Scholarships and Education Grants

Grant Cycle 1 Application - Click here to apply

Sweet Adelines International is proud to have impacted the lives of more than 75,000 singers through our competitive scholarship and education grants programming for young women. Thanks to the generous donations of our members and community support from foundations and corporations, Sweet Adelines International has awarded more than $1.1 million to preserve the barbershop art form by investing in and propelling its future.


Scholarship and education grant applications are now accepted only online. Mailed applications will not be accepted. Deadlines for each program are:

  • Grant Cycle 1 – Opens March 9 and closes June 1
    • Supporting activities beginning no sooner than November
  • Grant Cycle 2 – Opens August 1 and closes November 1
    • Supporting activities beginning no sooner than May
  • Scholarships Cycle – Opens November 15 and closes January 25


Music education grants are available to individuals, groups, or organizations sponsoring or hosting barbershop education and performance opportunities for young women. Opportunities might include music festivals, education workshops or seminars, and/or other music education events. While young women are the primary target audience for funding and receive preference in the committee’s application scoring process, mixed harmony proposals will not be disqualified.

Education grants are not available to religious or political organizations, nor may grant funds be utilized for costs associated with the Rising Star Quartet Contest or other Sweet Adelines International competitions.

The Gianna Miller Education Prize is a one-time award of $3,728.94 available during Grant Cycle 1 of 2018 only. This prize, established for Gianna Miller through the generous donations of the Capital Accord Chorus, will be awarded to one individual, group, or organization whose project best exemplifies the spirit of barbershop music education.

To apply for this prize, simply complete the Grant Cycle 1 Application and indicate when prompted that you would like to be considered for this one-time prize. Funds will be distributed in place of, and not in addition to, requested grant funds, regardless of the amount requested in the application. For example, if you apply for a $2,500 grant but indicate that you would like to be considered for the Gianna Miller Education Prize, upon award, you would receive $3,728.94 and not the $2,500 requested for your project.

Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarships - named in honor of the beloved former International Board President’s contributions to this organization, music education and barbershop harmony - are awarded for one academic year in the amount of $5,000 each. The number of scholarships awarded is dependent on the amount of funding available, with at least one scholarship winner guaranteed by Sweet Adelines International per scholarship cycle. Financial need is not considered by the awarding committee.

Women eligible for this scholarship will:

  • Have completed at least one semester of university coursework
  • Be involved in barbershop activities or have been affiliated with Sweet Adelines International for at least one year, OR be involved in a Sweet Adelines chorus or regionally sponsored young women’s barbershop events for minimum of one year
  • If a member of Sweet Adelines, be in good standing with both her local chorus and the international organization
  • Intend to study music education, vocal pedagogy, or music composition at a four-year college or university and provide verification of enrollment
  • Have a grade point average of at least 3.5
  • Demonstrate in her application notable interest in her chosen field of study, as well as promise, success, and recognition in her field
  • Provide three signed letters of reference, including a letter from her chorus president or director if she is a member of a Sweet Adelines chorus, or a letter from a Sweet Adelines coach if she is in a quartet

For more information on available grants and scholarships, or to make a gift in support of these education programs, email or call 918-622-1444.