Aspiring musicians often face very fierce competition that can make them abandon their dreams of entering the music business. Students often look at the rising costs of higher education and change their goals because of a fear of not being able to cover student loan costs. To keep talented musicians in this field, many music scholarships are available to help prevent students from taking student loans and to follow their path toward a degree in music.
George Snow Scholarship Fund
The George Snow music scholarships provide college funding to high school seniors at Palm Beach County high schools, Blanche Ely and Pompano Beach high schools in northern Broward County, or homeschooled students in these districts. Scholarships are awarded to students who have a financial need, and who are active in the community and their schools. Recipients must have strong career and educational goals, be self-motivated, and be planning to attend an accredited U.S. college or university. For further details and to apply, visit the official scholarship website here.
Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition
These music scholarships are available to females between 21 and 33 years of age and males between 21 and 35 years of age. The scholarships are provided to singers who intend to pursue a professional career as an operatic stage performer, who reside in Canada or the United States, and who are available for all phases of the scholarship competition. During the competition, five singers are chosen from each regional area. The finalists will then compete in Los Angeles. The top winner will receive $10,000 and each remaining finalist will receive between $1,000 and $2,000. For competition information, visit the official scholarship site at www.zacharysociety.org.
James A. Hyter Vocal Music Scholarship Fund
These music scholarships are for students residing or attending college in the Memphis area. To be eligible, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be enrolled in, or intending to enroll in, an accredited two- or four-year program. Qualified scholarship applicants must audition by singing a musical selection from each of these categories: classical, folk songs, and show tunes. To apply, students must submit an official application along with two letters of recommendation, the most recent transcript, a copy of ACT and/or SAT scores, and a copy of the student’s SAR and EFC. All materials must be received by the offices of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis by 5 p.m. April 2. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $4,000. Further details are available at www.cfgm.org.
2013 Radio and Music Scholarships
These music scholarships are available to students attending Brown College in Minnesota, Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Michigan, and McNally-Smith College of Music in Minnesota. The Conclave offers several scholarships, some worth as much as $50,000. Scholarship deadlines and eligibility criteria vary. For full information and official applications, visit the Conclave website at www.theconclave.com.
ASCAP Foundation Scholarships
The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Foundation offers these music scholarships to ensure the creative future of our society. The scholarships are available to music students of all levels. ASCAP offers many different scholarships, including those for Latino songwriters, music composition students, African American songwriters, and more. Students interested in any of these scholarships must apply through their school’s financial aid office. For full details and to see which scholarships are available, visit www.ascapfoundation.org.
CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship
These music scholarships are available in amounts of up to $3,000 per student. To be eligible, students must be preparing to pursue a full-time undergraduate degree or be a current full-time student in good standing at an accredited institute of higher learning. Applicants must be preparing to pursue a degree that will lead to a performing arts career, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and demonstrate leadership and community service experience. To apply, students must submit a complete online application, a personal statement essay, two letters of recommendation, an electronic copy of the SAR, a resume, a recent photograph, and a 2-minute visual recording sample by May 2. In addition, graduating high school seniors must submit a proof of enrollment and official sealed transcripts. Applications and details are available at www.cbcfinc.org.
Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarships
These music scholarships are available to college students who are members of the Presbyterian Church. Scholarships are available to college sophomores or higher who are attending college full-time in pursuit of a first degree. Preference is given to racial ethnic students. To be eligible, students must be members of the Presbyterian Church and have completed the freshman college year. In addition, applicants must be enrolled full time and have a 2.5 or higher GPA in a bachelor’s degree program. Finally, students must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the $2,000 awards. The deadline is June 1. Applications are available at www.presbyterianmission.org.
Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarship
In order to be eligible for these music scholarships, students must be entering the sophomore year at an accredited college or university and must prove that he or she is enrolled full-time. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in vocal music and maintain a 3.5 GPA in all vocal music classes. Applications can be found at www.youngsingersfoundation.org and are due January 31.
If you have a melody in your heart and wish to pursue a degree and career in music, these amazing scholarships can relieve a large part of the financial burden of getting your education. Many of these scholarships are competitive, so apply early and make sure to include all relevant information for the best chances of getting the funding you need.