Undergraduate Scholar Award

Institution Re-Evaluation  & New Application Deadline: September 1*

Decision Notification: November 15

*Please note that Institutions are invited to submit a Re-Evaluation Application every 5 years. New Institutions may apply.  New Institutions will be considered depending upon availability of funds.

Introduction & Purpose

Undergraduate schools of music at accredited colleges, universities and independent institutions of higher education are invited to apply for the opportunity to present the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award to an outstanding music major whom they select.

The Award is approximately $4,000 payable at the end of a student’s junior year. The exact amount of the Award varies from year to year on the basis of the availability of funds and the number of Awards that the Committee approves.

Selected by the music faculty, the Award recipient should show a high level of academic and musical accomplishment and embody the qualities of leadership and citizenship. The recipient is one who has grown individually and who has contributed earnestly to the success of the school of music. This Award is an honor and the recipient, in his/her senior year, is to be known as a Presser Scholar.


Schools and colleges selected for participation in the Undergraduate Scholar Award Program must maintain a minimum enrollment of 60 undergraduate music majors, offer a curriculum of study that includes at least one-third non-music academic subjects, and show evidence of meeting high professional standards for faculty, curriculum and facilities.

Terms of the Award

Consistent with our Social Justice Statement and Values, the Foundation seeks to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in our processes, practices, and decisions.

1. The Award is to be presented and paid in full to an undergraduate music major at the end of their junior academic year. It is designed to encourage and support in a special way the education of a music student who exemplifies high academic and musical accomplishmentleadership, and citizenship.

2. The Award is to be paid in the form of a check or direct deposit to the student’s account and must be in addition to and NOT replace or offset existing financial aid or music scholarship support from the institution.

3.  The use of funds is at the discretion of the Award recipient and may be applied towards expenses normally incurred in pursuit of a degree OR for additional enrichment and musical advancement opportunities which are not normally provided in a university or conservatory setting.

4. The Award is intended to be prestigious and publicly announced in an appropriate way. The student shall be known as a “Presser Scholar” and the institution is responsible for providing details about the Presser Scholar to The Foundation.

Online Grant Management

The Presser Foundation uses an online grant management system powered by Foundant.  The system allows for all prospective and current grantees to submit proposals and reports online.


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