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Scholarship and Grants

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Internal Scholarships

INSTITUTIONAL ASSISTANCE

Talent Scholarship
Future Teacher Grant
H.E. Nutt Academic Excellence Grant
Dean’s List Grant
VCM Need Grant
VCM Work
VCM Alumni Association Scholarship
Esprit de Corps
James E. Clark Scholarship
Lew and Gerry Schmidt Scholarship
Wisconsin Music Educators Scholarship

(Refer to VCM Guide to Grants, Scholarships and Loans below for more complete information on these assistance programs.)

Grants

A grant is a type of gift aid that does not need to be paid back. The amount awarded is usually based on financial need and is generally provided by the federal government, state government or VanderCook College of Music.

Type

Amount

Who is eligible?

How to Apply

Other information

VCM Future Teacher Grant

$500 for one year

Transfer or new undergraduate students.

Referral by your high school music director and referral forms submitted with application to VCM. Referral cards available from the VCM Admissions Office.

Grant is given for the first year of attendance. It is not renewable.

VCM H.E. Nutt Academic Excellence Grant

$1,000 annually

First time undergraduate students who are in the top 15% of their graduating class and have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Transcripts will be evaluated as part of your admissions process.

This grant is renewable and is reviewed annually. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA to maintain this grant aid.

VCM Need Grants

$250-$2,000 annually

Undergraduate student demonstrating financial need.

Submit a FAFSA by March 1.

Based on need according to the VCM financial aid office. Awards are reviewed annually.

VCM Dean's List

$200 per semester

Undergraduate students with a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher

Grade reports are automatically evaluated at the end of each term.

The award is applied to the following semester's tuition and fees.

 

Scholarships

A scholarship is a type of gift aid that rewards a student for grades, talent, financial need or a specific career interest. Scholarships do not typically need to be repaid, although some scholarships have program requirements and/or obligations.Make sure you understand the terms and conditions before you accept any money.

Type

Amount

Who is eligible?

How to Apply

Other information

VCM Talent Scholarship

Up to $2,500 annually

All VCM undergraduate students. Award amounts are based on merit.

Play an audition as part of your application to the college.  A completed application to VCM is required to receive an award.

This grant is renewable and is reviewed annually.

VCM Apprentice Scholarship

$550 for the first semester

Undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. 

Submit a FAFSA by March 1.

Based on need according to the VCM financial aid office. Awards are reviewed annually. Students who receive this scholarship work up to six hours a week with faculty and staff members as a non-instructional assistant.

VCM James E. Clark Scholarship

Up to $1,000 annually

Students residing in the state of Georgia who demonstrate talent, financial need and a desire to become a music educator.

Submit a FAFSA by March 1.

Play an audition as part of your application to the college.  A completed application to VCM is required to receive an award.

This scholarship is renewable and is reviewed annually.

VCM Lew and Gerry Schmidt Instrumental Music Education Scholarship

Up to $500

Awarded to aspiring band directors who merit special assistance. Preference is given to Wisconsin residents.

Submit a FAFSA by March 1.

Play an audition as part of your application to the college.  A completed application to VCM is required to receive an award.

This scholarship is given for the first year of attendance. It is not renewable.

VCM Alumni Association Award

$250

This scholarship is awarded each spring to a junior level student.

Nominations are made by faculty and staff members and are based on merit.

This is a one-time award and is not renewable.

VCM Esprit de Corps Award

$200

This scholarship is awarded each spring to four students; one each at the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior level.

Nominations are made by faculty and staff members and are based on merit.

This is a one-time award and is not renewable.

Wisconsin Music Educators Association Scholarship

$250-$500

Awarded to aspiring music directors who merit special assistance. Preference is given to Wisconsin residents.

Submit a FAFSA by March 1.

Play an audition as part of your application to the college.  A completed application to VCM is required to receive an award.

This scholarship is given for the first year of attendance. It is not renewable.

 

External Scholarships

FinAid!

http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/

fastweb!

http://www.fastweb.com/

Cappex

http://www.cappex.com/

Mapping Your Future

http://mappingyourfuture.org/paying/scholarshipresources.htm

SallieMae

http://go.salliemae.com/scholarship/

US BANK

www.usbank.com/scholarship

By State:
http://www.musicscholarships.us/state-music-scholarships.html

Hispanic Scholarship Fund:
http://www.hsf.net/

General Music Scholarships:

http://www.musicscholarships.us/

http://www.musicscholarships.us/composer-music-scholarships.html

http://www.musicscholarships.us/general-music-scholarships.html

http://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-major/music-scholarships/

http://collegesavings.about.com/od/weeklyscholarshipupdate/a/musicscholars.htm

http://www.mendelssohnpac.org/awards-and-scholarships/index.cfm

http://www.cappex.com/scholarship/listings/Gree-Womens-University-Club-Scholarship/-s-d-1532/

http://www.womenbanddirectors.org/awards.html

http://www.aie.org/wootan/

http://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-major/music-scholarships/

http://aynrandnovels.org/essay-contests.html

http://www.bmifoundation.org/program/john_lennon_scholarships

http://www.gmsp.org/publicweb/Scholarships.aspx

http://www.ldail.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=23&Itemid=130

http://www.dupageco.org/Content.aspx?id=1767&terms=scholarship

https://www.cfm10208.com/display.php?id=168
(Copies of current CFM application can be found in the Financial Aid Office)

Graduate Scholarship

http://www.willenslaw.com/anything-but-law-school-graduate-scholarship/

Other Potential Scholarships:

Civic Organizations
Parent's Employment
Student's Employment

Applying for scholarships can seem challenging. Typically scholarship programs are intended to reward those individuals who have worked hard in their chosen career path.  Your application should demonstrate that you have the discipline, attention to detail and enthusiasm to make the scholarship donors proud they selected you.

Here are a few tips that will hopefully make your application stand out from the crowd.

1.      Apply locally.  You have the best chance for success at the local level. A national competition may attract hundreds.

2.      Follow directions.  By not following direction your application may be dismissed. Did you meet the GPA requirements?

3.      Write and then rewrite your essay.  This is your opportunity to give donors a chance to know you and your goals better. Address the question given.

4.      Assemble the packet.  Prepare a neat application. It will show donors you pay attention to detail. Make sure your letters of recommendation letters are current. It is helpful to put the papers in the order requested. For example application on top followed by letters of recommendation then essay.

Allow optimal time to apply for most scholarship is late winter to early spring

 
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