Music Talent Scholarship


Whittier College is pleased to offer special scholarships to entering first-years who demonstrate promise in music. 

Please visit the Department of Music page to learn more about music studies at Whittier College.

CCC Advantage and International students are not eligible to receive Talent Scholarships.

Participation Requirements

Talent scholarships are renewable for up to four years of continuous study at Whittier College provided that the recipient meets the following requirements: 

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student (at least 12 units per semester)
  • Enrolls in Music 70, Introduction to Music Theory and Musicianship during their first year, or transfers in comparable coursework (requires course enrollment; Music 70 is only offered in the Fall Semester, so plan accordingly)
  • Participates in a leadership capacity each semester in at least one Music Department-approved musical ensemble (requires course enrollment; course numbers vary per ensemble)
  • Maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.5

Application Process

The Talent Scholarship is based on a separate online application process from the Whittier College application. We will match your Talent Scholarship application with your Whittier College record using your email address, so you and your instructor must both input the same email address you used in your Common Application.

  • Music audition: See directions below
  • Music Essay: In 600 words or less, express the importance of music in your life presently and the place you believe it will hold in your future. Please write and save this essay in a format like Word, then be ready to copy and paste its contents into the application form when prompted. 
  • Music Instructor Recommendation: Ask a music teacher, band/orchestra/choir director, or private music instructor to agree to submit the online Music Instructor Recommendation. The Instructor Recommendation is due on the same date as your Talent Scholarship Application, so it is critical that you start this process early to provide your instructor with sufficient lead time.

YouTube Auditions

For the current year, all music auditions will be conducted online via YouTube.

To submit your video audition, you will copy its link into your application form. Therefore, you must be prepared to submit this video by the application date.

  • Make sure that your YouTube video is not set to Private
  • You may set the video to Unlisted to prevent unauthorized viewers
  • Title your video “Whittier Music Audition: [First and Last Name]”
  • Include the titles and composers of the work(s) performed in your video description
  • You may submit one YouTube video that includes both audition pieces, or two separate YouTube videos that each contain a single audition piece

Videos of live public performances or group performances will not be accepted. Treat this exactly as you would a live audition, performing solo or with one accompanist in a private room as though you were performing in front of the audition committee.


There are two deadlines to consider when applying for a Talent Scholarship:

Early Action: January 14

Regular Decision: March 4

You must be a Whittier College applicant to be eligible for these Scholarships. Visit our First-Year or Transfer admission pages for more details about how to apply if you have not done so already.

Additional Assistance

If you have any questions or concerns, please review the Talent Scholarship FAQ.