Music Scholarships

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Music scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding undergraduate music majors. To be considered for a music scholarship, students must create a profile in the Niner Scholars Portal and audition by the scholarship consideration date listed on our Admissions page.

Music scholarships are not the only means of financial assistance available to music majors. The Niner Scholars Portal gives students access to more than 1,600 scholarships awarded by UNC Charlotte, as well as a list of external scholarships. You may also qualify for Federal and State Grants, Federal Student Loans, and/or Federal Work-Study through the Office of Student Financial Aid. Please be sure to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you are eligible.

The Department of Music also offers a number of Federal Work-Study positions specifically targeted to music majors. This offers paid employment–not a loan that you will need to pay back later. If the Office of Student Financial Aid determines that you are eligible to receive Federal Work-Study, we will do our very best to help you maximize your award while gaining professional experience within the department.

I have the Belk Performing Arts scholarship, the Marching Band scholarship, and the Vickie and Gene Johnson marching band scholarship. All of these scholarships really help me when it comes to taking job opportunities and in my grad school preparation.

Christopher Smith, BA in Instrumental Performance

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Support scholarships

Donor support provides invaluable scholarship opportunities to our students. Learn how you can support music scholarships, or email Director of Development, Leslie Antoniel.

scholarship questions?

Please contact the Associate Chair Dr. Jennifer Whitaker, to arrange an appointment time and any questions about departmental scholarships.