Undergraduate Scholarships for Music Majors at UMBC

A number of merit-based scholarships are available for students who are interested in majoring in music at UMBC.

Incoming freshman and transfer students should submit application materials to the Admissions Office (410-­455-2291 or UMBC Admissions) and contact Lisa Cella to schedule an audition (

Linehan Artist Scholars Program

The Linehan Artist Scholars Program is for incoming freshmen who show high musical and intellectual ability, and who seek to develop their talent in the context of a strong liberal arts education. Linehan Artist Scholars receive four-year scholarships ranging from $5,000 – $15,000 per academic year for in-state students, and from $10,000- $22,000 per academic year for out-of-state students, to assist in covering tuition, mandatory fees, and other expenses. For information about how to become a Linehan Artist Scholar go to

Fine Arts Awards

Offered to freshmen and transfer students, this scholarship is for music majors who show considerable talent and promise in music. Students audition and then are selected by the music faculty. The award offers up to $2500 per year toward tuition.

Johann E. Eltermann Award

Offered to a continuing music major, the Eltermann Award offers up to $1000 per year based on the students interest in German language or culture, as well as the quality of the student’s performance in both music classes and performances. Applications can be picked up in the music office at the beginning of the spring semester.

UMBC Music Performance Fellowships

UMBC Music Performance Fellowships waive the private lesson fee for musically talented students majoring in ANY department. This program is highly competitive, and awards are based on merit, not need. Students are required to perform in The UMBC Chamber Players, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble or Camerata throughout the duration of their award.

Paul Levin Memorial Scholarship

Offered to a deserving undergraduate student majoring in music and pursuing teacher certification. The student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, majoring in music, financial need, pursuing teacher certification, and demonstrated record of community service and/or leadership.

Tom Goldstein and Peter S. Goldstein Percussion Endowment

Established in 2023 by UMBC Professor Tom Goldstein in memory of his father, Peter S. Goldstein, the Tom Goldstein and Peter S. Goldstein Percussion Endowment provides research and study awards up to $2,000 for students majoring in percussion, or music majors whose primary interest is percussion, to study at established percussion workshops, conferences, masterclasses, and festivals. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

David W. Smith Vocal Scholarship

The scholarship seeks to honor the memory of David W. Smith, an extraordinary singer and a brilliant and dedicated professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  In his short time on Earth, David touched so many lives and inspired so many people, students and colleagues alike.  It is the mission of this foundation to create a living legacy of the artistry and humanity David possessed so his spirit can continue to be a powerful force in the UMBC community.

To be eligible, applicants must be a Music Major with a concentration in Vocal Performance entering the semester of their gateway jury OR second semester at UMBC after transferring.  This scholarship is awarded on the equal consideration of talent, need, and the quality of their essay and is available for a maximum of two (2) years pending a review after the first year receiving it.  The amount of the award will vary based on the financial eligibility of the student.  A recommendation from the student’s major teacher will be needed for the application

For more information, please visit the scholarship website.