We consider the totality of a student’s potential contribution to the School of Music in our admission and scholarship decisions through a broad range of criteria including:  academics, diversity, leadership, performance, and teaching potential.

University Scholarships and Financial Aid
If you apply for financial aid through the University, you will learn about University scholarships and grants. Music scholarships, awarded by the School of Music and independent of University financial aid, are also available to talented freshmen and transfer students, based primarily on performance ability. Past musical achievement and academic success are also considered in this process.

Note specific deadlines:

                                                          Dec. 1:   Scholarship deadline for first-time students
                                                     Feb 1:      Scholarship deadline for continuing and transfer students
                                                                March 1:  MU priority deadline for receipt of FAFSA

School of Music Scholarships
Music scholarships are primarily directed at talented music and music education majors, but we do have a very small number of non-major scholarships awarded to highly talented performers, espeically in underrepresented instrument/voice areas in our ensembles.  Scholarships awards are based on a performance audition at a Mizzou Music Day.  Please email if you have questions about auditions or sign up now to register for an audition.  In order to maintain a scholarship from year to year, students must maintain a 2.75 GPA, not receive any grade below a C- in a music class, and be a student in good standing with the University.

Scholarship Extension Appeal Process
Our scholarships are automatically renewable for three years if the parameters of the original scholarship letter are kept (grade point, no low grades, good standing, etc).  If a student will be adding a fifth year to their university experience, they need to appeal for an extension of that scholarship to the Scholarship Coordinator, Ben Harting, a full semester before the scholarship would be renewed.  This appeal should come by email and include a short paragraph explaining why the extension is necessary.  This appeal will then be sent to the larger scholarship compliance committee for a decision after checking the necessary parameters.  The student will be notified of the decision by email by the Scholarship Coordinator.  This process usually takes 1-2 weeks for all the communication to be completed.

Music Ensemble Scholarships
Mizzou is unique in providing scholarship support to all students participating in ensembles for credit. This is a separate scholarship program from the talent-based (and audition-required) program mentioned above.

Students who register in a music ensemble course (which include Marching Mizzou, concert bands, jazz bands, choral groups, orchestra, and chamber ensembles) will benefit from the following scholarships:

  • 1 ensemble course: $250 scholarship per semester
  • 2 ensemble courses: $500 scholarship per semester
  • 3 ensemble courses: $650 scholarship per semester(maximum amount per semester)

All music ensemble courses are one-credit-hour courses.

Undergraduate Composition Scholarships

The Mizzou New Music Initiative offers two highly competitive full-tuition scholarships in Composition for entering freshmen seeking a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition.

Composition scholarship recipients will benefit from:

  • Working with distinguished composition faculty members Stefan Freund, Carolina Heredia, Bret Bohman, Yoshiaki Onishi, and Jacob Gotlib;
  • An established composition program that regularly produces national competition winners and places students in top graduate school programs;
  • Opportunities to work with with:
    • The Mizzou New Music Ensemble, dedicated to by performing works by student composers;
    • The MU School of Music faculty on Sinquefield Student Commisioning Projects;
    • St. Louis-area musicians, as part of the Sheldon Commissions program in St. Louis, MO;
    • Visiting ensembles and performers.

This scholarship program is directed at students composing acoustic, electronic, and electroacoustic music. Such music may take the form of solo pieces, pieces accompanied by piano, chamber music, works for larger ensembles such as bands or orchestras, or works for electronic media. We understand that in today’s pluralistic musical world that such music may be influenced by a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to popular.

Each applicant to the Composition program is considered for a full-tuition scholarship.