Merit scholarships, awarded once per year, are based on the student’s demonstrated proficiency, discipline, and commitment to excellence.
To be considered for a merit scholarship, currently enrolled students must upload audition videos to their re-enrollment packet prior to submission no later than May 18, 2021. Families will need to log in to their ParentsWeb account on the family portal of FACTS.
Once you have accessed your re-enrollment packet, students will find this question in the student information section: “Are you planning to apply for a merit scholarship?” If yes, check “Yes.” You will then be prompted to upload your audition video link into the next field. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Students applying for a merit scholarship may also apply for financial aid. Some scholarships require students to demonstrate financial need. Not filling out the Omaha Conservatory’s financial aid application form could disqualify applicants from some awards.
This form also requires you submit a YouTube link to your video audition:
- Record a video (3-5 minutes in length) of a performance of a piece from memory. (Tip: Recitals provide an excellent opportunity to obtain such a recording.)
- Upload the video to YouTube, labeling with the name of the piece, movement, composer, and name of the student.
- Mark the video as “Unlisted.”
Once a merit scholarship application is received online, the student’s teacher is sent a form where they are asked to evaluate their student and provide brief comments.
Merit scholarship winners are announced by August 1. There may be a few special occasions throughout the year during which merit scholars will be expected to perform. They are expected to have a short selection (3-5 minutes) ready for such occasions. These dates are to be determined.
Merit scholar applications for academic year 20/21 are currently only available to students already enrolled at Omaha Conservatory of Music.
Currently enrolled students can apply for merit scholarships via their Parentsweb account on the Family Portal of FACTS.