The School of Music is excited to have a community of donors and friends who are committed to supporting our promising performers. Students are encouraged to apply each year for scholarship consideration. A variety of factors will be taken into consideration when our committee reviews the applications. These factors may include academic achievement, financial need, residency and talent.


For academic year 2018-2019, the school awarded scholarships and tuition waivers to 82 students totaling $180,000.

All students receiving awards from the School of Music must meet the following requirements:

  • Registered as full-time students (minimum of 12 credits)

  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0

  • Must renew their scholarship application each year

  • Must meet specific requirements, detailed in award letter

Scholarship Audition Weekend

Please join us Friday, January 31st for a showcase of ensembles in the School of Music at Montana State University. We encourage prospective students to reach out to our faculty and set up a trial lesson or a brief meeting/introduction. The following day, February 1st we will be hearing auditions from prospective students and current students. More information to come!

Important Dates

  • Cat Scholarships Application Opens 11/1/2019
  • MSU FAFSA Priority Deadline 12/1/2019
  • The School of Music Showcase, 1/31/2020 7:30PM, Reynolds Recital Hall
  • Scholarship Audition Day is 2/1/2020
  • Priority Application Deadline is 2/1/2020
  • Priority Audition Deadline is 2/24/2020
  • Cat Scholarships Application Closes 5/1/2020

How to Apply

"I am a new student to the School of Music. I will participate in the fall of 2019 or spring of 2020."
Incoming students will apply for scholarships via the Cat Scholarship System. Please follow all directions carefully.

• Cat Scholarships Application Opens 11/1/2019

• Priority Application Deadline is 2/1/2020

• Priority Audition Deadline is 2/24/2020

• Cat Scholarships Application Closes 5/1/2020

Incoming students must apply for Admission to MSU prior to filling out the scholarship application.

Step 1:Apply to Montana State University
Step 2: Receive Letter of Acceptance from MSU Admissions, with Generated Student Identification Number (GID)
Step 3:Establish your NetID (your MSU unique identifier) and set a password.
Step 4:Apply!
Step 5:See audition requirements  here and sign up for a time!

"I am a current student, continuing my participation in MSU School of Music."

  • Cat Scholarships Application Opens 11/1/2019
  • Priority Selection Deadline is 2/1/2020
  • Cat Scholarships Application Closes 5/1/2020

Apply Now!

What's the difference between tuition waivers and scholarships? 

Tuition Waivers

  • 75% of our awards come from tuition waivers
  • Available to majors and non-music majors
  • Waivers can only be applied to tuition costs
  • Students may only receive one waiver per semester. WUE, Presidential and MSU Employee dependent waivers cannot be stacked with a School of Music waiver. It is advised that the student accept the largest waiver.


  • Come from donated funds
  • Amounts vary depending on sufficient funding
  • Majority require recipient to be a Music Major, although a select few can be awarded to non-music majors
  • May be applied to tuition and fees. Excess will be refunded back to student