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    John Lennon Scholarships

    Offered by BMI Foundation

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Dec 1, 2023
    Multiple awards worth


    Grade level

    College & Graduate Students

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    February 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you a John Lennon fan passionate about making music? Consider applying for the John Lennon Scholarship! Established by Yoko Ono herself in 1997, the John Lennon Scholarship aims to help young music-making college students pay off their school debts. The scholarship is open to current college students and alumni between the ages of 17 and 24. Applicants must either compose or write songs in one of many contemporary musical genres including alternative, rock, R&B, and more.  Each year, three awards totalling $20,000 are given to help students pay for their schooling. Not only does the scholarship help pay off school debt, but it also is considered a highly esteemed accolade for young songwriters. If you’re passionate about songwriting or composing, we highly encourage you to apply!

    Eligibility information

    In order to be eligible for this scholarship you must be a musician between the ages of 17 and 24 in addition to meeting the eligibility criteria below.

    Grade Level

    College & Graduate Students

    Minimum GPA

    No GPA requirement

    Academic Interest

    Visual & Performing Arts

    Application information

    To apply for the John Lennon Scholarship, you must submit an original song in a contemporary musical genre. This includes (but is not limited to) alternative, pop, rock, indie, electronica, R&B, and experimental. No essay required! The songs will be judged by a panel of music publishers, songwriters, musicians, and executives.

    No essay

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    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact BMI Foundation at [email protected].

    Is this scholarship renewable?

    No, the John Lennon Scholarships is not renewable.

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