Berklee College of Music Merit-Based Scholarships

Berklee College of Music travels to more than 50 cities throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America in search of talented instrumentalists and vocalists who are pursuing a college education in music. All applicants to the college's full-time degree or diploma programs are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships through our audition and interview process. The college awards scholarships primarily on the basis of the live audition and interview; however, we also provide opportunities for applicants to submit original compositions through the Berklee Writing and Composition Scholarship.

While the vast majority of awards are partial-tuition awards, a limited number of full-tuition awards—the Presidential and Canada scholarships—are available to exceptionally gifted musicians who participate in a live audition and interview.

Berklee World Tour Scholarships

All applicants to the college's full-time degree or diploma programs are automatically considered for scholarships through our audition-and-interview process. The majority of the scholarships awarded are partial-tuition awards with a limited number of full-tuition scholarships available.

Berklee Writing and Composition Scholarship

This scholarship is available to you if you apply to the college and wish to have your music-writing abilities taken into consideration for scholarship, in addition to your participation in the audition-and-interview process. Learn more.

Presidential Scholarship

Each year, the college selects seven top entering musicians to receive this scholarship. It covers tuition, on-campus housing, and the required laptop. Students demonstrating the highest musical merit and the highest financial need are nominated for this exclusive award. Learn more.

Slaight Family Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to a talented Canadian musician with demonstrated financial need. The award covers tuition, on-campus housing, and the required laptop. Learn more.

Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship

This full-tuition scholarship is awarded annually to one outstanding rock musician from the United States who demonstrates financial need. Learn more.

Six String Theory Competition 

Grammy-winning guitarist and producer Lee Ritenour hosts the annual Six String Theory Competition for rhythm section instrumentalists with a prize package that includes one full-tuition scholarship to the undergraduate program at Berklee College of Music. Learn more.

Jimmy Lyons Scholarship

One outstanding jazz musician from the West Coast region of the United States receives this full-tuition scholarship award annually. Learn more.

City Music College Scholarship

A limited number of full-tuition scholarships are awarded each year to participants in the Berklee City Music Program. Students must demonstrate merit and financial need to be considered for this award.

Endowed Funds

These scholarship funds are established by donors to assist talented students. You become eligible for these funds when you apply for scholarship consideration as an entering student. See the full listing of endowed funds.

Berklee on the Road Clinics

The college also hosts several teaching and performance programs across the United States and throughout the world, including in Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Italy, and Japan, at various times throughout the year. Students are selected to receive scholarships based upon their performance during these programs.