ISYM Scholarships

The total amount of scholarships listed below is limited to $100 per ISYM program. In order to receive any of the scholarships listed below, an application must be completed by May 15.

  • ISYM Achievement Award

    This $100 scholarship will be awarded to selected participants each summer during ISYM. Recipients will be able to use the scholarship towards the tuition of any ISYM camp that is offered during the following summer. This award may not be transferred to other applicants. This is the only award that allows total scholarship amount to go over $100 per program.

  • All-State Participant’s Scholarship

    This $100 scholarship will be awarded to any ISYM applicant* who participated in an Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) All-State ensemble as an individual during the same year (for high school students only.) Applicants from other states will also receive this scholarship as long as documentation is submitted to ISYM showing participation in an All-State ensemble at their state’s MENC All-State Conference.

  • IHSA and IESA Solo and Ensemble Best of Day Scholarship

    This $75 scholarship will be awarded to any ISYM individual applicant* who received a Best of Day certificate at an Illinois High School Association (IHSA) & IESA Solo & Ensemble Contest during the current year. The scholarship recipient must provide a copy of the Best of Day Certificate along with a music director’s signature.

  • Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival Scholarship

    This $50 scholarship will be awarded to any ISYM applicant* who performed in a concert band that was selected for participation in the Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival during May of the current year.

  • All-Illinois Junior Band Scholarship

This $50 scholarship will be awarded to any ISYM applicant* who performed as a member of the All-Illinois Junior Band in January, 2017.

  • Other Scholarship Opportunities

    Other musical accomplishments similar to those listed above will be considered if submitted via email to If you are affiliated with one of the organizations below, contact them in order to learn about scholarships that they have available for ISYM applicants.

*unless the section or instrument/voice part is closed due to maximum enrollment.

ISYM announces the establishment of the Illinois Summer Youth Music Scholarship and Support Fund. You can support our efforts to reach further and bring more students to campus to experience ISYM and the University of Illinois by contributing to this fund.

To give, please visit the School of Music Giving Page.

Scholarships to ISYM 2017 have been awarded by:

    Alton Band and Orchestra Builders
    Alton Youth Symphony
    Barber Foundation
    Batavia Music Buffs
    Batavia Woman’s Club
    Belvidere Woman’s Club
    BNHS Blue Thunder Music Boosters
    Carl Sandburg Music Boosters
    Century Junior High Musical Parents Association
    Champaign Central Band Boosters
    Champaign-Urbana Symphony Guild
    Charleston Comm. Music Boosters
    Clarence J. Shoemaker Scholarship Trust (Community High School District 99, Downers Grove, IL)
    Community Arts Council
    Corey Diamond Memorial Scholarship
    Crete Woman’s Club
    CU Music Teacher’s Assoc.
    David Thomas Excellence in Music
    Decatur Area Music Teachers Association
    Discover FAA High School Talent Competition Dist. 84
    Do Re Mi Band Parent Club
    Downers Grove North Music Boosters
    Edwardsville Comm. Foundation
    Elk Grove High School
    Elmhurst Instrumental Music Boosters
    Fine Arts County of Effingham
    Franklin Middle School Music Boosters
    Franklin Park PTA
    Geneseo Performing Arts Council
    Golden Lyre Foundation
    Homewood PMA
    Illini Bank
    Julie Stix
    Kankakee Valley Youth Symphony
    Kewanee HS Music Boosters
    Lincoln-Way Central HS
    Lombard Elementary Schools
    Macon County Comm. Foundation-John Leman Scholarship
    Monticello Music Boosters
    Morning Etude
    MTHS Band Boosters, Metamora (Wally Parks)
    Musical Arts Association (FACE)
    Oak Park River Forest Alumni Assoc.
    Orpheus Club-Marguerite Nenne Scholarship
    Park Ridge Cultural Arts Council
    PEHS Band Boosters, Plainfield
    PHIL- Prospect Heights Instrumental League
    Plainfield Middle School
    Plainfield North Band Boosters
    Pontiac Township HS Music Boosters
    Pontiac Women’s Club
    Providence Englewood Charter School
    Riverside Brookfield High School Music
    Sun City Assoc. of Huntley
    Sycamore Music Boosters
    Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur
    Tuscola Music Boosters
    Tuscola Woman’s Club
    Unit 7 Music Boosters
    Unity Music Boosters
    Urbana School District, Perrino Bands
    Viking Middle School
    Williamsville Band Parents
    Yorkville Music Boosters
    Young Musicians Project