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 Performance and the Professional Studies Diploma. All students must remain full time in order to receive their scholarship. Scholarships are awarded for a maximum of four years for undergraduate, two years for graduate and one year for postgraduate study. Awards for an additional year are not guaranteed. If a student feels the need for an additional semester or year to complete their degree, the student may petition the scholarship committee. Petition forms are available in the Financial Aid Office, or online, must be signed by both the student and the studio teacher and presented to the scholarship committee one semester prior to the anticipated graduation date.
Undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 grade point average to be eligible for renewal of their scholarships, while graduate students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average. If a student's grade point average falls below the required minimum, he or she will be placed on academic probation for one semester. If the student's grade point average is not raised to the required minimum, after this probationary period, he/she will not be eligible to receive any Conservatory Scholarship funds for the following semester. (See Academic Regulations section in catalog.) Scholarship recipients are required to participate in ensembles as assigned.
Scholarship retention depends on the successful fulfillment of all obligations to the Conservatory, including orchestra, ensemble assignments, required GPA and satisfactory academic progress. No separate auditions are held for scholarships. For new students, the entrance audition serves as the basis for determining scholarship eligibility. For continuing students, annual juries and the quality of orchestra and/or ensemble participation are used to determine eligibility for continuation of awards. Scholarship retention for students returning after a leave of absence is not guaranteed. Students who wish to be considered for their previous scholarship amount must reapply through the Financial Aid Office, just as they would be required to do as continuing students.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents who wish only to be considered for merit-based Conservatory scholarships need not submit the FAFSA, but must submit the Conservatory’s Scholarship and Financial Aid Application. (www.unifiedapps.org).
Outside Scholarship Resources
The following are links to several educational funders. We encourage students to search online for additional resources.
Scholarship Search Programs