The Mendelssohn Scholarship was started in Germany in the 1870s. It offered two awards of 1,500 Marks, one for composition and one for performance, to any student at a music school in Germany. The Prussian state paid for the scholarships after the Mendelssohn family gave the state the composer’s manuscripts. Engelbert Humperdinck was the first person to get it. He used it to go to Italy in 1879.
The Jewish Mendelssohn family paid for the award, but the Nazis stopped giving it in 1934. In 1963, the Ministry of Culture in what used to be East Germany brought it back to life by giving out two prizes each year for composition and performance. The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation is now in charge of giving it out.
List of Scholarships in USA:
- Red Thread Scholarship Application for Women
- St. Clare’s Scholarships Application Form
- Hoshizakiicemaker Stem Scholarship Application
- $1,000 Jason Kulpa Scholarship
- $25,000 Besio Family Scholarship for Undergraduates
- BACS-Taiwan Huayu Enrichment Scholarships for International Students
- Coolidge Scholarship Program for USA Students
History of Mendelssohn Scholarships
Shortly after Mendelssohn died in 1847, his friends and fans in London got together to set up a scholarship so that musicians could study at the Leipzig Conservatoire, which Mendelssohn had started in 1843. Jenny Lind sang Mendelssohn’s Elijah in 1848 as part of their fundraising efforts. The connection between London and Leipzig didn’t work, so two Mendelssohn Scholarships were given out.
About Mendelssohn Scholarship
The Trustees give out a cash prize every year, sometimes for writing music and sometimes for performing it. Music students of any nationality, of either gender, under the age of 30, living in Great Britain or any part of Ireland, as well as British Commonwealth students who are studying music and are temporarily living in Great Britain or Ireland.