These changes will allow UIS to offer generous and attractive music scholarships to talented student musicians, while helping the university spend scholarship dollars strategically and effectively to increase the yield and retention of all students. A comprehensive scholarship review by an external consultant is planned for 2023, which may facilitate and inform further changes to all UIS scholarship programs in the future.

  1. Students may only have one admission merit scholarship, and may not stack any admission merit/discount awards or full-tuition waivers, including:
    1. CAP Honors Scholarship
    2. Camerata Scholarship
    3. Lincoln First Year Scholarship
    4. Memorial Health Pre-Nursing Scholarship
    5. Transfer Merit Scholarship
    6. Full-tuition waivers, such as Child of Veterans, Illinois National Guard, Illinois Veterans or Employee tuition waivers

The only exception to the prohibition on stacking scholarships is the Presidential Award Program (PAP), which may be stacked, up to the cost of total tuition/fees.

  1. Utilize the seven (7) endowed music scholarships worth over $16,000 (donor-funded) to supplement the scholarship offerings and attract and retain more students. Students will be encouraged to apply for the donor-funded scholarships.
  2. If a student decides to leave the music program at some point, they would revert back to any original admission scholarship that was offered, such as the Lincoln scholarship.
  3. If a student transfers out or withdraws from the program after scholarship funds have been distributed, no alternate students will be accepted.
  4. Up to four (4) Camerata Scholarships ($10,000 each per year and renewable for four years) can be awarded to incoming students each fall semester. If there are withdrawals from the program in the previous academic year, additional scholarships may be awarded to maintain the total number of sixteen (16) awardees across four years in the program.
  5. The Music Program and Financial Aid will work collaboratively in the selection process. All scholarship offers will be awarded through the Office of Financial Assistance to ensure consistency among all admission merit scholarships.
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