The Conservatory awards scholarships on the basis of musical ability, financial need and the musical needs of the school. Scholarships are available to full-time students in the Music Diploma program, the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree programs, the Artist Certificate program, the Postgraduate Diploma in vocal performance and the Professional Studies Diploma. Scholarships of $1000 and higher, are awarded for a maximum of four years for undergraduate, two years for graduate and one year for postgraduate study. Awards for an additional year are not guaranteed. If the graduate or postgraduate student feels the need for an additional year or part-time attendance to complete their graduate degree, the student should petition the scholarship committee. Petition forms are available in the financial aid office or online (Scholarship Petition form), must be signed by both the student and the studio teacher and presented to the scholarship committee one semester prior to the anticipated graduation date. Undergraduate students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average to be eligible for renewal of their scholarships, while graduate students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Scholarship retention depends on the successful fulfillment of all obligations to the Conservatory, including orchestra, ensemble assignments, required GPA and satisfactory academic progress. No separate auditions are held for scholarships. For new students, the entrance audition serves as the basis for determining scholarship eligibility. For continuing students, annual juries and the quality of orchestra and/or ensemble participation are used to determine eligibility for continuation of awards. Scholarship retention for students returning after a leave of absence is not guaranteed. Students who wish to be considered for their previous scholarship amount must reapply through the Financial Aid office, just as they would be required to do as continuing students.
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