Music Merit Scholarships (Prospective Students Only)

At the recommendation of the Music Department, the College’s three merit scholarships may be augmented with a music scholarship that covers the yearly cost of private studio lessons in one instrument (max. $1,500). The department also awards one annual Bullard scholarship to a talented applicant. The possible annual award levels are as follows:

  • John Dickinson Scholarship ($20,000 + lesson fees)
  • Benjamin Rush Scholarship ($15,000 + lesson fees)
  • John Montgomery Scholarship ($10,000 + lesson fees)
  • Bullard Music Scholarship ($1,000 + lesson fees)

Scholarship recipients are not required to major in music, but they must meet certain standards while in residence. All scholarship recipients must: a) participate fully in a faculty-led music department ensemble, and b) enroll in performance studies lessons or an academic music course each semester.

To be considered for these scholarships, prospective students must submit supplemental material via Slideroom (which can be found through the Common Application). The department accepts materials related to performance, composition, and academic work in music history, theory, or ethnomusicology. Guidelines for submission materials must be followed and deadlines met in order to assure your application will be reviewed.

On the basis of these submissions, the department invites a number of prospective students and their families for an on-campus audition day. Students who are unable to attend may also schedule an alternative format interview by emailing the department (

All faculty assessments are confidential and communicated directly to Dickinson’s Office of Admissions for consideration with your entire application to Dickinson. The Office of Admissions makes all final decisions with regard to acceptance to the College and scholarship awards.