As a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, the University of Alabama Community Music School offers financial assistance to students who may otherwise not be able to study. Assistance is awarded based on demonstrated financial need, number of students who apply, and available funding. To apply for financial assistance from the Community Music School, you must fill out a new scholarship application and return it to our office by July 15 in order to be eligible for assistance during the following year (August–May). Applications received after that date will be considered only if funding is refused by those receiving awards.

Scholarship applications are available online, or a hard copy can be picked up at the CMS office (located in the holder beside our office door). Due to decreased private and corporate donations in recent years, scholarship allocation will undoubtedly be more competitive. Allocation is based financial need. Teacher recommendations can be mailed or brought separately to our office or emailed to jweigel@ua.edu.

The policies for those receiving awards are as follows:

  • Scholarships will be revoked for poor attendance. No more than two missed lessons per semester for reasons other than illness are allowed.
  • Withdrawal from lessons during the semester for any reason except prolonged documented illness or other special circumstances approved by the CMS Director will result in complete revocation of the scholarship. Withdrawals involving the above exceptions will receive awards prorated according to the number of lessons received at the date of withdrawal.
  • Scholarship students’ progress will be monitored. The CMS reserves the right to discontinue the award and lessons to any student whose work or behavior is deemed unsatisfactory. Scholarship aid is awarded only with a positive recommendation as given on the teacher recommendation form.
  • Scholarships are awarded competitively on the basis of available scholarship money, financial need, and number of applicants. All students are eligible to apply. Awards will be deducted from the total tuition charge.
  • Scholarship students’ account balances must remain in good standing each semester. Overdue balances must be cleared before scholarships can be registered.

The Scholarship Committee reviews applications annually (July 15–31) and scholarship award letters are mailed on or before August 1. If you have any questions contact the CMS office at (205) 348-6741 or e-mail Dr. Jane Weigel, director of the Community Music School, jweigel@ua.edu.

Download CMS scholarship application (PDF)