The Most Competitive Music Scholarships

By Renee Gerber , last updated December 22, 2011

Music scholarships are among the most competitive of all charitable giving. This is due to the fact that there are many, many musicians that are so talented and have a great potential in the music field. Generally speaking, music scholarships are meant for students who study music at various colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning. These scholarships are meant to prepare these individuals for their future careers in music. Some of the most competitive of these awards are worth looking into if you major in music in college.

Nannette Hopkins Music Scholarship

Nannette Hopkins Music Scholarship is a fund that offers an award to first year college students who demonstrate superior abilities in their studies and who have an expressed interest in taking music as a major or minor in college. These students must also have a definite financial need in order to qualify for the scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for each year of college, and will continue as long as the student continues to study music, whether it is their major or minor. In addition to the application itself, the student must also prepare two compositions of differing styles to show their musical talent. Recipients will be selected based on both the application and audition. Scholarship amounts range in value from $2,000 to $28,000.

Chopin Foundation of the United States

The Chopin Foundation of the United States exists to award scholarships to talented American students who are studying piano. In order to be considered eligible, these students must be between the ages of 14 and 17 at the time of the application deadline. The award is renewable for up to four years but requires the individual to continue studying piano and maintaining satisfactory grades in school. Every year, the student will also be required to perform unedited performances of works by Chopin on DVD. They will have a choice between several pieces, which are mentioned on the application. Scholarship awards are given in the amount of $500 each.

Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition

The Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition awards scholarships of $1,000, $2,000 and $4,000 to students who study either a musical instrument or vocalization. These individuals must excel in their studies and show a financial need. The award is given on an annual basis.

National Federation of Music Clubs

The National Federation of Music Clubs, NFMC, present scholarship awards to music students on the local, state and national levels. Applicants must meet certain criteria to be considered for the scholarship, which is given out in a total amount of $50,000. The student must be an American citizen, either by birth or naturalization and members or prospective members of the NFMC. Awards are given based on categories in the field of voice, instrumental music, music therapy and various others.

National Association of Pastoral Musicians Scholarship Program

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians Scholarship Program is, better known as NPM Program Scholarships, awards scholarships to prospective pastoral musicians who have a definitive financial need while they study at NPM institutions of learning. Applicants must be from economically disadvantaged parishes, and the association highly encourages individuals from all different racial and ethnic groups to apply. The annual amount of the awards given vary each year, depending on the current funds that are available.

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