OSU Scholarship Opportunities for String Players

Greenwood School of Music Scholarships

In order to qualify for a merit-based scholarship through the Greenwood School of Music, prospective string students must play an audition for members of the OSU String Area as part of their application process to the music program and University.  Students intending to major in music are given priority in the awarding of scholarship money.  Additionally, there are limited funds available for students wanting to participate in the OSU Symphony but not major in music; these students must also play an audition in order to be considered for a scholarship award. 

Based on the strength of their audition, out-of-state students can qualify for an out-of-state tuition waiver, an award that reduces the price of tuition to an in-state level.

Prospective graduate students can qualify for Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) awards based on the strength of their audition and their academic/professional record.  The OSU String Area also offers up to four graduate tuition waivers through the Patti Johnson Wilson Fellowships in String Orchestral Performance; these are awarded through competitive audition.

University Scholarships

All students who apply to OSU are immediately considered for University Assured, Partnered and Competitive scholarships, based on a range of qualifications including but not limited to test scores, GPA, leadership and community service, essays, interviews and financial need.  Learn more here.

Once enrolled at OSU, many students receive additional merit-based scholarships based upon their academic and musical performance while students in our program.  These scholarships are nomination- or application-based, and competitive within the Greenwood School of Music, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences.  Learn more about these opportunities.


For grants, loans, Federal Work-Study and some scholarships, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  We recommend that all students file their FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible for the most financial aid consideration.  For more information, visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/.