VanderCook Scholars Program


VanderCook Scholars Program 

High school seniors looking to turn their passion for music into a career may be eligible for the VanderCook Scholars Program. A student who is accepted into the VanderCook Scholars Program will receive a four-year FREE tuition scholarship.To be eligible for the VanderCook Scholars Program, candidates must be accepted into the Bachelor of Music Education Program and attend VCM as a full-time student for four years.


After Federal and State grants and/or scholarships (e.g.: PELL, MAP, MTI, Golden Apple, etc) are applied, tuition will be paid in full for up to one student per year on each of the following instruments: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, guitar, treble vocal, tenor/bass vocal, violin, viola, cello and bass.
*Scholarship recipients are responsible for all housing costs and any fees normally associated with the cost of attendance.


Criteria for Consideration

•  Applicants must be high school seniors entering college in the fall with a weighted cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
•  Perform at a high level, as demonstrated by the candidate’s VanderCook audition scores and by the high school director recommendation and/or All-State participation. 


Note: VanderCook Scholars may qualify for the Performer’s Certificate ProgramEligible students may choose to concurrently participate in this performance-oriented program, designed to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional performance ability.
•  If eligible, complete a FAFSA by the priority deadline of December 31st.

How to Apply

VanderCook College of Music operates on a rolling admission basis. Start Your Application Now
Deadlines for the VanderCook Scholars Program:
  December 1, 2021 - Priority FAFSA Deadline 
  December 31, 2021 - Priority Deadline VanderCook Scholars Program. Applications submitted by this date are given priority consideration.
  February 15, 2022 - Final application deadline. All documents must be submitted, including letters of recommendation, personal statement, etc.
•  February 15, 2022 - Audition deadline.
•  March 1, 2022 - Offers sent.
•  April 1, 2022 - Enrollment Deposit Due for students commiting to VanderCook Scholars Program.

Criteria for Award Continuance

•  Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
•  Remain in good standing with all departments of the college.
•  Participate in major ensembles every semester.
•  Meet performance-level criteria to remain in the VanderCook Scholars Program.

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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