Northwestern students perform during a concert.

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.

The Music Performance Scholarship is available to any student regardless of major and can be renewed annually. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of past music experience, potential for further development, music teacher recommendation, and an audition. Auditions can be scheduled to coincide with an admissions Preview Day  or RED101: Admitted Student Day.  You may also audition when you come to campus for an individual visit if you schedule with the music department in advance. Completing applications prior to March 1 is highly recommended to receive full scholarship consideration.

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Northwestern offers several $1,850 McGilvra Music Scholarships. The McGilvra Music Scholarships are available to incoming freshman music majors, though music minors and transfer students will also be considered. These scholarships are renewable for all four years of college study and are available in the following areas: vocal, keyboard, music ministry, percussion, strings, brass, woodwinds and composition. (To be considered for the McGilvra Composition Scholarship, applicants must submit one or two compositions in manuscript, PDF, or Finale format. Email Nora Verburg for details.) To apply for a McGilvra Scholarship, simply submit the online application for a Music Performance Scholarship. Those who list music as their intended major or minor will be considered for a McGilvra Scholarship. Preference will be given to students with declared majors in music. However, if there are not qualified recipients in any of the fields listed above, students with music minors may be considered. Apply by Feb. 10.

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.