for need-based scholarship assistance to their college or university of choice.

  • Singers who are first-, second-, or third-place winners of Schmidt Vocal Arts national competitions
  • A committee reviews need by evaluating a family’s ability to pay
  • Students are expected to major in Vocal Performance and maintain a 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale
  • Schmidt prefers to provide “last-in” funding. In other words, the student has secured nearly all the necessary tuition through other sources.

Learn more about Schmidt Vocal Scholarships.

 

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 in April 2020.

The students that aren’t finalists are invited to join a database of students invited to FREE ballroom workshops. In addition, 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
  • Deadline: December 7, 2019. Winners announced January 27, 2020.

 

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 a 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. The application portal opens in October and must be submitted by April 30. Six regional semi-finalists will be announced in February and the national competition among the six regional semi-finalists will be held in April in New York City.

  • Deadline: March 6, 2020, midnight ET

 

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!

  • Applications are now closed. Check back in June 2020 for new applications.

 

Community Service/Extracurricular Activities Oriented-Scholarships

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.
  • Click here for a list of deadlines occurring throughout the year


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.
  • Deadlines: March 20, October 23  

 

Scholarships for High School Seniors

Music-Related Scholarships

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.

  • Applications for the 2021 Concerto Competition will open in May 2020.

 

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, June 6, 2020, where they will compete for the scholarship prize money in front of GTMF’s panel of renowned judges and a live audience.
  • Deadline: April 6, 2020, 11:59 PM MDT

 

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.
  • Deadline: March 2

 

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. The 21st annual essay contest will commence September 1, 2020.

  • 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.
  • Winners will be announced on May 1, 2020

 

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.
  • Deadline: February 13

 

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. 

 

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

Deadline: February 19, 2020

Application information can be found on the VSA website.

 

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.
  • The 2021 application will close October 16, 2020.

 

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.

  • Deadline: April 3, 2020

 

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.
  • Deadline: May 1

 

Schmidt Vocal Scholarships

Schmidt Vocal Competition winners who choose to pursue a career in music may be eligible for need-based scholarship assistance to their college or university of choice.

  • Singers who are first-, second-, or third-place winners of Schmidt Vocal Arts national competitions
  • A committee reviews need by evaluating a family’s ability to pay
  • Students are expected to major in Vocal Performance and maintain a 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale
  • Schmidt prefers to provide “last-in” funding. In other words, the student has secured nearly all the necessary tuition through other sources.

Learn more about Schmidt Vocal Scholarships.

 

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 in April 2020.

The students that aren’t finalists are invited to join a database of students invited to FREE ballroom workshops. In addition, 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
  • Deadline: December 7, 2019. Winners announced January 27, 2020.

 

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 a 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. The application portal opens in October and must be submitted by April 30. Six regional semi-finalists will be announced in February and the national competition among the six regional semi-finalists will be held in April in New York City.

  • Deadline: March 6, 2020, midnight ET

 

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!

  • Deadline: October 14
  • Each category is limited to 400 applicants

 

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.

 

Lift Up Our Voices Scholarship

The Lift Up Our Voices Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of female-identifying students and students of color in the field of music composition. This $3,500 scholarship is eligible to candidates who fit these criteria.

  • The application process for 2020 is now closed. Check back in the future for information on applying for 2021.

 

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.

  • To apply or learn more about the BIG ARTS 2020 Scholarship Award Program, go to www.bigarts.org or call the BIG ARTS office at 239-395-0900.
  • Deadline: March 20, 2020

 

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). A $500 scholarship is being awarded for the Fall of 2020. This scholarship can only be used for educational expenses including tuition, books, rooming, and other appropriate expenses.

  • Deadline: October 24, 2020 (winner to be notified November 2)

 

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

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

  • Deadline to apply is March 27, 2020.
  • Auditions will be held on April 4, 2020, from 9 AM–3 PM.
  • Apply online

 

Community Service/Extracurricular Activities Oriented Scholarships

 

Arlington Capital Management Scholarship

Arlington Capital Management Scholarship has been instituted to encourage and motivate young minds to pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations and it would be awarded to the most deserving candidate who comes up with a brilliant, power-packed, and innovative essay. All submissions should reach Arlington Capital within the prescribed deadline. Arlington Capital Management reserves the right to decide who would be the winner of this prized scholarship. All submissions would be meticulously scrutinized by the authorities and the most impressive essay with innovative and ground-breaking ideas would be considered. 

  • One-time prize-money of $1,000 that is non-returnable.
  • Deadline: March 1, 2021
  • Recipient announced on March 15, 2021.

 

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.
  • Deadline: October 31 (applications reopen on August 1)

 

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.

  • Deadline: November 6

 

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.

  • Deadline: January 31, 2019

 

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.
  • Deadlines: March 20, October 23  

 

Scholarships for Marching Musicians

The following organizations offer resources for marching musicians who are looking for college funds.

This list is courtesy of Halftime magazine. For more information, see the article “Get Paid to March” in the March/April 2008 issue. 

 

Scholarships for College Students

Music-Related Scholarships

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.
  • Deadline to submit entries to your chapter advisor is in December. See the BMI Contest page for more information.

 

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 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.
  • Scholarship will be awarded prior to 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.

 

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.
  • Deadline: March 2

 

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

Deadline: February 19, 2020

Application information can be found on the VSA website.

 

2020 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.

  • Deadline: May 1, 2020. Winner chosen by May 15, 2020.
  • Apply here

 

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.

  • Awards of up to $3,000 are available.
  • Deadline: April 27, 2018

 

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.

  • Deadline: April 3, 2020

 

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.

  • Deadline: March 15, 2020

 

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.

 

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.
  • To apply or learn more about the BIG ARTS 2019 Classical Music Scholarship, or call the BIG ARTS office at 239-395-0900.
  • Deadline: February 7, 2020

 

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 music business and/or related fields at an accredited college or university in the U.S.

  • Deadline: March 31, 2020

 

Lift Up Our Voices Scholarship

The Lift Up Our Voices Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of female-identifying students and students of color in the field of music composition. This $3,500 scholarship is eligible to candidates who fit these criteria.

  • The application process for 2020 is now closed. Check back in the future for information on applying for 2021.

 

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 of 2020. This scholarship can only be used for educational expenses including tuition, books, rooming, and other appropriate expenses.

  • Deadline: October 24, 2020 (winner to be notified November 2)

 

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

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

  • Deadline to apply is March 27, 2020.
  • Auditions will be held on April 4, 2020, from 9 AM–3 PM.
  • Apply online

Community Service/Extracurricular Activities Oriented Scholarships

 

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.
  • Deadlines: March 20, October 23  

 

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.

  • Applications will re-open in May 2020.

 

Other Scholarships

 

AdvertiseMint Facebook Advertising Scholarship

The AdvertiseMint Advertising and Marketing Scholarship Program was created to help students jump start their businesses while in school by utilizing Facebook advertising.

  • Scholarship submission due by October 31.
  • Winning submission selected by November 29.

 

ASMZine Scholarship

ASMZine is offering a scholarship  for students interested in technology and blogging. ASMZINE will award 1 scholarship of $350/- to a single outstanding college student pursuing studies in Graduate and Post Graduate. (From US universities only).

  • Deadline: April 15, 2020
  • A winner will be notified on Friday, April 24, 2020.

 

GVD Renovations Scholarship

Full-time students currently accepted to or enrolled at an American two- or four-year college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must submit 2,000 word essay on following topics:

  • How does house remodeling boost real estate value?
  • How do home remodeling project benefit American families?

Deadline: September 3, 2020.

 

Scooters ‘N Chairs Spring 2020 Scholarship

A scholarship of $1000 every semester to eligible students who are currently registered at an officially accredited University or College. Please write an essay on an experience over the past semester that required your use of strength & perseverance to overcome. Please limit your essay to 2000 words.

  • Deadline: May 31

 

USA Funds Access To Education Scholarships

USA Funds awards scholarships to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who come from households with annual incomes of $35,000 or less. Scholarships are renewable annually, provided the candidate maintains a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Maximum award per individual, including renewals, is $6,000.
  • Deadline: February 10 

 

Helpful Links

State Music Educators Association Scholarships

Some state music educators associations offer scholarships to high school or college music students. Visit the NAfME Federated State Associations page and click on your state MEA website to check for opportunities.

Scholarship Search Engines & Databases

Online Education Database

Includes a list of music scholarships and grants of up to $10,000.

FastWEB

Develops a “customized profile” to match applicants with potential scholarships.

NOTE: This website DOES have a marketing angle. You will be asked if you would like to receive information, or have your name provided to their supporters for marketing purposes. If you do not wish to receive any marketing information, simply click on all “no thank you” options. NAfME cannot be held responsible for any marketing contact you may receive through the use of this website.

Scholarships.com

Provides a customized profile for information on college choices, available Federal loans and scholarship opportunities.

The College Board’s Scholarship Search

An online tool that locates scholarships, internships, grants, and loans to match education level, talents, and background criteria entered through a questionnaire.

Unusual Scholarships!

Are you left-handed? Do you have a prom outfit made out of duct tape? Check out these unusual scholarships — who knows what you might find!

Sallie Mae College Answer

Provides a free scholarship search to provide customized scholarship leads.

U. S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Financial Aid

Information on steps in the financial aid process; includes a “scholarship match wizard” to help you find scholarships that fit your interests.

FinAid!

A comprehensive guide to financial aid, military aid, and loans. Includes a guide to filling out financial aid paperwork.

International Education Financial Aid

Search for scholarships and grants to fund study abroad programs.

The BMI Foundation, Inc.

The BMI Foundation is a non-profit that supports music study and performance through various awards and scholarships.

ASCAP

ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) offers a variety of songwriting contests, some of which award cash prizes. The ASCAP Foundation offers a list of music-related awards and scholarships. 

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NPR: Paying for College

NPR’s All Things Considered explored in a week-long series in May 2005, how American families of various financial means—and in different stages of life—are figuring out how to finance higher education.

Students and Financial Literacy

Covers topics like need vs. merit-based scholarships, the intricacies of student loans, planning for life after college and much more.