Financial Aid

There are many scholarship opportunities for music students at UAF. The first step in the scholarship process is to visit the UAF Financial Aid website and begin the paperwork process. The deadline for this is February 15. If you have questions prior to applying contact the Music Office.


In order to be considered for a Department of Music (all of the below except the Fairbanks Symphony Scholarship) the applicant must be enrolled as a full-time music major or have applied for admission to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with music as the declared major.

All scholarship applicants are required to submit a performance through a digital upload service such as YouTube or Google Drive, or a DVD if electronic upload is not an option. The performance in the video should include two contrasting works displaying both technical and musical abilities. Please include two letters of recommendation (one should be from a music teacher). In addition, high school and college transcripts are required for all incoming freshmen and transfer students.

All applications, performance links, transcripts, and letters of recommendation must be submitted by March 1 for Music Department scholarships and April 15 for Fairbanks Symphony awards. Unless all materials are present, the application will not be considered. Complete application materials should be sent to the address shown below.


Submit a letter of intent, performance links, two letters of recommendation (at least one from a music teacher), and unofficial high school or college transcripts to:
Subject line: Music Scholarship


Scholarship Chairperson
UAF Department of Music
PO Box 755660
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5660

To be considered for a Fairbanks Symphony Scholarship, the applicant must be a full-time student (not necessarily a music major) and must be accepted into the Fairbanks Symphony. Students will be asked to assist with such tasks as orchestra set-up and will be expected to play in all concerts as needed.

For Fairbanks Symphony Scholarships, submit application materials to:

Fairbanks Symphony Association
PO Box 82104
Fairbanks, AK 99708

APPLICATION DEADLINES: March 1 (Music), and April 15 (Symphony).

Department of Music Scholarships

The following scholarships are available to music majors during each academic year. Awards are made in late spring for the following academic year. Read carefully, as the requirements for each award differ.

Lesley Salisbury Music Scholarship
Eligibility: 2.0 GPA; Promising music student; Full-time only.

Glenmede Trust Music Scholarship
Eligibility: 2.0 GPA; Majoring in music, preferably stringed instrument; Full-time only.

Bob and Dori Olsen Strings Scholarship
Eligibility: 2.0 GPA; Majoring in Music Education; One award to low strings student, one award to upper strings student; May be awarded to Music Performance student if two Music Education awards are available.

Gale L. Anderson Endowed Scholarship for Music
Eligibility: 3.0 GPA; Majoring in music; Full or part-time.

Tom and Nancy Hallinan Music Scholarship
Eligibility: 2.0 GPA; Majoring in music.

Fejes Music Scholarship
Eligibility: 2.0 GPA; Majoring in music; Part or full-time; Demonstrating motivation, potential and/or leadership.

Edward K. and Alene R. Christiansen Music Scholarship
Eligibility: 2.0 GPA; Junior or Senior music student; Full time; Preference Music Education; Demonstrating motivation, strong academics and/or leadership.

Warren G. Brown Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: 2.0 GPA; Soph./Jr./Sr./Grad; Financial need.

Pearl Berry Boyd Music Scholarship
Eligibility: 2.0 GPA; Undergrad or grad; Full time; Demonstrating motivation, strong academics and/or leadership.

Music Scholarship
Eligibility: 2.0 GPA; Incoming Freshman; Audition or live audition required.

***There may be other awards available, depending upon funding. Please contact the UAF Music Office, 907-474-7555,

Other Scholarships

Fairbanks Symphony Award
The Fairbanks Symphony Association also provides a limited number of awards for participants in the Symphony. Student instrumentalists interested in applying for these awards must be a full-time student, but not necessarily a Music Major, and must be accepted in the Fairbanks Symphony. Please submit a Scholarship Application Form, two letters of recommendation, at least one from a music teacher, and a CD, DVD or online music link that includes two contrasting works to the address below. The application deadline is April 15th:

Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 82104
Fairbanks, AK 99708

For further information visit, Fairbanks Symphony website or call 907-474-5733.

William and Dorothy Wood Talent Grant
This award is given through the UAF College of Liberal Arts. For information, visit the CLA website, or the UAF Financial Aid Office.

Alaska Student Loan Program
These loans are restricted to applicants who have been Alaska residents for at least two years immediately prior to applying. For further information and application forms, contact:
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, 907-465-2962 or 800-441-2962.

UAF Merit, Service and Retention Scholarships
Contact the UAF Financial Aid Office.

UA Scholars Program
For more information: UA Scholars website, 907-474-5105.