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.

ALL STUDENTS MUST FILL OUT THE FAFSA TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ALL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS.

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.

Scholarships

  • 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