FAQs: Young Artist Alumni Scholarship

Please thoroughly review this section. If you have a question about the Young Artist Alumni Scholarship (YAAS) that is not addressed here, you may also call From the Top’s Scholarship Department at (617) 437-0707 x121 or email scholarship@fromthetop.org.

To apply, please send an email to scholarship@fromthetop.org

Deadline to apply: Monday, September 17, 2018

1. The Basics

1a. What is the Young Artist Alumni Scholarship?

The Young Artist Alumni Scholarship (YAAS) is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship of up to $10,000. The award is given to talented pre-collegiate musicians with financial need to help offset the often prohibitively expensive costs of studying classical music at a high level. This year, From the Top will choose 5 exceptional pre-collegiate Cooke alums, ages 8-18, to receive the Young Artist Alumni Scholarship.

1b. How many YAAS recipients will be selected?

Five scholarship recipients will be selected from across the country.

1c. When and how are the YAAS recipients announced?

Award announcements will be made by Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

1d. Is YAAS renewable?

No. The Young Artist Alumni Scholarship is a one-time award.

1e. Can the scholarship be used to pay for college tuition?

The scholarship cannot be used to pay for college tuition. It can be applied to a wide variety of pre-collegiate music expenses (see question 4a).

2. Eligibility

2a. Who is eligible to apply?

We’re looking for classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers who previously received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award before April 2018 and have not yet entered college during the 2018-2019 school year. You must be between the ages of 8–18 and a full-time elementary, middle, or high school student to apply. College students and those who have already graduated from high school may not apply.

2b. Must I be a U.S. citizen to apply?

No. You must, however, currently reside and/or study in the United States full-time.

2c. Are home-schooled students eligible to apply?

Yes. Home-schooled students must submit grade reports or grade summaries and standardized test scores, if available, such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT, or state standardized tests. Please note that our strong preference is that someone other than the home-schooling parent completes the Academic Recommendation form. This can be a teacher from the past if the student used to attend a standard school, or from another instructor, tutor, or mentor.

2d. What are the selection criteria?

Students are evaluated and chosen for the Young Artist Alumni Scholarship based on the following criteria (in order of importance): exceptional musical achievement, unmet financial need, academic achievement, and strength of character. Please click HERE for more information on selection criteria.

2e. How do I know if I am financially eligible?

Applicants must provide evidence of a family income insufficient to meet the costs of his/her musical pursuits (new instruments, music lessons, and travel, etc.). Recipients will likely come from families with an annual household Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of under $60,000. If your family’s AGI is over $90,000, you are likely not eligible for the Alumni Scholarship. We do, however, take into account high cost of living in some areas, extraordinary medical expenses, and other extenuating circumstances. Please contact the Scholarship Department at (617) 437-0707 x121 or scholarship@fromthetop.org if you have questions.

3. How to apply

3a. What are the key dates in the YAAS application process?

Applications are due by Monday, September 17, 2018. Results will be sent out by Monday, November 6, 2018. All scholarship funds must be spent by May 31, 2019.

3b. When should I apply? Is there an advantage to applying early?

There is no advantage to applying early. All applications are given equal consideration regardless of date submitted – the most important thing is that you apply before the deadline when you feel you are prepared and playing your best.

3c. What do I need to apply?

After filling out both sections of the online application, you will be asked to provide contact information for two teachers who will fill out recommendation forms on your behalf. You will need two recommendations – one from a music teacher and one from an academic teacher. Recommendations are due no later than five days after the deadline.

In addition to the online portion of the application, you must mail us a copy of your parent’s most recent tax forms for 2017, your academic transcript, and your standardized test scores (if applicable). These documents must be postmarked by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered for this scholarship.

3d. May my parent/guardian complete any section of the application on my behalf?

Parents and/or guardians may complete the financial portion of the application. However, the student applicant must complete all other sections of the application.

3e. What are the audition recording requirements?

Please visit the radio program’s Frequently Asked Questions for information on audition recording requirements.

3f. I was awarded the Young Artist Award as part of an appearance with my small ensemble, can I still apply for YAAS?

Yes. Students who applied for the show as part of a small ensemble may apply as individuals for the Young Artist Alumni Scholarship through our online application system. If more than one applicant in a small ensemble wishes to apply for the scholarship, they may do so by applying individually. Only those students who are financially eligible (see Application Information) should apply for the Scholarship.

3g. If I receive the YAAS, can I be considered for another appearance on NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley?

No, unfortunately, this scholarship does not come with the opportunity to perform on our radio show. However, we frequently invite alumni to perform on music videos and occasionally on radio shows, as needed.

3h. If I am not selected for the YAAS this year, may I apply again?

No, unfortunately, this is a one-time, non-renewable award. We are grateful to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for making this additional recognition possible for our alumni.

4. Receiving the Scholarship

4a. How can I use the scholarship money?

Each recipient will receive a scholarship of up to $10,000 to purchase a new instrument, music equipment, pay for music lessons, and/or other music-related endeavors. Summer festival tuition is NOT eligible due to the terms of the scholarship. All scholarship funds must be spent by May 31, 2019.

4b. Can I use the scholarship to pay for college tuition?

The scholarship cannot be used to pay for college tuition. It can be applied to a wide variety of pre-collegiate music expenses (see above). If you have any questions about this, please contact the Scholarship Department at (617) 437-0707 x121 or email scholarship@fromthetop.org.



4c. Is the scholarship renewable?

No. Like the Young Artist Award, the Yong Artist Alumni Scholarshp is a one-time scholarship.

4d. What services and support do YAAS recipients receive?

Scholarship recipients receive up to $10,000 in financial support to offset the often prohibitively expensive costs of continuing to study classical music at a high level. We are unfortunately not able to provide an opportunity for the recipient to perform on the show again, nor partake in another Arts Leadership session, as this stand-alone opportunity does not have any accompanying requirements or additional benefits.