Performing Arts Scholarships

Scholarships open to students interesting in and/or majoring in the performing arts including Dance, Music, and Theatre/Drama.

Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards
Sponsor: ASCAP
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: December 31, 2019
Description: Award is open to young composers who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or enrolled students with valid student visas who have not reached their 30th birthday by December 31, 2019.

John Lennon Endowed Scholarship
Sponsor: UNCF | Yoko Ono
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate students attending a UNCF member institution and majoring in communications, mass communications, mass media arts, music or performing arts.

SBO Annual Esasy Contest
Sponsor: School band and Orchestra
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 31, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students in grades 4-12 who have an interest in music. Applicant must submit an essay on how their musical instrument matches their personality.

Kelly Lynn Lutz Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: Kelly Lynn Lutz Foundation
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: January 10, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students in Kansas and Missouri who have lost at least one parent (biological or non) to cancer before the age of 22. Applicant must have an interest in education, arts, environment, math, or science.

College Achievement Awards
Sponsor: Polanki
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: January 13, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to college juniors and seniors, and current graduate students (preferred GPA of at least 3.0) who are either Wisconsin residents or attending a Wisconsin college or university. Applicant must be of Polish ancestry OR have studied Polish language, history, society, culture OR significantly engaged in Polish culture. In addition to the general scholarships, there are scholarships open to students engaged in science, music, dance, or theatre.

Future Jazz Master Scholarship
Sponsor: BMI Foundation
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: January 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current students attending a U.S. college or university who are between the ages of 17 and 24 years of age. Applicant must be pursuing an advanced academic degree in Jazz Performance, Jazz Studies, or related studies.

John Lennon Scholarship
Sponsor: BMI Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: January 15, 2020
Description: Scholarships are open to current full-time or part-time students of a U.S. college or university who are between the ages of 17 and 24 years of age. Applicant must submit one original song with lyrics that are accompanied by whatever instrumentation chosen by the applicant.

Nashville Songwriting Scholarship
Sponsor: BMI Foundation
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: January 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to current students of a U.S. college or university between the ages of 17 and 24 years of age. Applicant must submit an original song in any of the following genres: Americana, blues, bluegrass, contemporary Christian, country, folk, and roots.

peermusic Latin Scholarship
Sponsor: BMI Foundation
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: January 15, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled at a college or university located in the United States or Puerto Rico who are between the ages of 17 and 24 years of age. Applicant must submit an original song or instrumental work in any Latin genre.

BMI Student Composer Awards
Sponsor: BMI Foundation, Inc.
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: February 1, 2020
Description: Award is open to citizens of a country in the Western Hemisphere who is engaged in the study of music with a recognized and established teacher (other than a relative). Applicant must have been born on after February 2, 1992. Applicant must submit one composition.

Ruth K. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: Choristers Guild
Amount: Up to $1,500
Closing Date: February 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to junior and senior college students and graduate students who are full-time Music majors with choral church music as a primary intent.

Winston Classical Voice Scholarships
Sponsor: National Society of Arts and Letters
Amount: $12,000
Closing Date: February 1, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens between the ages of 16 and 22 years of age. Applicant must submit a ten-minute vocal performance. Scholarship funds are for private study, special training or personal advancement in the applicants’ future careers. The funds cannot be used for college tuition, housing or travel.

Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program
Sponsor: California State Fair
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: March 3, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students who are legal residents of California. There are 14 categories of scholarships – see website for details. In addition to the general scholarships, there are specific scholarships open to Agriculture, Art, Business, Culinary Arts, Education, Enology, Hospitality Management or Viticulture majors.

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