Scholarships for Prospective Students

The Woodruff Music Scholarships

The Department of Music offers a number of Woodruff Music Scholarships (open to incoming freshmen only) tenable for all four years of study. Woodruff Scholarships can be full tuition or full tuition, room and board (a current total value of over $245,000). These scholarship opportunities are available for candidates who demonstrate exceptional and advanced talent in music performance in addition to exemplary academics.

Music Scholars are usually Music Majors but it is not a requirement to major in music as a recipient of the scholarship. It is actually quite typical of the vast majority of Emory undergraduates (upwards of 90%) to be double majors in a broad range of subjects while pursuing paths including pre-med, pre-law, business, the humanities, the pure sciences, social sciences and the Arts. The ensemble rosters for the symphony orchestra and wind ensemble are excellent examples of the diversity found in our community of music students.

In order to be considered, candidates must apply for the Emory Scholars Program by the deadline of November 15th, 2022 and have completed a live (in person) audition by late December.

Audition requirements can be found on our Auditions page.

Candidates should contact the appropriate Area Coordinator by email for questions regarding the content and expectations of the audition:

Orchestral Studies (strings and harp): Paul Bhasin

Wind Studies (all winds and percussion): Paul Bhasin

Piano: Elena Cholakova

Voice: Bradley Howard

Jazz: Gary Motley

Finalists for Music Scholarships will be invited to campus to participate in the Emory Scholar’s Finalists Visit program to be held in late March/early April 2020. Students are also strongly encouraged to take the opportunity to meet faculty and current students, take a consultation lesson and experience the Music facilities on campus.

All applicants for the Music Woodruffs will also be considered for a Music Liberal Arts Scholarship.

Music Liberal Arts Scholarships

Emory College also has available a number of Music Liberal Arts Scholarships in the range of $15,000 per year; these are open to all students regardless of choice of major. Students in all application pools will be invited to submit recordings or links to materials throughout the various admissions cycles.

Prospective students should direct all questions to Dr. Paul Bhasin, Director of Orchestral Studies and coordinator of the Music Scholarships.


For more information on Financial Aid opportunities at Emory, please visit here.

Scholarships for Current Students

Friends of Music Scholarships

These scholarships are only available to Music Majors; $200 are awarded toward the cost of music lessons. These scholarships are awarded on a semester by semester basis.

Boykin Scholarships

These scholarships are available to Music Majors and Non-majors. Students must have a “demonstrated financial need” in the Office of Financial Aid (usually means that students have applied for financial aid). These scholarships are awarded on a semester by semester basis.

Contact Dr. Bhasin with any questions.