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Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program
Sponsor: South Carolina State Department of Education
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Eligibility: Applicants must be high school seniors in South Carolina public schools, have attended South Carolina public schools for the past two consecutive years and be U.S. citizens. There are five categories: creative writing, dance, music, theater and visual arts. For the creative writing category, a sonnet, lyric or narrative poem no longer than one page must be submitted. For the dance category, an original, short dance composition of three to ten minutes. For the music category, an original composition of three to ten minutes must be submitted. For the theater category, an original one-act play with a performing time of eight to fifteen minutes. For the visual arts category, an original visual composition must be submitted. Compositions are judged on creativity, originality and quality of expression and content.

Amount: $2,000
Deadline: February 6
How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form, composition and process folio are required.
Website: http://ed.sc.gov

John Lennon Scholarship Competition
Sponsor: BMI Foundation Inc.
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007
Eligibility: Applicants must be age 17 to 24 and write an original song to be reviewed by a prestigious panel of judges. Entries are to be submitted by music schools, universities, youth orchestras and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC).

Amount: Up to $20,000
Deadline: April 5
How to apply: Please see the website for a full list of eligible organizations that may submit entries.
Website: http://www.bmifoundation.org

Junior Composers Award
Sponsor: National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Composers Award
Deborah De La Torre, Chairman
P.O. Box 2680
Centennial, CO 80161
Eligibility: There are four age classes: 9 and under; 10-12; 13-15 and 16-18. Applicants must be members of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Selection is based on content and musicianship. There is a $5.00 entry fee plus state entry fee.

Amount: $50-$200
Deadline: Varies
How to apply: Applications are available online.
Website: http://www.nfmc-music.org

NFMC Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Awards
Sponsor: National Federation of Music Clubs Olson Awards
James Schnars
331 Cleveland Street
Apartment 804
Clearwater, FL 33755
Eligibility: Applicants must be at least in grade 7 and no older than age 25. Applicants must be members of the National Federation of Music Clubs and must submit an original piano composition to be judged. This biennial award is given in odd-numbered years.

Amount: $1,500
Deadline: March 1
How to apply: Applications are available online.
Website: http://www.nfmc-music.org

Stillman Kelley National Instrumental Awards
Sponsor: National Federation of Music Clubs Stillman-Kelley Award
Nathalie Steinbach
15 Mount Vernon Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Eligibility: Applicants must be instrumentalists, must not reach their 19th birthday by March 1 and be members of the National Federation of Music Clubs. This award rotates by region with the Northeastern and Southeastern regions in even years and Central and Western regions in odd years.

Amount: $200-$1,000
Deadline: February 1
How to apply: Applications are available online.
Website: http://www.nfmc-music.org

The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
Sponsor: ASCAP Foundation
One Lincoln Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Eligibility: Applicants must be composers who have not turned 30 before January 1 of the current year. They must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents or enrolled students with a student visa. Applicants must submit an original composition.

Amount: Varies
Deadline: February 15
How to apply: Applications are available online.
Website: http://www.ascapfoundation.org

The Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards
Sponsor: ASCAP Foundation
One Lincoln Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Eligibility: Applicants must be under the age of 30 and U.S. citizens or permanent residents. They must submit one original composition, including a score and performance, if possible.

Amount: Varies
Deadline: December 1
How to apply: Applications are available online.
Website: http://www.ascapfoundation.org

Youth Free Expression Network Film Contest
Sponsor: National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)
19 Fulton Street
Suite 407
New York, NY 10038
Eligibility: Students must be 19 years or younger. Films must be four minutes or less in a variety of genres including documentary, music video and experimental. Top three winners receive cash stipends.

Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: March 15
How to apply: Applications are available online.
Website: http://www.ncac.org