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 that 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 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 automatically qualify for the Performer’s Certificate Program.  Eligible 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 1st.


How to Apply

VanderCook College of Music operates on a rolling admission basis. Start Your Application Now


Deadlines for the VanderCook Scholars Program:

The priority deadline for VanderCook Scholars Program applicants is December 31, 2020. Applications submitted by this date are given priority consideration.

•  February 5, 2021 - Final application deadline

•  February 15, 2021 - Audition deadline

•  March 1, 2021 - Enrollment deposit due if accepted into the program


Criteria for Award Continuance

•  Maintain a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA.


•  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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