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Lead With Music

50% Tuition Scholarship

Become a Leader in the Creative Field of Music

Duquesne University has approved a 50% Tuition Scholarship for freshmen and external transfers accepted into the Mary Pappert School of Music beginning in the Fall 2019 semester. The 50% tuition scholarship represents the University commitment to providing you with the support you need to become the musician you want to be.

Why the Initiative?

Duquesne recognizes the significant contributions that musicians make to our society. This scholarship is our commitment to and investment in future musical leaders. We are offering an affordable, high-quality music education which will ensure that we have expertly trained musicians in the future serving our community and the world with their artistry.

Who is eligible?
  • Undergraduate students enrolled as a first-time, full-time freshman in the Mary Pappert School of Music beginning in the Fall 2019 semester.
  • Undergraduate students transferring from another instituition enrolled full-time in the Mary Pappert School of Music beginning in the Fall 2019 semester.

*This program is for incoming students enrolled for the Fall 2019 semester and does not apply to music students or internal transfers currently enrolled at Duquesne University.

What are the scholarship parameters?
  • No separate application is required. All fully accepted students (accepted by the university and the music school) will automatically receive the scholarship.
  • The 50% Tuition Scholarship will keep pace proportionately with annual tuition increases.
  • The 50% Tuition Scholarship is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study as long as the recipient remains enrolled full-time in the Mary Pappert School of Music.
  • If a recipient leaves the Mary Pappert School of Music, the scholarship will be discontinued. However, the student, if transferring to another school within the university, will be reviewed for other forms of institutional aid.
  • As noted above, this program does NOT apply to students currently enrolled at Duquesne.
What aid is availble beyond the 50% Tuition Scholarship?
  • Additional grant funds may be available based on need, audition results, instrument or major.
  • A limited number of highly talented first-time freshmen may be eligible for up to a full-tuition scholarship based on their audition results, financial need and academic merit.
  • Students may also be eligible for additional funds if they live on campus.
  • All applicants who complete a FAFSA will be considered for federal, state and institutional need based grants, loans and student employment.
Why is this award not available to currently enrolled students?

Current School of Music undergraduate students received competitive financial aid awards in the form of academic, performance and need-based aid as part of an overall awarding strategy unique to their semester of entrance. This awarding strategy is based on a number of different criteria, including funds available at the time, competitor behavior, enrollment trends, number of qualified applicants, etc. Such year-to-year to awarding strategy changes are not unique to the School of Music; they impact all schools/undergraduate programs within the University. Each student made the decision to attend Duquesne based on the amount of aid (academic, performance and need-based) at the time of their admission.


Contact the Office of Music Admission for more information.

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