The Northwestern College music department offers a variety of scholarships for students who are either music majors or who are involved in music at NWC.
Music Performance Scholarship
The Music Performance Scholarship is available to any student regardless of major. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of past music experience, potential for further development, recommendations from music teachers and an audition. The scholarship is renewable, and awards are evaluated on a yearly basis.
2012-13 audition dates
- December (scheduled by appointment)
- Monday, Jan. 14
- Friday, Jan. 25
- Saturday, Feb. 9
- Monday, Feb. 18
To apply, download the application form and follow the instructions for submitting references and scheduling an audition. To request more information, contact music department secretary Nora Verburg by e-mail or phone, 712-707-7062.
McGilvra Music Scholarship
Northwestern offers seven $1,000 McGilvra Music Scholarships. The McGilvra Music Scholarships are available to incoming freshman music majors, renewable for all four years of college study, and available in the following areas: vocal, keyboard, music ministry, percussion, strings, brass and woodwinds. To apply, download and submit the application form by Feb. 10. Applicants for a McGilvra Music Scholarship must submit all application materials for a Music Performance Scholarship and participate in an on-campus interview.
Music Department Scholarship
The Music Department Scholarship is a $1,500 competitive one-year scholarship available to an incoming freshman or transfer student who intends to major in music or music ministry at Northwestern. Students who have applied for the Music Performance Scholarship and who have declared music or music ministry as their major can submit an application for the Music Department Scholarship. An essay and interview with the music department faculty are part of the application process for this scholarship.
Other music scholarships
Alumni and friends of Northwestern College have established a number of privately funded scholarships for musically talented students currently attending NWC. Some—but not all—require the recipients to be music majors. The application process varies, but usually involves an audition or submission of an essay describing the development of the student’s gift of music.