Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

From the Top

Number of Awards & Eligibility: 20 awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for international and U.S. students.
  2. Must currently study and/or reside full time in the United States.
  3. Must be 8 to 18 years of age at time of application.
  4. Must be a full-time elementary, middle, or high school student. College students and those who have already graduated from high school may not apply.
  5. Must demonstrate exceptional musical achievement and have strong musical ability. Students must be classical instrumentalists, vocalists, or composers.
  6. Must demonstrate unmet financial need by substantiating 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. Please note: Ninety percent of past recipients come from families with an annual household adjusted gross income of less than $60,000.
  7. Must demonstrate academic achievement through strong scholastic records indicated by good grades (typically a GPA above 3.0 or mostly As and Bs), academic awards, and strong test scores (if available).

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is open to students who are 8-18 years of age that reside in the United States and have not yet graduated from high school. Students must demonstrate exceptional musical achievement, unmet financial need, academic achievement, and strength of character.

Application requirements for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award are:

  • Application form
  • Video/audio music samples
  • Other docs as required
Additional Information: From the Top individually reviews each application using the following criteria to make scholarship decisions: exceptional musical achievement; unmet financial need; academic achievement; and strength of character (e.g., a combination of drive/determination, initiative, maturity, leadership, an ability to overcome obstacles, and a commitment to giving back to one's community). While all these criteria are important, musical achievement and financial need are given the most attention during the application review process. Recipients will be invited to perform on NPR's "From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley" broadcast. Recipients will also be able to participate in From the Top's Arts Leadership Orientation. Additional information about the orientation is available online at www.fromthetop.org/programs/education-outreach/national-tour/arts-leadership-orientations/. Finally, recipients will have the opportunity to create and implement 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. Additional information is available online at www.fromthetop.org/programs/education-outreach/.

Award Amount: Up to $10,000 annually, non-renewable. Funds may be applied to instrument purchase, summer music camp expenses, private lessons, etc.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $10,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, March 4

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, March 4

Applications are available online on the From the Top website.Applications must be completed online. Applicants will be asked to submit at least two unedited, unenhanced video or audio samples of their music. They will also need to submit copies of tax forms, grade transcripts, and other documents.Students may apply for the scholarship at any time. Applications will be reviewed in three cycles throughout the year according to the following deadlines: Oct. 8, 2018; January 7, 2019, and March 4, 2019. Please note: High school seniors must apply by the October deadline.
About From the Top:
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Address: 295 Huntington Ave. Suite 201 Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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