Financial Aid Information

Gifted Music School is committed to providing the highest standard in music education to dedicated children of all backgrounds. In order to accomplish this, we offer a limited number of need-based, partial tuition (up to 50%) scholarships available to Preparatory Division students.*

*Note: Submitting an application does not guarantee any financial assistance will be granted—the scholarship committee reviews all applications and makes award decisions based upon demonstrated financial need and available funds. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the scholarship coordinator at scholarships@giftedmusicschool.org.
 

2020-2021 Financial Aid Application Deadlines

Applications are submitted at the beginning of the school year (Fall Semester) and will be continued through the (3-semester) year as long as the teacher verifies practicing and progression are happening, along with acceptable attendance and participation in Student Juries and Honors Recitals. All applications for financial aid must be submitted no later than one month prior to the start of the semester. Applications submitted after this date cannot be considered.

Fall 2020 — July 29, 2020
Spring 2021 — December 23, 2020 (Only if applicant is applying for a scholarship for the first time, and is not an ongoing scholarship student from fall semester.)
Summer 2021 — May 5, 2021 (Only if applicant is applying for a scholarship for the first time, and is not an ongoing scholarship student from fall semester.)

Eligibility

Dedicated, hard-working students who demonstrate both (1) a commitment to focused, high-level music education and (2) financial need for tuition assistance are eligible to apply for scholarships through Gifted Music School. The majority of our financial aid scholarship recipients come from families with an annual household Adjusted Gross Income of under $60,000. Students receiving financial aid are required to maintain the following standards in order to retain their scholarships.

  • Access to instrument for daily practice
  • Demonstration of dedicated work as reported by the instructor(s).
  • 100% attendance, except in case of family emergency or illness.
  • Compliance with school policies and procedures signed at the beginning of each year.
  • Demonstrated continued need of financial assistance.

Note: New students are encouraged to apply; however, due to limited funds, preference may be given to students who have been enrolled for one or more semesters.

How to Apply

Step 1) Print and complete the 2020-21 Financial Aid Application.

Step 2) Attach a copy of all parent/guardian IRS Form-1040 Personal Income Tax Returns and obscure all private Social Security information.

Step 3) Write a brief personal statement describing your family’s financial hardship and explaining how a scholarship would impact your child’s ability to study at Gifted Music School.

Step 4) Provide two (2) letters of recommendation: one (1) from the student’s current GMSPD faculty member (or previous private music teacher if the student is new to Gifted Music School), and one (1) from a school teacher, principal, or advisor who can speak for the student’s character and work ethic.
Note: Recommendations should not be delivered by students or parents. Please ask your recommenders to send digital copies of their letters to scholarships@giftedmusicschool.org or to mail printed letters to the Office of Student Services (address listed below).

Step 5) Email your signed application and attachment(s) to scholarships@giftedmusicschool.org no later than 5:00pm on the deadlines listed above. Mailed applications will also be accepted at the address below.

Office of Student Services
Gifted Music School
150 South 1000 East, Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

 

Named Scholarships & Endowments

If you are interested in establishing an endowed scholarship or an annual named scholarship fund, please contact Rebecca Devonas at rdevonas@giftedmusicschool.org.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Gifted Music School is committed to equal opportunity and to compliance with federal anti-discrimination laws. We also comply with Utah law.

All decisions regarding school admissions, faculty assignments, Student Juries, Honors Recitals, student solo opportunities, masterclass participants, selection of scholarship recipients, and other school operations and conditions of admission and scholarship retention shall be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, pregnancy (including childbirth, pregnancy-related conditions, breastfeeding and medical conditions relating to breastfeeding), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, work-related injury, genetic information, marital status and membership in the armed forces or reserves.

Gifted Music School will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based upon these characteristics or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.