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The Liberty University School of Music (LUSOM) is pleased to offer an exciting scholarship initiative for all musical disciplines within the Center for Music Education & Performance and the Center for Music & Worship. The LUSOM has long recognized that students studying in our programs are unique in that they view what they do as being obedient to a greater calling – God’s calling.

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Qualifications for School of Music Scholarships

Scholarships from the LUSOM are competitive scholarships for music majors, based on application and audition. School of Music Scholarship recipients will be selected by the LUSOM Scholarship Committee based on the following criteria: musicianship, scholarship, financial need (according to the standards of the department of Student Accounts at Liberty University), and walk with God. Recommendations by the School of Music Faculty are also considered.

Scholarship application coming soon!

Basic Qualifications

Any recipient of a Liberty University School of Music Scholarship must meet the following basic qualifications:

  • Students must be in full-time status and must be a declared School of Music student.
  • All potential recipients must be professing Christians.
  • All potential recipients must submit an application to the Liberty University School of Music Scholarship Committee.
  • All potential recipients must submit an audition, either in-person or through video submission, for consideration.
  • Recipients must maintain good academic standing during the term of award.
  • Recipients must reimburse the School of Music Scholarship Fund the amount of any unused portion of the awarded scholarship.
  • Transfer Students only – Transfer students must obtain a letter of release from their current school before being considered for a scholarship at the LUSOM, per National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) stipulation.

Audition Requirements

The audition portion of the scholarship application process allows the LUSOM Scholarship Committee the opportunity to observe potential scholarship recipients and award scholarships accordingly, based on music ability and merit. Auditions for LUSOM Scholarships can be completed either in-person (recommended) or via video submission.

In-person auditions are scheduled quarterly during Liberty University’s College for a Weekend (CFAW). Other in-person audition times can be scheduled per request. To request an audition time, please email the appropriate area coordinator for your instrument (i.e. voice, piano, etc.) found at one of the pages listed below. For video audition submissions, applicants must record their audition, completing the requirements outlined on the pages below. Applicants will then submit the video application as part of the scholarship application, attaching the video link (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) to the application.

For further detailed information regarding scholarship audition requirements, visit the applicable center audition page:

Scholarship Renewal Information

LUSOM Scholarships are one-year awards. Students may reapply for available scholarships each academic year.

Scholarship application coming soon!

How Scholarships Work with Financial Aid

Liberty University School of Music scholarships are considered financial aid, just as grants, work-study, and loans; however, they are “departmental” awards based on your Music Scholarship Application and Audition, and are awarded independently of any “need-based” awards received from the Financial Aid Office. Federal and state financial aid programs require that students not receive financial aid in excess of one’s cost of education, which includes living expenses. Need-based aid, such as grants and subsidized loans, must remain within a student’s financial need as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Scholarships are factored into financial need assessments. Students who receive private donor or Liberty University School of Music scholarships should inform the Office of Student Financial Services of these awards when they receive their award letters. A student’s need-based financial aid may be revised because of the departmental scholarship awards he or she is receiving from the Liberty University School of Music. This includes tuition exemptions and waivers.

Liberty University Scholarships/Financial Aid

Information about University-wide scholarships (scholarships that are not specifically for music students) and other types of financial assistance is available through the following links:

Music Scholarships

Gary & Donnita Mathena International Music Student Scholarship

Gary Mathena Development Scholarship

Gary Mathena Music & Worship Scholarship – Transfer Student

Gary Mathena Songwriter Scholarship

Jack Price Music Scholarship

John G. Gage Instrumental Music Scholarship

Marty Hamby Arranging Scholarship

Mathena Family Ethnomusicology Research Grant

Mathena Family Music & Worship Scholarship

Mathena Family New Student Music Scholarship

Mathena Graduate Scholarship in Music & Worship

Music Merit-Based Scholarship

Phil Barfoot Songwriter Scholarship

Phil Martin Music in World Cultures (Ethnomusicology) Scholarship

WaterStone Warren & Catherine Bridges Scholarship

Marching Band & Spirit Band Scholarships

Liberty University Marching Band Scholarship

Liberty University Spirit Band Scholarship

  • Rising Sophomore” denotes that a student will hold sophomore classification at the beginning of the academic award year.
  • Rising Junior” denotes that a student will hold junior classification at the beginning of the academic award year.
  • Rising Senior” denotes that a student will hold senior classification at the beginning of the academic award year.


If you have any questions that have not been answered by the information on this page, contact us at somscholarships@liberty.edu