Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships assist with the cost of educational formation for pastoral musicians in formal academic settings. Applicant must be an NPM member with a demonstrated financial need enrolled full-time or part-time in a graduate or undergraduate degree program of studies related to the field of pastoral music during the 2017–2018 school year. Applicant should intend to work at least two years in the field of pastoral music following graduation/program completion. NPM encourages members of all ethnic and racial groups to apply for scholarships.

Scholarship funds may be applied only to registration, tuition, fees, or books. Scholarship is awarded for one year only; former recipients may re-apply, but renewal is not automatic. This year, through the generosity of our members and our academic partners, NPM is offering $21,000 in academic scholarships.

This year, NPM and its affiliates offer eleven academic scholarships with a total value of $21,000. (An additional $500 is contributed to the Rensselaer Challenge Grant, which is administered and awarded by the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana.)

  • $3,000 NPM Members Scholarship
  • $3,000 Nancy Bannister Scholarship
  • $3,000 NPM La Beca Juan XXIII (awarded to a student of Hispanic/Latino/Latina background)
  • $2,000 NPM Presidential Scholarship
    $1,500 James W. Kosnik Scholarship
  • $1,000 Funk Family Memorial Scholarship
  • $1,000 Dosogne Memorial Scholarship, and the Rendler-Georgetown Choral Scholarship
  • $1,000 Father Lawrence Heiman, CPPS, Scholarship
  • $1,000 Lucien Deiss, CPPS, Memorial Scholarship
  • $2,500 OCP Scholarship
  • $2,000 GIA Pastoral Musicians Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements

  • NPM Membership
  • Part-time or full-time enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program during the 2017-2018 school year or in a continuing education program
  • Program of study must relate to the field of pastoral music
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Applicant should intend to work at least two years in the field of pastoral music following graduation/program completion
  • Scholarships are awarded for one year only; a former recipient may reapply but should not assume that renewal is automatic

Application Form (pdf file)

Financial Need Statement (pdf file)


Application Deadline
April 7, 2017 

For additional information contact:

National Association of Pastoral Musicians
962 Wayne Avenue, Suite 210
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4461
Phone: (240) 247-3000 or toll-free 1 (855) 207-0293
Fax: (240) 247-3001