Music Scholarship Information

Scholarships for Incoming Majors - DEADLINE: July 15

The Department of Music welcomes all incoming students (including transfer students) planning to major in Music, Music Business, and CS+Music to submit an audition video. Whether you have a traditional music background, or you are have no formal training but have a passion to pursue music seriously for the first time, you can major in music at Lewis! What is your musical story? Singer? Instrumentalist? DJ? Producer? Beat maker? Electronic musician? You are welcome here!

Talent scholarships range between $1000 and $2000 per academic year, and are renewable for four years. Lewis students frequently receive additional assistance to augment this award, and music majors can also audition for ensemble scholarships (see below). 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.

Check Audition Information for instructions on how to audition as a Music, Music Business, or CS+Music major.

Scholarships for All Incoming Lewis Students - DEADLINE: July 15

Did you sing in your high school choir or perform in your jazz band? Were in a rock band? You can continue to pursue your passion of music while at Lewis regardless of your major! The Music Department awards scholarships to incoming (including new transfer) undergraduate students,regardless of major, to participate in various music ensembles. You do not have to be a Music major to audition or participate in music groups at Lewis!

Ensemble scholarships are awarded based upon a video audition, and are typically $1000-$2000. Scholarships are renewable each year as long as the student is continuously enrolled in the ensemble. Only undergraduate incoming students, including transfer, are eligible for these ensemble scholarships.

Scholarships are available for:

    Chamber Choir
    Jazz Band
    Rock Band
    Gospel Choir
Check Audition Information for specific audition instructions for each ensemble.

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 $1,700
McGirr Fine Arts Annual Scholarship $1,500
Thomas Gullett $1,300
Thomas J. Secor Music Scholarship $1,100

Michael L. and Angelique M. Parker Annual Gospel Choir Scholarship , $----
Brenton and Jean Wadsworth Endowed Scholarship, $----
Brother David Delahanty, FSC Endowed Scholarship, $----
Dr. Michael J. Cunningham Endowed Scholarship, $----
Bridget Folliard Terrones Annual Scholarship, $----

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