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School of Music Scholarships

The Liberty University School of Music (SOM) is pleased to offer an exciting scholarship initiative for all musical disciplines within the School of Music. SOM Scholarships are competitive awards for music majors who demonstrate excellence in their chosen instrument and field of study. SOM Scholarship recipients are selected by the SOM Scholarship Committee based on the following criteria: academic achievement, musicianship, financial need (according to the standards of the Liberty University Student Accounts), and walk with God.

New Students – Requirements for Scholarship Application

  1. Fill out the New Student SOM Scholarships Application.
  2. Complete a School of Music Placement Audition.

**Priority consideration for SOM scholarships will be given to students who audition and apply prior to January 31, 2022.

Questions? Email: somscholarships@liberty.edu

Current Students – Requirements for Scholarship Application

To be considered for SOM Scholarships, current SOM Majors must submit a completed application. No audition is required for current SOM students.

The deadline for the current student SOM scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year is March 11, 2022.

Current Student Scholarship Application


Available School of Music Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of supporters of the Liberty University School of Music, we are thrilled to offer the following scholarships:

  • Gary Mathena Songwriter Scholarship
  • Gary Mathena Music & Worship Transfer Student Scholarship
  • Gary & Donnita Mathena International Music Student Scholarship
  • Marty Hamby Arranging Scholarship
  • Mathena Family Music & Worship Scholarship
  • Mathena Graduate Music & Worship Scholarship
  • Mathena Family New Student Music Scholarship
  • Mathena Family Ethnomusicology Research Grant
  • Phil Barfoot Songwriter Scholarship
  • Phil Martin Music in World Cultures Scholarship

SOM Scholarship Renewal Information

SOM Scholarships are one-year awards. Students may re-apply for available SOM scholarships each academic year.

How SOM Scholarships Work with Financial Aid

How SOM Scholarships Work with Financial Aid

Liberty University School of Music scholarships are considered financial aid, just as grants, work-study, and loans. 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 as outlined in the General Scholarship Rule. Scholarships are factored into financial need assessments.

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:

Marching Band & Spirit Band Scholarships

Liberty University Marching Band Scholarship

Liberty University Spirit Band Scholarship

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a School of Music Major to be eligible to receive School of Music scholarships?

  • Yes, all SOM Scholarship recipients must be a declared SOM Major.

As a current student, do I have to complete an audition or submit an audition video?

  • No, current students do not have to audition for SOM Scholarships. Only new students must audition.

I plan to visit Liberty at some point, but I cannot attend one of the College For A Weekend (CFAW) events. Can I set up another time to audition?

  • Yes, you may set up a time to audition outside of the CFAW events. Please contact the appropriate Faculty Area Coordinator to set up an audition time.

I am not a SOM Major, but I would like information about other scholarships.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at somscholarships@liberty.edu.