There are many scholarship and funding opportunities for music students, some of which are based on merit (winning a competition) and some are based on financial need. Even if financial need is a qualification, the student STILL must demonstrate above average to superior progress in music, and such scholarships are never granted until the student has demonstrated this ability (usually after 5 years of lessons).
KMI Programs: If the cost of a music education is difficult for your family, please refer to this web page to learn about ways that KMI helps families afford music education (Merit Scholarship, Free Lesson incentive, and Discounts for Families). Most of these programs apply only to children, but the Merit Scholarship for participation in Juried Evaluations is available to ALL KMI students of all ages.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars: This foundation grants financial assistance to music students beginning in their 8th grade of school. Applicants must be currently in the 7th grade, must meet income qualifications, and must demonstrate commitment and high achievement. A total of 50 students are awarded scholarhip each year (from a pool of 1000 applicatns) and the scholarship assistance can continue through graduation from High School. Check out their web site for details.
PPTA Camp Scholarship: Music students who wish to intensify their musical education through a summer music camp, and receive partial scholarship of up to $300 by enterring the Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Camp Scholarship Competition. See web site for details.
FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS APPLYING TO COLLEGES:
PPTA College Scholarship: Students who will study music in college (as major or minor) may earn an annual scholarship of $1000 or more (each year the award varies), providing the student studies piano and gives a recital for each year of the award. See web site for details.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship for College and Graduate School: This foundation grants substantial financial assistance to students attending college or graduate school (up to $50,000). See the web site for more details.