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
  • Clarinet
  • 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 (ILMEA) 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 attend ISYM in 2022 have been provided to individual students by these organizations.

Alan B. Shepard High School

Alton Band and Orchestra Builders

Alton Youth Symphony

Carl Sandburg Music Boosters

Champaign Central Music Boosters

Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation – 

     Dan Perrino Scholarship

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Guild

Community Consolidated School District 21

Champaign-Urbana Music Teacher’s Association

Decatur Area Music Teachers Association

Discover FAA Scholarship, U of I

District 84 Music Parents (Franklin Park)

East Peoria District 86 Music Booster Assoc.

Fine Arts County of Effingham

Geneseo Performing Arts Council

Geren Stith Scholarship

Gibson Area Music Foundation

Hip Hop Xpress Support Fund, U of I

Homewood Parent Music Association

Huntley HS Band Boosters

Kewanee HS Music Boosters

Lyric Theatre @ Illinois

Marshall CUSD

Orland Park Music Parents East

Parkview School, Morton Grove SD 70

River Grove School Music Organization

Rolling Meadows High School Music Boosters

Sen Bennet Scholarship

Springfield Federation of Music Clubs

Steger School District 194

Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra

West Aurora Middle School Band Boosters

Yorkville Music Boosters

Zion-Benton HS Dist 126