Music Scholarships

College Scholarships

Most South Carolina colleges and universities offer scholarships to music majors, but many also offer scholarships to non-majors who play in their ensembles. This means students who plan to major in something besides music (eg. Business, Nursing, Engineering) can earn a music scholarship if they agree to play in the university orchestra. Each school's audition requirements are different, so it's important to ask about the school's scholarship audition requirements. To find out which schools offer scholarships to non-majors, click HERE.

To earn a scholarship for private lessons or summer music camps, see below.

Young Artist String Competition

For Grades 9-12

Application Deadline is in October and the Competition is in November. Click on the above link for more details.

  • First Place: $500, scholarship of up to $5,000 for undergraduate studies at College of Charleston* and a performance at Piccolo Spoleto Festival Young Artist Concerts Series
  • Second Place: $250, scholarship of up to $2,500 for undergraduate studies at College of Charleston* and a performance at Piccolo Spoleto Festival Young Artist Concerts Series
  • Third Place: $100, scholarship of up to $1,000 for undergraduate studies at College of Charleston* and a performance at Piccolo Spoleto Festival Young Artist Concerts Series

* Scholarship prizes are contingent upon the student's meeting the academic criteria to enter the College of Charleston. Scholarships are for one year only, but can be renewed depending on student's performance. The Young Artist String Competition reserves the right not to award certain prizes.

Charleston Symphony Orchestra League

Click on the above link for application forms, deadlines, and audition dates.

  • Application Deadline: January 15 (check their website to make sure it hasn't changed)
  • Audition Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015.

Students may apply for ONE of these three scholarships:

$2,000 College Scholarships and $2,500 David and Karen Stahl Memorial Scholarship: Graduating high school seniors who plan to major in music performance, therapy or education in college. Application with a minimum GPA of 2.5, SAT score of 1000 (not including the Writing score) or ACT of 21, letters of recommendation, and a successful audition. Up to five scholarships; applicant with highest audition score will be honored with the David and Karen Stahl Memorial Scholarship and 4 additional scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded.

Matching Grant Awards: The CSOL® offers $250 per semester ($500 total), matched by the parent or guardian, for private music study. Offered to Members of the Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry. Requirements: YOLow member, application, and successful audition. Number offered: Up to five scholarships

Summer Study Awards: Offered to Tri-county music students, 5th grade or older. Requirements: Application, involvement in current musical study, successful audition, and proof of summer study plans.

Charleston Music Club

Organized on October 12, 1936, the Charleston Music Club is a chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the South Carolina Federation of Music Clubs. Their purpose is to cultivate musical talent and promote the appreciation and understanding of music, to stimulate interest in music through the presentation of musical programs, and to aid young musicians through the award of scholarships.

The Charleston Music Club awards scholarships to deserving music students for summer music study and private lessons. Auditions for these awards are held every January. A recital given by the scholarship awards winners takes place at the April meeting. Funds to support the awards program are raised through donations and annual fund raising efforts. Many of the scholarships are named in the memory of donors and other outstanding musicians and teachers. All donations are tax deductible.

Young Chamber Musicians Competition

Calling all young classical musicians between the ages of 14 and 23 in North and South Carolina!

89.9 FM WDAV Classical Public Radio, with the generous support of OrthoCarolina, is launching the Young Chamber Musicians Competition for exceptionally talented young musicians (ages 14-23) in North and South Carolina. Aspiring young chamber ensembles are invited to submit video performances for a chance to win their share of $4,500 in cash prizes and regional recognition. Six finalists will be invited to perform in a live, judged concert at Tyler-Tallman Hall on the Davidson College campus. Stay in the loop! Sign up to receive competition news and announcements.

Hilton Head Youth Symphony Concerto Competition

Since 2000, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra has sponsored a Youth Concerto Competition. Its purpose is to provide talented young musician the opportunity to perform standard orchestral repertoire from memory before an audience. Click on the link above for audition details

Jack Kent Cook Scholarship ($10,000)

This is a competitive talent based scholarship that is targeted at talented lower income students. Click on the link for more information.