NPM Academic Scholarships

NPM Academic Scholarships assist with the cost of educational formation for pastoral musicians in formal academic settings. 

Scholarship Funds

This year, NPM and its partners are offering the following academic scholarships:

  • $3,000 NPM Members Scholarship
  • $3,000 La Beca Juan XXIII (reserved for Spanish-language pastoral musicians)
  • $2,500 OCP Scholarship
  • $2,000 GIA Pastoral Musicians Scholarship
  • $2,000 Nancy Bannister Scholarship
  • $1,500 James W. Kosnik Scholarship
  • $1,000 Funk Family Memorial Scholarship
  • $1,000 Dosogne Memorial Scholarship and Rendler-Georgetown Chorale Scholarship
  • $1,000 Father Lawrence Heiman, cpps, Scholarship (for students studying in the Program for Music and Liturgy at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI)
  • $1,000 Dr. Peter R. and Rosemary C. Girardot Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements

  • NPM Membership
  • Part-time or full-time enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program during the 2019-2020 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

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.

Application Requirements

1. A completed NPM Scholarship Application Form (pdf file)

2. A recording that demonstrates your solo performance skills (audio or video) or those of an ensemble under your direction (video preferred)

a. The recording should be approximately five minutes in length

b. The recording, or a link to the recording, should be emailed to

3. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation, including one written by your Pastor (forms are included in the Application Form above)

4. Completed Financial Need Statement

Application Deadline
April 5, 2019 

For additional information contact:

National Association of Pastoral Musicians
ATTN: NPM Academic Scholarships
962 Wayne Avenue, Suite 210
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4461 (subject line: NPM Academic Scholarships)

Scholarship applications cannot be reviewed without all completed forms.