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Music Scholarship Application

Department of Music

Lauterbach, Presidential, Hokey Pokey, and Music Scholarship Awards

Description of Awards

The College of Southern Idaho Department of Music will award up to $100,000.00 in scholarships to deserving individuals for the 2023-2024 academic school year. Each scholarship will pay for a portion of undergraduate resident tuition and fees for the fall and spring semesters. Recipients must be full-time students and actively participate in the Music Department. Students looking for a challenging and rewarding musical experience are encouraged to apply. This application must be accompanied by the requested additional information (see below).


In order that the Music Department may guide and counsel students more effectively, we ask that all students applying for a music scholarship perform an audition. Auditions are not torture sessions. We use the audition to enable you to win a scholarship, not to eliminate you. We ask that you perform two selections: something slow and something fast. Memorization is encouraged but not required. You may also be asked to play scales and/or sight-read. If needed, you may perform portions of your selections.

Auditions for the 2023-2024 school year will be in person. Video submissions can be arranged on an as-needed basis. Please contact Sue Miller at 208-732-6769 or to schedule your audition. We will meet with ALL applicants (in person or by Zoom) on Saturday, March 11, 2023.

To be eligible for the first round of scholarship awards, all application materials must be received by Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at NOON.

Please be sure to include the following information:
  1. A short letter requesting consideration for a Music Talent Award, including a statement about your educational and career goals, potential as a music student and financial need.
  2. Include two letters of recommendation from individuals who know your potential as a musician and/or student.
  3. Please detail what instruments (or voice) you have studied, how long you have studied each, and whether you have had private or class lessons. Describe what training you’ve had in the theory or rudiments of music. Outline your musical experiences: performances, ensemble membership, contests, recitals, honors, etc. If you are a continuing student, give the details of your music coursework and experience.
  4. Official transcripts from high school and/or colleges you have attended. Current cumulative grade point average should be clearly defined.
  5. Describe the difference music has made in your life, why you chose it as a course of study, and what music means to you.