Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Offers $10,000 Scholarship

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Mira Williams, 2015 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist.

Mira Williams, 2015 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist.

Here’s an amazing scholarship for young musicians serious about their craft. The Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award is open to musicians between the ages of 8 – 18. Twenty recipients will be awarded up to $10,000 and the opportunity to perform on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley.

Applicants must demonstrate (in order of importance):

  • Exceptional musical achievement
    Applicants must have strong musical ability and a willingness to perform on our NPR show. All recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award must also perform on From the Top and play at the same musical level as other young performers on the show.
  • Unmet financial need
    Applicants must substantiate a limited family income and insufficient funds to cover the cost of new instruments, music lessons, and/or summer music program tuition and travel expenses. While there is no formal cut-off, since program inception, 90% of our past recipients come from families with an annual household Adjusted Gross Income of less than $60,000. We take into consideration: high cost of living in some areas, extraordinary medical expenses, and number of dependents in college. You will have the opportunity to submit information about these special circumstances in the financial section of the application.
  • Academic achievement
    Applicants should possess strong scholastic records indicated by good grades (typically a GPA above 3.0 or mostly A’s and B’s), academic awards, and strong test scores (if available).
  • Strength of character
    Applicants should also possess a combination of drive/determination, initiative, maturity, leadership, an ability to overcome obstacles, and a commitment to giving back to one’s community.

Recipients will receive:

  • National exposure through a featured radio performance on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley.
  • Up to $10,000 in financial support, which can be applied to instrument purchase, summer music camp expenses, private lessons, and other musical expenses.
  • Participation in From the Top’s Arts Leadership Orientation.
  • Creation and implementation of an Arts Leadership activity. Young Artist Award recipients will be responsible for creating and implementing their activities, but will receive support along the way to ensure successful completion and documentation. Learn more about From the Top’s Arts Leadership Program.

Students may apply for the scholarship at any time, but applications will be reviewed in three cycles throughout the year according to the below deadlines. All recipients are notified on a rolling admissions basis in accordance with our 2015–2016 taping season.

2015–2016 Deadline I: October 1, 2015
2015–2016 Deadline II: December 1, 2015
2015–2016 Deadline III: February 1, 2016
Note that it is free to apply for the scholarship (there is no application fee).

*Please note that high school seniors must apply by the October 1 deadline to be eligible.

Still have questions? Check out the Scholarship FAQs or go here to apply.


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  8 comments for “Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Offers $10,000 Scholarship

  1. 09/17/2015 at 7:10 pm

    Great informative article. I didn’t know they offered them that young either! Very cool.

    • 09/18/2015 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed the article!

  2. 09/17/2015 at 5:09 am

    I didn’t know that scholarships were offered at such a young age!

    • 09/17/2015 at 11:34 am

      They are not as common, but they are definitely out there!

  3. 09/16/2015 at 10:23 pm

    What a great scholarship for a special person. It’s so great that you’re sharing this.

    • 09/16/2015 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you! There are so many different opportunities available for students. I just want to get the word out. :)

  4. 09/16/2015 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks for offering scholarship ideas. It is difficult to find information and many students and parents can benefit from a place to go to learn about possible tuition supports.

    • 09/16/2015 at 9:07 pm

      You’re welcome! Glad you find the information helpful!

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