Scholarship Guidelines

The following information is provided to assist students, parents, and faculty members in understanding the scholarship policies of the Nevada School of the Arts. We offer Need-based and Merit Scholarships

Deadlines and General Scholarship Policies

  • To be considered for Fall 2020 or 2020-2021 Academic Year, applications must be submitted by 4:00pm on August 27, 2020. For Spring only, applications must be submitted by 4:00pm on January 8, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Any award will be credited only for the principal area of study.
  • A student who registers for one semester only (fall or spring) will be awarded a scholarship for that semester only and will be expected to reapply for funding the following semester. Scholarships are not available for the summer semester.
  • If a student registers for lessons in fall and spring and is awarded a scholarship, the scholarship will cover both semesters, providing a positive teacher evaluation is received by the office at the end of the fall semester. However, if the student is registering for different and/or additional activities in spring, he/she is expected to submit a new application form in spring.
  • Reduction of lesson length will not be allowed after the reward has been granted. Any increase in lesson length during the award period will not result in a proportionate increase in the award.
  • Students who withdraw prior to the completion of a semester will have 100% of their awards revoked and will be charged in full for all lessons scheduled, and /or taken up to the time of the school’s  receipt of a written withdrawal request.
  • The acceptance of a Need-based or Merit Scholarship from Nevada School of the Arts carries with it an obligation on the part of the student to attend lessons on a regular basis and to work diligently on making progress in his/her principal area of concentration. Scholarships may be withdrawn at any time if the recipient fails to commit to the minimum standards which are expected by the teacher and Nevada School of the Arts. The receipt of a scholarship once does not guarantee assistance in the future.
  • Recipients of Need-based or Merit Scholarship are required to perform in the school’s end-of-term recitals. In addition, they may be asked to perform on behalf of the school either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble or to assist in school events appropriate for their age and ability.
  • All applicants will be informed of the scholarship decisions in writing within one week of the application deadline. All those awarded scholarship awards are expected to respond in writing within one week; failure to contact the office to indicate acceptance of the award renders the award null and void and the money will revert to the scholarship pool.

Need-Based Scholarship Awards


Families with a child or children younger than 18 years old are eligible to apply for a need-based scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the following:

  • Need, as demonstrated by family size, income, and extenuating circumstances;
  • Teacher evaluation, either from the current NSA teacher for returning applicants or from a classroom teacher (preferably art or music) for new applicants;
  • Availability of scholarship funds;
  • Applicant’s payment history with the school program


  • Awards are partial and are awarded in the form of discounted registration fees. Please submit one form per family, listing all members requesting funding.
  • Those who are new to the program, if funded, are likely to receive a small award as first-time applicants; this may be re-evaluated and increased by the committee in an upcoming semester
  • A family with a gross adjusted income of $60,000 or more per year is ineligible to apply for a need scholarship.


Applications missing any of the following or submitted after the deadline will not be considered:

Scholarship Application Form: The scholarship application form must include a photocopy of your most recent federal income tax return. If parents and/or guardians file taxes separately, please include a copy of both statements. If you did not file a tax return, a letter from your employer stating your income or a copy of your W2 form will suffice. A pay stub is not sufficient. If your financial situation has changed since your last filing, you must verify your current status and benefit, in addition to providing your most recent tax return. Include all forms of assistance, i.e. public assistance, child support, alimony, housing allowances, unemployment benefits, etc. A written statement is not sufficient. All income information will be held in the strictest confidence. Applicants are responsible for making their own photocopies.

Program Registration Form and Fee: Applicants must complete a registration form, indicating what lesson, ensemble, or class the student is interested in taking.

The registration form must be accompanied by the $15.00 program registration fee, which is non-refundable. Final billing arrangements will be made for all scholarship applicants after the awards are allocated.

Teacher Recommendation: This may be either your current NSA teacher (preferable) or a classroom teacher. These can be mailed or emailed to the director.

Any award will be credited only for the principal area of study.

Merit Scholarship Awards


Nevada School of the Arts is committed to providing high quality music education that is affordable and available to the widest possible audience.

Students currently registered for lessons and enrolled in ensembles at the Nevada School of the Arts qualify to apply for Merit based Scholarship each year.

Limitations in the amount of scholarship available may mean that not every talented student with a demonstrated need can be helped. All applications received will be considered equally and the school will assist as many students as possible.

All applicants must submit the Merit Scholarship Application and Teacher Recommendation FormAll information submitted will be kept in strict confidence.

*Beginning Fall 2019: Merit Scholarships will be distributed at the end of the semester as a credit towards the following semester (i.e. Fall Semester awards will be credited towards Spring Semester Tuition).

Traditional Strings Scholarship
for 2nd year string students thru 12th graders.

This 60% scholarship is offered to string players who have not had lessons at NSA before and are not currently affording private lessons elsewhere.

Below is the tuition without scholarship and with scholarship.
30-minute lessons  =  $640 $256 per semester  ($16 per lesson)
45-minute lessons  =  $960 $384 per semester  ($24 per lesson)
60-minute lessons  =  $1200 $480 per semester  ($30 per lesson)

Each semester consists of 15 lessons and participation in a recital. This performance is required for all scholarship recipients.


  • Complete NSA Online Registration
  • Complete Online Scholarship Application
    • A 2-minute video of student’s current level of playing required (Record a two minute video of your playing, upload it to YouTube or to your cloud, and share the link with us in the application)
    • Provide an orchestra teacher’s or community orchestra representative’s name and email so we may request a teacher recommendation from them


Student must:

  • be eligible for free/reduced meal program
  • not be leaving another private teacher to apply for this scholarship
  • remain in good standing in school orchestra program, or community orchestra (related to who the recommending teacher or community orchestra representative)
  • perform in the end of semester recital which will be recorded and used to help determine eligibility for a second semester of scholarship

Family must:

  • complete invoiced payments in a timely manner (family share will be paid in advance in accordance with our payment plan)

Scholarship is awarded as a reduction in tuition for private lessons.