University Scholarships and Financial Aid

A detailed description of university-based awards and related support can be found in the current Undergraduate Catalog and online from the BYU Home Page (see “Admissions and Aid”). Included there is information on eligibility, scholarships, university policies on scholarships, BYU short-term loans, federal programs, and tax information. For more information contact the Scholarship Office, 801-422-4104.

School of Music Scholarships

School of Music scholarships are awarded to first-year students largely based on the quality of their entrance audition and in subsequent years through their achievement in the major they have selected (e.g., Performance, Education, Commercial Music, etc.). These awards are based on both the talent and the future promise of each student in his or her chosen professional career track and on the amount of funds available. For incoming students, the application for scholarships is included in the application to the School of Music. See the “Application Process” section for the relevant deadlines.

Recipients of music scholarships must abide by the university scholarship requirements currently in effect. In addition, expectations of the School of Music for all School of Music scholarship award recipients are listed below.

  • Music major status.
  • BYU Cumulative GPA: 3.0; Major GPA: 3.0.
  • Registration in and satisfactory completion of private instruction (A or A- in 250R, 260R, 360R, 460R) and a large ensemble each semester as assigned and required by the student’s major.
  • Completion of sufficient music theory, history, and literature courses to stay on track for graduation.
  • Completion of sufficient general education and religion courses to stay on track for graduation.
  • Registration in a minimum of 12 credit hours EACH semester (fall and winter semesters). Registration in a minimum of 6.0 credit hours during spring and/or summer terms (for a spring and/or summer award).
  • Additional or more specific requirements, as set by the donor, may apply.

Note: Music scholarships are ONE-YEAR AWARDS unless otherwise specifically stated. ALL students must complete a scholarship renewal application online (available through the School of Music Information System portal) before the end of the Winter semester of each academic year in order to be considered for scholarships for the next academic year. If you do not apply, we will assume you do not wish to be considered for a scholarship award. Students who continue to make good progress towards their degree often see their scholarship renewed or, on occasion, increased. University policy limits scholarship eligibility for all students to eight semesters of college enrollment or 160 credit hours, whichever comes first. Exceptions to University or School of Music policies may be granted, at the initiative of the student, when there are extenuating circumstances.

Some of the scholarships awarded by the School of Music are “named” awards. These awards are established according to the requirements determined by their donors for specific purposes, and the recipients of these awards often must fulfill those additional requirements, as well as those stated above. The scholarship recipients are expected to respond in writing to the donors, thanking them for their donation.

School of Music Need-Based Awards

The School of Music annually gives out a limited number of need-based awards. If you wish to be considered for a need-based award, you must also complete the university financial aid application online through myBYU, to which the School of Music will refer. The Student Financial Aid Office administers other forms of financial aid, such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans.

For Further Information

If you have questions about your scholarship eligibility or award, speak directly either with the faculty member who supervises your major or the Assistant Director for Admissions, Scholarships, and Student Support (Mark Ammons, in C-550A). If you wish to be considered for any other university scholarship (such as an award for academic performance), you must apply for that scholarship online through myBYU. University scholarship deadlines may be found here.

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