There are several scholarships available to Dickinson College students to aid them in the study of music.

Prospective students wishing to be considered for merit scholarships please see #1 below and follow option A on the Prospective Students page.

1. MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO INCOMING FIRST YEAR STUDENTS

The following 3 scholarships are awarded by Admissions on the recommendation of music faculty as result of auditions/interviews:

JOHN DICKINSON SCHOLARSHIP - on the Recommendation of Music Faculty ($20,000 + lesson fee waiver)

The John Dickinson Scholarship is worth $80,000 for eight semesters of full-time study at the college. It is Dickinson’s highest recognition for academic achievement and leadership. Recipients are top students in a challenging high-school curriculum, demonstrated through significant advanced coursework and most grades at the A (4.0) level. They have SAT scores of 1350+ (Critical Reading plus Math) or an ACT composite score of 31+ and show evidence of leadership in school or community activities. The scholarship may be awarded based upon superior academic achievement paired with the recommendation of the department, in this case on musical achievement and promise demonstrated in live audition/interview.

Recipients awarded this scholarship on recommendation of the music faculty additionally receive a waiver of performance-studies fees, a value of up to $1,500 per year, or $6,000 over four years, in addition to the John Dickinson Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable based on continued enrollment and the maintenance of at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Recipients of this award on recommendation of music faculty must commit to active membership in a faculty-led music department co-curricular ensemble, enroll in performance studies and/or academic courses in music each semester of on-campus enrollment, though they may or may not major in music. Upon receiving and accepting the award, recipients are assigned a music faculty advisor who assists the recipients with designing their particular paths and advises on musical options.

BENJAMIN RUSH SCHOLARSHIP on the Recommendation of Music Faculty ($15,000 + lesson fee waiver)

The Benjamin Rush Scholarship is worth $60,000 for eight semesters of full-time study at the college. Recipients are strong students in a challenging high-school curriculum, demonstrated through significant advanced coursework and most grades at the A (4.0) level. They have SAT scores of 1350+ (Critical Reading plus Math) or an ACT composite score of 31+ and show evidence of leadership in school or community activities. The scholarship may be awarded based upon superior academic achievement paired with the recommendation of the department, in this case on musical achievement and promise demonstrated in live audition/interview.

Recipients awarded this scholarship on recommendation of the music faculty additionally receive a waiver of performance-studies fees, a value of up to $1,500 per year, or $6,000 over four years, in addition to the Benjamin Rush Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable based on continued enrollment and the maintenance of at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Recipients of this award on recommendation of music faculty must commit to active membership in a faculty-led music department co-curricular ensemble, enroll in performance studies and/or academic courses in music each semester of on-campus enrollment, though they may or may not major in music. Upon receiving and accepting the award, recipients are assigned a music faculty advisor who assists the recipients with designing their particular paths and advises on musical options.

JOHN MONTGOMERY SCHOLARSHIP on the Recommendation of Music Faculty ($10,000 + lesson fee waiver)

The John Montgomery Scholarship is worth $40,000 for eight semesters of full-time study at the college. Recipients have strong grades in a challenging high-school curriculum and demonstrate exceptional talent in any of a variety of areas, including the performing or studio arts, foreign-language acquisition, independent research or writing, leadership on a regional or national level, etc.

Recipients awarded this scholarship on recommendation of the music faculty based on exceptional musical talent and promise additionally receive a waiver of performance-studies fees, a value of up to $1,500 per year, or $6,000 over four years, in addition to the John Montgomery Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable based on continued enrollment and the maintenance of at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Recipients of this award on recommendation of music faculty must commit to active membership in a faculty-led music department co-curricular ensemble, enroll in performance studies and/or academic courses in music each semester of on-campus enrollment, though they may or may not major in music. Upon receiving and accepting the award, recipients are assigned a music faculty advisor who assists the recipients with designing their particular paths and advises on musical options.

Contact the admissions office at admissions@dickinson.edu with any questions regarding the John Dickinson, Benjamin Rush or John Montgomery Scholarships.

The following scholarship is awarded by the Music Department as result of auditions/interviews:

THE BULLARD MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP ($1000 + lesson fee waiver)

The Bullard Music Scholarship honors Dr. Truman Bullard, Professor Emeritus of Music at Dickinson College. Dr. Bullard taught music history and directed the College Choir and was a beloved mentor to generations of students past and present. Recipients may be recognized in appropriate College publications as Bullard Music Scholars.

The Bullard Scholarship is a merit-based award for first-year students who show exceptional promise in music. The annual amount of the award is $1000, with the scholarship renewable each year for a total of four years. In addition, performance-studies fees for lessons are waived for the Bullard scholars (a value of up to $6,000 over four years). Bullard scholars are recommended to Admissions by the music department faculty.  To be considered for a Bullard Scholarship, SlideRoom submissions must be in video format. An advanced level of singing/playing, academic writing, or composition portfolio is expected.

Bullard Scholars must commit to meritorious participation in a faculty-led music department ensemble and enroll in a performance studies and/or academic music course each semester that they are on campus.  Renewal of the scholarship is based on maintenance of a 3.0 cumulative GPA in music lessons or classes.

Bullard Scholars are not required to major in music. Recipients of this scholarship who are considering majoring in music performance are strongly advised to enroll in a full credit of study in performance in the First year fall. Students considering majoring in music are also advised to enroll in MUAC 125 in their first year.  Questions about the scholarship should be directed to the Chair of the Music Department.

2. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO ALL ENROLLED STUDENTS based on financial need (swan / long) and/or ability to contribute to ensembles (co-curricular). These scholarships aid students in covering the cost of performance studies lessons.

The David Long Memorial Scholarships and Alfred Swan Memorial Scholarships

The Swan/Long Scholarships are awarded each semester by vote of the Music Department faculty. To be eligible, students must be qualified for financial aid at the college as verified by the Office of Financial Aid. To apply for a scholarship, download & print the application. Follow the instructions and return the completed form to the Music Department Academic Department Coordinator during the semester previous to enrollment. Deadlines are May 1 for the fall semester of study, and December 1 for the spring semester of study.

Scholarships will be accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis, and awarded as they become available. However, priority will be given to students who meet these deadlines.

Letters of application should state any/all college ensembles in which you currently participate, why playing/singing are important to you, how you envision lessons to aid you, and financial need, if any. If a particular instrument or voice are taught by more than one instructor, you may indicate a preference if you wish, but all decisions about studio placement will be made by the coordinator of that instrument or voice area.

Preference is given to students who are making their first application for these scholarships and is also given to students who have made, or will make, a significant contribution to the Departmental Ensemble program. Every effort is made to distribute these scholarships as evenly as possible among the various instruments and voice offered in the curriculum. These scholarships pay directly for half-hour lesson fee charged by Dickinson College for courses in Performance Studies, upon faculty vote. Students taking full hour lessons and receiving scholarships are responsible for the other half of the full hour lesson fee. Withdrawal from the course may result in revocation of the scholarships, in which case the recipient will be responsible for paying the Performance-Studies fee.

Ensemble Scholarships

The Ensemble Scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in performance studies courses and is contingent upon one semester of dedicated participation in a Departmental Ensemble, including Choir, Collegium, DICE, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and chamber music. To maintain an Ensemble Scholarship, the recipient must participate in one or more Department Ensembles according to the conditions for participation outlined in the ensemble syllabus. Failure to meet those conditions may result in revocation of the scholarship, in which case the recipient will be responsible for paying the Performance-Studies fees. The application process is the same as for the Swan/Long Scholarships (described above).