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NCAAP Scholarships

Each year the NAACP, through generous donations, is able to provide scholarships to outstanding students. 
It is the duty of our dedicated Scholarship Committee to determine the most outstanding individuals to receive these awards.  The NAACP does not provide financial aid to individuals, only scholarships through this process. To apply for NAACP Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship, Hubertus W. V. Willems Scholarship and James Weldon Johnson Scholarship, go to the POISE Foundation website at:
The 2020 application is closed. Please check back in early 2021 for updated information.

Prepare to apply by gathering the following materials:

  • Copy of your NAACP membership card or membership application
  • Official transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from a teachers or professors in the major field of specialization (Willems only)
  • A one-page essay
  • Your student aid report
  • Evidence of acceptance or full-time enrollment

(Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics)
ACT-SO provides a forum through which youth of African descent demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes.
ACT-SO is a year-long youth achievement program that begins in August of each year in local communities nationwide.
In more than 200 local communities throughout the U.S., ACT-SO adult volunteers recruit students and mentors. Students work with mentors from August to April to develop their projects and performances for the local competition. They compete in 25 categories including Sciences, Business, Humanities, Performing Arts and Visual Arts,
National NAACP ACT-SO 410-580-5650 /
4805 Mt. Hope Dr., Baltimore, MD 21215-3297,
Contact: Los Angeles NAACP – 310.397.1147
Questions about 2019 ACT-SO application dates and schedule may be directed to Mrs. Mary Louise Batiste, email or, (310)-323-2264.
Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP ACT-SO 323-464-761----- Altadena NAACP ACT-SO Phone number (626) 794-2884 -------- San Gabriel Valley NAACP ACT-SO 909 717-9450----- Long Beach NAACP ACT-SO 562.856.7586------- Madera NAACP ACT-SO (559)  481-3511 -------- Fontana NAACP ACT-SO 909-887-7411
Orange County NAACP ACT-SO (562) 494-6507 -------- Lake Elsinore/SW Riverside County ACT-SO 626-316-417

The Music Center Spotlight Awards
Music Center / Performing Arts Center of L.A. County Performing and Visual Arts Competition .
Open to Southern California students enrolled in 9-12 grades.
Music Center, 717 West Temple St. Ste.44, LA 90012.  
Spotlight Applications are now open.  Deadline to apply is October 11, 2020  Enter at
PTSA Music Scholarship
Open to Secondary & High School Students in the 10th District / PTSA area
compete on standard orchestra instruments, piano & voice. Amount: private music lessons - $200
Apply to: 213-745-7114 Fax: 213-745-6426
LA Tenth District PTSA, 1000 Venice Blvd. LA 90015
The Tenth District PTSA Music Scholarship Program first began in 1939. Over the past 75 years, hundreds of students have received PTSA scholarships for private music lessons. Just this past year, Tenth District was able to award thirty-five (35) music scholarships of $200 each to deserving and talented secondary students. These scholarships were made possible because of the generous donations Tenth District received from units, councils and individuals.
Information about this program will be mailed to all secondary schools in early February. The school music teacher or principal recommends musically talented students or those who show unusual promise to audition for our scholarships. The auditions will be held in mid-March or early April.

Los Angeles Rotary Club
Pageant of The Arts:  Local and district music competitions for high school students.   
Rotary’s Pageant of the Arts provides high school students the opportunity to display their talents and compete with other students for recognition and monetary prizes.  Students gain valuable experience as well as exposure to University Deans and professors.
The Pageant of the Arts is a combination of four competitions for high school students in the areas of art, dance, music, and speech.  The competitions are held simultaneously in a building complex at Loyola Marymount University which includes an art exhibit space, a music auditorium, a dance studio and an adjacent building for the speech contest.  Individuals and teams compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable Mention in each contest.
Areas of competition:  SPEECH, MUSIC, ART and DANCE.
Prizes for each category:  1st place $1,000  *  2nd place $500  *  3rd place $250.00
Online Registration and Fees Due Date: February 2021
Location:  Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Online Registration and Fees Due Date:  February 16, 2019
Contact: 310-670-9792,  or to Pageant Chair Gerardo Jaramillo at his email address:

Young Musicians Foundation
The David Weiss Scholarship Program has granted multiple awards to talented young musicians in high school and college for the past 57 years. As private music instruction continues to become more and more expensive, YMF is one of the few places to which talented young musicians can apply for financial assistance
Applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent and financial need
under 18 years of age - instrumentalist not beyond 11th grade.
Scholarships: $500 to $2,500, Contact: YMF, 323-987-0065
1844 Cypress Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90065
Audition dates for 2021 available March 2021
Grammy Camp 2020
GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles (Non-Residential):
July 14-18, 2020
GRAMMY Camp is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music. Hosted on the campus of USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, students from across the country apply for one of the eight offered career tracks. GRAMMY Camp faculty of music professionals as well as guest industry professionals provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career.
Financial assistance is available for students who need it.

National Young Arts Foundation
YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.
For information:   Applications for the 2021 competition will be accepted this summer through October 16, 2020.
National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Boulevard,  Miami, FL 33137 (305) 377-1140 1 (800) 970 ARTS (2787

Tom Talbert Jazz Scholarship
For instrumental Jazz students
Pays full tuition and expenses for a year selected by audition
Contact: Jeff Jarvis, Department Of Music, 562-233-9811 or write: UMC-A512, Cal State Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach 90840

PianoArts 2020
North American Biennial Competition & Music Festival
In partnership with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Semifinals for the North American Competition will be held March 22-29, 2021 at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. For pianists ages 16-21, living or studying full time in North America. A challenging competition that prepares PianoArtists to build careers through rehearsals, conversations, and performances with professional musicians, and seminars with specialists from a diversity of arts organizations.
Finals with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and PianoArts Music Director Andrews Sill, Sue Medford, Founder. Held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2642 North Summit Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211. Email:

Worldstars (The World Championship of  Performing Arts)
International Worldstars Association
 7095 Hollywood Blvd., #745, Hollywood, CA  90028, (323) 851-4299, 851-4613,
An invitation-only competition covering 56 countries and 6 genres of entertainment-contestants apply through the website.  The 2019 Event is July 24-a,l21st. Free Online Auditions for #WCOPA 2019 TBA.  Contact or call 323-828-1238 for your #Audition.time!  All ages and talent levels welcome. #ExperienceWCOPA

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
Attn: Grants Chair
P.O. Box 80262
San Marino, CA 91118
(626) 578-8500 Applications and requirements can be obtained online at:
Applications open December 2020

Watts Towers Arts Center
Watts Towers Arts Center Campus
1727 East 107th Street
Los Angeles, California 90002
(213) 847- 4646
Applications for music classes are made through website at:
Address: 1727 E 107th St, L A, CA  90002 Call 213.847.4646 for information.

California State Summer School for the Arts (Formerly InnerSpark)
A four week summer program for talented and motivated high school students in California and beyond.  34th SUMMER SESSION Cancelled
Applications and information for CSSSA 2021 will be available at:
Address: 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355,
Director-Michael Fields Office: (916) 229-5160.
Mailing address: California State Summer School for the Arts, PO Box 1077, Sacramento, CA 95812-1077

A Place Called Home
2830 S. Central Ave., LA 90011
Enroll students through our membership office in year-round activities during 3 consecutive terms, Summer, Fall/Winter and Winter/Spring.
Music instruction is FREE - Commitment agreement and parental permission required. Scholarship opportunities available  - Contact Charyn Harris, Conductor of Music Programs: 323-232-7653, x209
Charles Kim, Music Department Coordinator: 323-232-7653, x246.
Additional programs info:    Applications Accepted Year-Round, (Scholarships and Financial Assistance Available)

Alkebu-lan Cultural Center
1435 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
The Alkebulan Youth Summer Arts Camp is a multi-disciplined immersive arts experience for youth ages 10-14. Over the course of 4 weeks students will study the basics of Digital Sound Design & Media, Theatre, Contemporary Dance, and Voice, The ACC Summer Youth Arts Camp is scheduled from June 25 to July 20.
Students will be selected through a fun and engaging audition for an intergenerational panel of professionally working artists. The ACC SYAC will culminate in an exhibit and performance on Saturday, July 21.
Additional information on programs can be found on http:// or by calling 626.794.9570

Jazz America
Committed to preserving and perpetuating the jazz tradition.
For further information about JazzAmerica,
Contact Program Director - Richard Simon:  310.836.2277

Pasadena Conservatory of Music
The Pasadena Conservatory of Music is a place of study, performance, and collaboration dedicated to teaching traditional and contemporary music.
Established in 1984, PASADENA CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC (PCM) is an independent, nonprofit, nationally-accredited community school whose mission is to educate, advocate, inspire, and share through music study and performance. The Conservatory offers a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses traditional and contemporary music for children and adults. More than 1,200 students attend the school annually and over 3,000 students in schools throughout the Pasadena, CA community benefit from its extensive outreach programs.
Located at 100 N. Hill St. Pasadena, California 91106 Classes for children ages 0–12.
Call 626.683.3355 to schedule a free trial class.
Information or e-mail at:

The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena
745 Sierra Madre Boulevard, San Marino, CA 91108 
Piano Competition with Cash Award Competition.
For information please contact Sofia MacIsaac at 626-793-6744.

The Charles Dolo Coker Jazz Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
The Charles Dolo Coker Scholarship Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist youth in their musical training, and to nurture the seeds of Jazz proficiency
Our annual April Tribute to Dolo Concert introduces our scholarship competition winners as they demonstrate their extraordinary talents. We also conduct a Jazz Clinic each February, where students and their families can learn directly from a panel of jazz greats, and a Jazz Showcase where established pros and up-and-coming stars can be seen, heard, and enjoyed.  For more information for 2021 call (323) 935-1374 or (562) 762-6441.

House of Blues Music Forward Foundation
7060 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Focusing on young people ages 12-22 in under-represented communities, we set the stage for success by providing workshops and showcases to inspire the next generation of music industry leaders and innovators.
Applications for Scholarships are made through the website