Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

NEW process for 2021 Merit Scholarship. Click the application below to find out more!

Scholarships are available for music lessons based on merit. Awards are determined by audition.

Merit Scholarships are available for dancers enrolled in the full curriculum for intermediate II-Advanced II and are members of Flint Youth Ballet. The audition for the Merit Scholarships for dance takes place during the Nutcracker audition each fall.

Students seeking a Music Lesson Merit Scholarship are required to:

  1. Applicants must be a current FSPA student enrolled in a full nine-week term of music lessons and have completed the previous full term of FSPA music lessons. Tuition must be paid in full for current term to be eligible. Applicants may audition only on the instrument they study at FSPA. 
  2. Complete and return this application to the FSPA Office no later than 5:00 PM at the date indicated in the table below. Applications will only be accepted by e-mail or in-person. If you have questions about the application deadline, please contact the FSPA office at (810) 238-1350, ext. 3.


2021-2022 Application Deadlines
Summer: Application Deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021 Audition Date: June 5, 2021
Fall: Application Deadline: Friday, September 17, 2021, 5:00 pm Audition Date: October 8 & 9, 2021
Winter: Application Deadline: Friday, January 14, 2022, 5:00 pm Audition Date: February 11 & 12, 2022

Students seeking a Music Lesson Merit Scholarship are required to:

  1. Applicants must complete an audition consisting of a prepared portion of a solo. If you have previously performed a piece that was awarded a scholarship, you must select a new piece. Your audition starts once you walk into the audition room and have been introduced to the Adjudicators. The adjudicators may interrupt your piece at any point in time. If you need a specific audition time, please note it at the bottom of this application and we will do our best accommodate your request.
  2. Vocalists Only: If you need an accompanist, please pick up a How to Find an Accompanist information sheet at the office. You may apply for assistance in paying for an accompanist if needed through the Fund for Student Needs.
  3. Scholarship awards are determined solely by the adjudicators at the time of the audition. Awards range from $50 - $800 (see pg. 2 for details).
  4. Members of the Dort Honors String Quartet, FSPA Honors String Quartet or the Shand Honors Flute Quartet are ineligible to audition for a merit scholarship for fall & winter semesters.
  5. All communications surrounding auditions and scholarship awards will be sent by e-mail. Please actively monitor the e-mail address you provided on your application.


Beginners and students with no previous experience are ineligible for this program.

There are no full paid scholarships.
You must register for and receive 9 lessons per term to be eligible.

Download an application form

NEW process for 2021 Merit Scholarship. Click the application below to find out more!

2021 - 2022 Music Lesson Merit Registration Form
2021 - 2022 Music Lesson Merit Scholarship Awards

The FSPA does not discriminate with regard to race, religion, height, weight, sex, marital status, familial status, creed, color, handicap, age or national origin. This program is made possible by the William & Adelaide Lane and the Charles B. Cumings Endowment Fund, the Virginia Tripp Memorial Scholarship (in memory of Dr. Martha Guenin), the Logan Michael Hale Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Colleen Gagne Hentgen Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Susan Fulcher Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Bruce H. Robart Memorial Scholarship and the Black Classical Origins Celebrating World Class Diversity Scholarship Fund.