Financial Aid

ISYM Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application

Illinois Summer Youth Music Financial aid is available for students who demonstrate interest and potential as well as financial need. Students of any background are encouraged to apply. Financial aid applications will be reviewed on May 1, and awards vary depending on need. All students requesting financial aid are required to apply to their ISYM program to be considered.

STEPS TO APPLY for Financial Aid

  1. Complete the Illinois Summer Youth Music application form.
  2. Complete an Illinois Summer Youth Music Financial Aid Application.
  3. In the Financial Aid Application, upload a copy of your most recent income tax return.
  4. If selected for a Financial Aid Award, ISYM will notify you at the email address provided in the application.
  5. Accept your Financial Aid award and pay $100 non-refundable deposit to secure your ISYM enrollment.
  6. Complete the ISYM application process.

Illinois Summer Youth Music will notify you via email if you are awarded financial aid. You must accept your aid offer by the date listed in the email to receive your award.  If you do not accept your offer, the funding will be awarded to another candidate. An offer of financial aid does not guarantee enrollment in your program. All students requesting Financial Aid are required to apply to their ISYM program and pay the $50 non-refundable deposit to receive your financial aid award.

ISYM Pre-College Scholarship

Students who graduate 11th grade in 2021 and who participate in the below pre-college programs during Summer 2021, will be considered for the ISYM Pre-College Scholarship.  This scholarship awards $2,000 to the selected students to attend a Music degree program at Illinois starting in the Fall 2022 term.  To receive the award students must apply and be admitted to the University of Illinois with any Music degree as the “first choice” major.  The Scholarship will be renewed for a total of four years provided the student stays in good academic standing and make progress to the music degree.  Other conditions of the scholarship may be included on official scholarship notice sent after the offer of admission.

Eligible Pre-College programs:

  • Flute
  • Oboe & Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba & Euphonium
  • Percussion
  • Music Technology
  • Composition

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.

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