Awards & Financial Aid
Warren Babb Award and Nelson Keyes Awards
* Scholarships offered exclusively to composition majors.
* Usually awarded to undergraduates.
* Each is worth about the cost of one semester of tuition.
* May be given to the same student.
* A student may repeat as recipient.
* Available to first-year students.
* No application required.
Although some scholarships are available at the undergraduate level for excellence in Music Composition, performance scholarships are far more common. If your performance audition is a good one, you will be considered for a performance scholarship, for which you will participate in one of the School of Music ensembles. (Be sure to indicate on your application your interest in this option.) Since you will be required to participate in an ensemble each semester that you are here, it's in your interest to perform your audition as well as you can and work to increase your performance skills while here. Of course, playing your instrument or singing at your best is just part of developing into the best musician you can be.
Kentucky-Indiana Reciprocal Tuition
If you are a resident of the lower portion of Indiana, you may be eligible to participate in the program that eliminates out-of-state tuition for study at UofL. Please check with the School of Music office about this possibility. Contact the School of Music for more information about this and other admission issues.
Other Financial Support
In addition to exploring options for financial aid through the University of Louisville Undergraduate or Graduate Offices of Admissions, you may want to consider the options of Work Study and the Cardinal Marching Band.
While Work Study is clearly work, it offers two tremendous benefits: the opportunity to learn specific, real world (marketable) skills and the chance to observe first-hand and directly participate in the inner workings of the music business at the university level. They are many diverse options for Work Study at the School of Music, just a few of which are listed below. Sound and stage technical support Library services support, including the area of audio-visuals, research guidance (including on-line guidance), and circulation in the Anderson Music Library Office and clerical support. Many other opportunities specific to individual degree programs (Be sure to ask about other options when you apply.)
Cardinal Marching Band
The Cardinal Band, under the direction of Dr. Greg Byrne, is an outstanding opportunity to participate in and learn first-hand about the workings of a top level collegiate marching band program. Participation in the band carries a stipend of between $800 and $1000.