Student Scholarship Funds

With the rising cost of higher education, our ability to attract the finest young performers and remain one of the nation's leading conservatories is increasingly dependent on how much scholarship support we can offer our students.

Scholarship gifts are the single most important support a talented young artist can receive. As a small and specialized college, these contributions help us keep pace with the increasing costs of excellence in performing arts training, such as state-of-the-art facilities, hiring the best faculty in the world, and personalized attention for all students. Currently, more than two-thirds (67 percent) of Conservatory students receive some form of institutional grants and/or scholarship aid—however, this only makes up a small percentage of tuition costs. In order to make our leading programs truly accessible to all the talented artists who deserve to study here, it is our goal to be able to offer robust scholarship support to 100 percent of our students.

We invite you to help a student reach his or her educational goals by making a tax-deductible scholarship gift or establishing a Named Scholarship at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Benefits of a Named Scholarship include the opportunity to build a meaningful relationship with a Conservatory student and the personal satisfaction of supporting one of the next generation's finest musicians, composers, singers, dancers, choreographers, actors, or arts educators. If you prefer to give a scholarship outright and not be paired with a student, you may also choose that option.

Student Scholarship Program

Our Student Scholarship Program allows you to create a scholarship in your own name, in the name of your family or company, or in honor or memory of someone. Donors may choose to contribute to either an Annual Named Scholarship or an Endowed Named Scholarship:

Annual Student Scholarship

An Annual Student Scholarship is a gift of $5,000, $10,000, or more that supports a single student for one academic year. This is a one-time scholarship that would provide one student with scholarship aid for one year.

Endowed Student Scholarship

An Endowed Student Scholarship is a scholarship that is awarded annually in perpetuity. Establishing a new Endowed Named Scholarship, or to contributing to an existing one, requires an outright gift or multi-year pledge of $50,000 or more.

Donors also have the ability to award an annual scholarship while concurrently building an endowed Named Scholarship Fund.

As a scholarship donor, you will also be invited to attend the Scholarship Tea, an annual event held in the fall, bringing student scholarship recipients together with their generous donors.

To learn more, contact Eileen Meny, senior stewardship officer, at 617-747-8366 or

Examples of Student Scholarships

The H. Wilfred Churchill Scholarship is the legacy of a 1938 graduate and cherished piano faculty member. A native of Nova Scotia, Canada, Churchill retired in 1987 and is remembered for introducing music for piano four-hand concerts to the Conservatory. Significantly, he was the first person to bequeath his entire estate to the college, and his 1994 bequest provides an annual piano scholarship awarded in his name.

The William A. Seymour Music Education Scholarship was established in 1997 to honor the service of music educator and now President Emeritus William Seymour. This award provides support for talented students in the Music Education program who display the potential to become outstanding classroom teachers and advocates for music education.

The Alfred E. Lee Memorial Scholarship was established in 1988 in memory of an esteemed and inspirational piano faculty member. The scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate who demonstrates superior artistic potential and the personal discipline necessary for success. Competition for the Lee Scholarship occurs in the spring, with a winner selected by a vote of the entire Piano Department.

The Dana Brayton Scholarship Fund was created by his family in the fall of 2006 in memory of a beloved member of the Composition faculty. Scholarships will be awarded to graduates of the Boston Arts Academy who enroll at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.