Music Scholarships

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 and has the potential to be renewed annually. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of past music experience, potential for further development, recommendations from music teachers and an audition. Auditions can be scheduled to coincide with an admissions Preview Day or RED101: Admitted Student Day (dates below). You may also audition when you come to campus for an individual visit if you schedule with the music department in advance. Since the financial aid office begins processing financial aid packages beginning March 1, it's best to audition prior to that date, if possible.

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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. Apply 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.

Apply for a McGilvra 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.

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