Scholarships & Grants

Performing Arts Scholarships

Bryan College offers performing arts scholarships to qualified students.

These are primarily reserved for Music and Theatre majors. (However, the Music Department does not make a distinction between Music majors and Music minors during the freshmen year.) This means that any student with a serious interest in pursuing music or theatre on some level should audition for a scholarship.

Upperclass Music and Theatre majors are also eligible for various performing arts grants awarded at Honors Day in the spring of each year.

Music Scholarships

The amount of the award is based on funds available, quality of the audition, and potential for success as a music major.

Music scholarships are awarded to new students who are enrolled in Music Theory I, enrolled in an Ensemble, attend Music Repertoires, and attend Fine Arts Concerts. Music majors and minors all begin with the above components. After the freshman year, scholarships will be continued for music majors only.

Prospective students should audition at a scheduled visit event, or at other times set up by the Admissions Department during campus visits, preferably no later than April 1. One Musical Merit Scholarship will be awarded annually to the most outstanding prospective music major. Applicants will audition during a Scholarship Weekend Event.

Families will be notified of music scholarship amounts by the Office of Financial Aid as soon as all forms have been processed.  Dollar amounts will not be finalized until both music performance competitions have concluded.  If funds are available, the music department may occasionally choose to award additional scholarships to deserving students who audition after the April 1 deadline.

Musical Merit Scholarship


These auditions are designed for accomplished musicians who are planning to major in music at Bryan College. The areas of performance are vocal, piano, organ, standard band/orchestral instruments, and classical guitar. To be invited to audition weekend, a student must complete a Bryan College application, on paper or online, and be accepted by January 15. Other than the standard admissions requirements, there are no special requirements for GPA or standardized test scores.

One winner of the Musical Merit Scholarship Audition will receive an $8000 music scholarship plus additional scholarships (academic, etc.). This will be renewable yearly as long as the recipient is pursuing a music major. Various smaller music scholarships will also be awarded to those who do not receive first place.

Theatre Scholarship

Amount Varies

Awarded to students who demonstrate theatrical ability and participate in theatrical productions at Bryan College. Typically, the scholarship recipients major or minor in Theatre. Candidates must audition with the theatre faculty.

The best opportunity to visit campus and audition is by attending one of the Scholarship Weekend events. Students planning to audition should complete this application and bring it with them when they audition.

The Hilltop Players have been producing plays and musicals for more than 40 years. The Bryan College theatre production team has grown to be a major cultural element of the college as well as the Southeast Tennessee community. Theatre Scholarships are now available both for students who work in front of the curtain as well as those with backstage abilities. Although we encourage students who receive theatre scholarships to major or minor in theatre, it is not a requirement. Many of our most gifted players are majoring in other academic areas.

Worship Arts Scholarship

Amount varies, renewable*

Awarded to students who demonstrate musical ability through an individual audition or during a Scholarship Weekend Event. Recipients are selected by the Department of Worship Arts in collaboration with the Office of Financial Aid. Worship Arts Scholarships are available to Christian Ministries: Worship Arts majors and minors. If you are interested in being considered for this scholarship, complete the following steps by March 31:

  1. Prepare a 15-minute audition consisting of at least three selections ideally representing a breadth of musical genres (e.g., contemporary worship song; traditional hymn; gospel; rock; classical; folk; etc.). Selections need not be memorized, but memorization is usually more impressive. An accompanist will be provided if needed; pre-recorded accompaniments may also be used.
  2. Register each semester for at least 3 credit hours per semester of Christian Ministry or Music courses required for the Christian Ministries: Worship Arts degree.
  3. To schedule an audition time, please e-mail Kerrie Murphy in admissions.

*A student may not combine the music, worship arts and/or music merit scholarship.