Students may qualify for a number of merit-based scholarships to attend ISYM. Options include:

  • ISYM Achievement Award
  • All-State and All-Illinois Junior Band Participant’s Scholarship
  • IHSA and IESA Solo and Ensemble Best of Day Scholarship
  • SuperState Participant’s Scholarship
  • Other Opportunities & Community Organizations

Please note the following scholarship guidelines:

  • Scholarships from the list above can be combined totaling up to $100.
  • ISYM Achievement Award recipients may stack their award with other scholarships totaling up to $200.
  • Scholarships from outside organizations can be in any amount up to the total cost of attendance.

You can read more about each option below.

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 or All-Illinois Junior Band as an individual during the same year. 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.

SuperState Participant’s Scholarship

Students who are participating in the Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival with their school’s concert band are eligible for a $50 scholarship. Eligible recipients must email with their name and the name of the school they are attending to claim their scholarship.

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 2019 were awarded by:

Alton Band & Orchestra Builders
Alton Symphony Orchestra
Alton Youth Symphony
Argo Band Parents
Association of Music Parents – Metea Valley HS
Aux Sable Middle School
Band and Orchestra Parents Association (BOPA)
Batavia Music Buffs
Batavia Women’s Club
Bettendorf Comm. Schools Foundation HAV Life Potentials
Carl Sandburg Music Boosters
Ron and Betsy Kaplan Cytron
Dr. Marva Carter
Champaign Central Band Boosters
Champaign-Urbana Symphony Guild
Community Arts Council of Kankakee Cty.
Corey Diamond Memorial Scholarship
CU Music Teacher’s Assoc.
CU Symphony Guild
Darien Woman’s Club Charity Fund, Inc.
Decatur Area Music Teachers Association
DeKalb High School
Delavan Community Unit School
Nicole Devitt
District 204 Music Scholarships
District 64 Band & Orchestra Parent Assoc.
Dist. 84 Educational Foundation
District 84 Music Parent
Do Re Mi Band Parent Club
Dunlope Scholarship
Elk Grove HS Choral Boosters
Elmhurst Music Boosters
Encore QSOA Volunteer Council
Evanston Township High School
Franklin Instrumental Music Boosters
GBN Choir & Theatre Patrons Organization
Geneseo Performing Arts Council
Geneva Music Boosters
Glenwood Band Boosters
Hester Jr. High Choral Dept.
Highland Band Parents Association
Homewood PMA
Hoopeston Music Boosters
Itasca Music Boosters
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Jacksonville Assoc. for Music
James Hart/ISYM
Jazz on the Square
Joliet Central High School
Julie Stix
Kankakee Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra
Kewanee High School Music Boosters
Lincoln-Way Central HS
Lombard District 44 Council PTA
Lukancic Band Boosters
Macomb Band Boosters
Marion Junior High School Activity Fund
Marshall Schools
Rick Martinez Musicality Award
Margaret Miller
Monticello Music Boosters
Morning Etude
National Council of Negro Women –
Champaign Chapter
Oak Park River Forest Alumni Assoc.
O’Fallon Township High School Wind Ensemble
Oswegoland Womans Civic Club
Park Ridge Cultural Arts Council
Park Ridge District 64 BOPA
Patrons of the Arts
PEHS Band Boosters, Plainfield
Peoples National Bank Kewanee
Perrino Urbana Bands Scholarship
Petersburg Women’s Club
PHIL, Prospect Heights
Plainfield East Band Boosters
Plainfield Middle School Band Boosters
Plainfield North Band Boosters
Prairie Junior High School, Alsip
PTHS Music Boosters
River Grove Music Organization
Round Lake Middle School
Springfield H.S Summer Band Camp Scholarship
Springfield Symphony Guild
St Charles North High School Friends of Music
St. Patrick Youth Orchestra
Sun City Concert Band
Sycamore Music Boosters
Linda Tammen
Troy Band Boosters
Tuscola Music Boosters
Unit 7 Music Boosters
Urbana Arts
Viking Middle School
Yorkville Music Boosters