Scholarship Information

Most students at Lewis University receive some form of financial aid, whether that be from the institution or the government. Various forms of financial aid based upon merit and demonstrable need are available, and these can be combined into a financial aid package; these require the submission of the FAFSA. For more information, students should visit the Office of Financial Aid Services in the LRC Building, or contact them at (815)836-5263 or

Department Talent Scholarships

The Department of Music has a limited number of Talent Scholarships which are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional musical ability and the potential for contributing to the life of the Music Department. An audition for the faculty is required for consideration. Because these scholarships are not tied to student or family need, it is not necessary to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ('FAFSA') to receive a Talent Scholarship. Students chosen to receive Talent Scholarships must major in music or music business.

The maximum award for talent scholarships is $3000 per academic year, which represents approximately 10% of the average tuition. Lewis students frequently receive additional assistance to augment this award. Contact the Financial Aid office at Lewis to learn more about other financial awards.

Due to Lewis' open enrollment, it is not necessary to audition to declare music or music business as a major; however, most music and music business majors do audition for a talent scholarship. Since funding for these talent scholarships is limited, prospective students are strongly encouraged to audition as soon as possible. Prospective students can audition in voice, instrument, composition, or music production. Students who do not live near Lewis University may audition remotely via video web conferencing.

To schedule an talent scholarship audition, contact the Department of Music by calling (815)836-5619 or sending an email.

Endowed and Annual Scholarships

Music and Music Business majors can also apply for annual endowed scholarships that have been set up by generous individuals and estates. To apply for one of these scholarships, contact the Office of Financial Aid Services at (815)836-5263 or

Sean P. Murphy Annual Scholarship for Music $1,000
Daniel and Phyllis Binder $1,400
McGirr Fine Arts Annual Scholarship $1,500
Thomas Gullett $2,000
Thomas J. Secor Music Scholarship $1,100

Ensemble Scholarships

The Music Department also awards a select number of $1000 scholarships to students, regardless of major, to participate in various ensembles. These scholarships are awarded based upon an audition. To learn more about these scholarships, contact the Department of Music.