Scholarships & Competitions

Scholarship & Work Study 2020

Priority financial aid Deadline: March 15th, 2020 (part of the admissions application). Applications submitted after this date may be considered if funding is available.

Award amount: Award amount ranges based on merit and financial need.

SSMF awards two types of aid, funded by our generous endowment benefactors and Festival supporters, are awarded on the basis of merit and need.

NOTE – when you apply to SSMF and do not request need based financial aid, you will only be considered for merit based aid.

Merit-Based Scholarships

All students will be considered for merit based scholarship support based on the quality of your application and the needs of the festival. Merit based awards are made early, so if you are interested in a merit award, we suggest you complete your application ASAP.  Merit awards are not based on student or family financial need.

Work Study

To be considered for need based work study, you must complete the financial aid portion of the online application. Work study students will be expected to complete a set number of hours each week in a variety of tasks based on their experience and skills.  These positions could include work in the office, front of house, library or production/stage crew.

Students can receive both merit-based scholarship and work study aid to attend Sewanee.
Over 60% of our festival participants receive some kind of financial aid to attend Sewanee.

Scholarship FAQ’s

Q) Can I appeal my scholarship offer?

a) Yes, and from time to time the festival can increase your award.  However, in order to retain your position at the festival, you must deposit 14 days after being notified of your acceptance to the festival.

Q) If I recieve a scholarship from the festival AND an external award, how do I have that money applied to my tuition balance

a) Make sure that the scholarship is sent to the festival office, with a note that is should be applied to your tuition balance.

Q) If I end up getting more scholarship that I needed to complete my tuition balance, can I get a refund?

a) No, if you recieve a scholarship for more than your tuition balance, the difference will be deducted from scholarship you are recieving from the festival.  In other words, students to the festival cannot have a positive tuition balance.

Payment plans are available.
Festival Fellowship

Reserved for the most advanced performers, festival fellowships will be awarded based on the quality of your audition video application and recommendation of the faculty.  All festival fellows must be at least 20 years of age or older. Fellowship students will play leading roles in our orchestras, represent the festival in community outreach concerts, composer readings and conductor workshops, and other performance or teaching based tasks as assigned by the staff and faculty.

Read more about the Fellowship Program here.

External Scholarships & Competitions

To assist students in discovering external scholarships and financial aid, we have compiled a short list of potential funding resources. Local and regional libraries are often another rich source of resources.



If you or your organizations are interested in developing a scholarship program with SSMF, or if you would like to provide matching funds, please contact us at If you would like to make a direct contribution to Sewanee Summer Music Festival, you may do so here.