Awards, Scholarships & Assistantships
Scholarships in the School of Music serve two purposes:
- to recruit talented students
- to recognize student contributions to the School.
Important: The number of scholarships is limited and dependent upon outside funding sources.
Scholarships and Awards
- Generally, new music majors (new first-year and new transfers) receive priority in the awarding of Tuition Scholarships by the School of Music.
- For incoming students, these awards are based upon the evaluations of performance auditions, written tests, academic potential, and the needs of the School.
- Talent scholarships vary from one-time awards of $500 through annually renewable scholarships of $6,000.
- All undergraduate students who perform an entrance audition are automatically considered for scholarship. Current Illinois State students who wish to be considered for a talent scholarship must submit the Current Student Scholarship Application.
Friends of the Arts
- These scholarships are made available through the efforts of the Friends of the Arts - an organization of interested people (members) who appreciate and support the music, theatre, art, and arts technology students and programs at Illinois State University.
- The scholarships are granted to continuing Music majors, who are evaluated on academic achievement, musicianship, and service to the School. They are granted for one semester.
- Awarded to entering and/or continuing music majors, who are evaluated on entrance auditions, academic achievement, musicianship, and service to the School.
- These awards may have additional criteria. Students are nominated by the music faculty each spring.
Review list of all the Endowed Scholarships offered through the School of Music.
Graduate Assistantships are a combination of tuition waivers and cash stipends awarded to graduate music majors on a competitive basis. They are intended to facilitate progress towards a graduate degree and assistantship regulations and procedures are designed to promote this academic objective.
Graduate Tuition Waivers
Graduate Tuition Waivers are awarded on a competitive basis by the School of Music to students who show promise for success and who have not received a fellowship or other award funding tuition costs. Tuition waivers may be applied to the cost of tuition only; the graduate student must make arrangements to pay student fees, insurance, or other educational expenses.
Review more information about Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Waivers at Illinois State University.
Friends of the Arts Academic Support Grants
The Friends of the Arts offer grants to support College of Fine Arts artistic projects, events, visiting artists, and student travel. Grants are available of up to $500 for an individual and up to $1,000 for a group. Learn more and find out how you can apply.
Review more information about Graduate Assistantships at Illinois State University.