KMTA sponsors a music scholarship competition each year for graduating high school seniors who will be full-time music majors or minors enrolled in music degree program in the United States. The competition is held in the spring each year and requires students to play three pieces from contrasting periods not to exceed 20 minutes performance time. The winner receives a $500 scholarship.

Terms for the scholarship are as follows:

  • The music instructor of the applicant must have been a paid and active member of KMTA for a minimum of one year prior to the student’s application. The instructor may enter students only in his or her teaching field(s).
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled as a senior in a public or private high school or senior status in a home school program.
  • Applicants must qualify academically, in grade point average, for the entrance requirements of the college, university, or conservatory of his/her choice.
  • The recipient must enroll as a full-time music major or minor in a music degree program of the college, university, or conservatory of his/her choice within the United States.
  • The award is to be based on outstanding talent and potential as determined in the spring auditions.
  • Selection of the judge is to be made from the college, church, or independent teaching sectors, excluding KMTA members.
  • Teachers of the applicants may not engage in the selection of the judge or give instructions to the chairperson or judge.
  • If, in the opinion of the judge, no contestant meets KMTA standards, a winner need not be declared. The judge may select an alternate when appropriate.
  • The decision of the judge is final.
  • The award will be given directly to the student. Payment will be made to the student in August.
  • The award will be applicable to the year immediately following.
  • Students may enter in more than one instrument.