Shields Music Scholarship Awards


Frederick Community College and the George L. Shields Foundation are pleased to offer annually Shields Music Scholarship Awards in the following categories:

Application Deadline: July 13, 2018
 
Experience: Children with prior or current experience studying privately with a music instructor: (ages 6-18) Scholarships conferred on students who perform exceptionally on a live audition that includes a piece or excerpts of no more than five minutes in length that will best show the students abilities. Along with the student’s statement and a teacher evaluation, judging criteria include technique, tone, intonation, expressiveness, and stage presence. Scholarships in this category cover the cost of 30-minute lessons during the Fall semester. Award renewals in the spring semester are determined by teacher recommendation. Winners electing to pursue 45-minute or hour-long courses of study may apply their awards toward tuition.

Online Application

No Experience: Children who have no prior private musical instruction: (ages 6-14) Scholarships conferred on deserving students who have never taken private music lessons on any instrument or voice. Selections in this category will be based on the student statement and a public music teacher’s evaluation. (If no public music teacher is available, you may submit a recommendation from any qualified coach or mentor.) No audition is required. Scholarships in this category cover the cost of 30-minute lessons during the fall semester. Award winners electing to pursue 45-minute or hour-long courses of study may apply their awards towards tuition. Scholarship renewals in the spring semester are determined by their FCC teacher recommendation.

 Online Application

Developing Skills: Children who have completed one year of musical instruction at FCC: (ages 6-15) Scholarships conferred on deserving students who have successfully completed the fall and spring semesters under the no experience category and who wish to extend their studies on the same instrument for an additional year at FCC. Selections in this category will be based on the student statement, a recommendation of their FCC music teacher and participation in a FCC solo recital or ensemble performance.  Scholarships in this category cover the cost of 30-minute lessons during the fall semester.  Award winners electing to pursue 45-minute or hour-long courses of study may apply their awards towards tuition.  Scholarship renewals in the spring semester are determined by their FCC teacher recommendation.

 Online Application

Entering College Freshmen majoring in music at FCC: Scholarships conferred on music majors who perform exceptionally on a short, live audition that includes one piece or movement of no more than 10-minutes. Applicants wishing to apply are to write a short essay describing their career goals. These applications should also include a copy of their high school transcripts and a teacher recommendation. The award is $750 for the fall semester. Award renewals for the spring semester are determined by teacher recommendation.

Online Application

Auditioning finalists are given written notification of the audition time and place.

Auditions for the “Experience” category of young musician will take place this year, on Saturday August 18, 2018.

Entering College Freshman Auditions will happen during the first week of FCC classes (Wednesday August 22, 5:00 p.m. Location TBA)  

Judges reserve the right to withhold awards or award partial scholarships.

Please make every effort to insure all the application materials are delivered by: Application Deadline: July 13, 2018

For more information contact Jennifer Rundlett, Shield’s Scholarship Coordinator & Music Artist Series Coordinator.


Students at FCC majoring in music beyond the freshman year are eligible for 2nd-year Grant Awards. Grants are determined by student recital or jury adjudication performance, FCC instructor evaluation, a written statement by the student, and college transcripts. Award amounts are variable. To download current application forms, please use the “Grant” links on the right hand side of this page. For more information please contact Paula Chipman or call 301.846.2566.