The Bailey scholarship program was established by a generous gift from the estate of S. Eugene Bailey, who was a member of Carleton’s Music faculty from 1946-1975. This program is for all students who might consider a music major, who play an orchestral instrument (strings, woodwinds and brass), and plan to participate in one or more of the following Carleton ensembles: Orchestra, Symphonic Band, or Jazz Ensemble.

The program will cover the College grant portion of a student’s financial aid package. In addition, students will receive private lessons on their primary instrument free of charge for every term of eligibility, and will be eligible to apply for financial support for a summer of music study at a national or international music institute of their choice.

Applications can be renewed annually as long as criteria for eligibility are met. These criteria include:

  • The student is a declared music major or is considering majoring in music at Carleton
  • The student enrolls and successfully completes private lessons on the major orchestral instrument
  • The student enrolls in and successfully completes one of the above instrumental ensembles.

Current students may apply for this program by completing the application form below. Prospective students must first be accepted to Carleton College, and must then schedule an audition and interview with the instrumental faculty of the College during New Student Week.

Summer Study Support

In addition to the S. Eugene Bailey program, the Class of 1963 Fellowship and the Independent Research Fellowship also offer opportunities for summer study between the Junior and Senior years.

These programs, in addition to providing funding for tuition and travel, can include funding of up to $4000 to replace summer earnings. These programs have been used by music majors for both research projects and for attending summer music programs such as those at Bowdoin, Aspen, Tanglewood, Round Top, et al.

S. Eugene Bailey Scholarship Application

S. Eugene Bailey Scholarship Application

  • All students applying for a Bailey Scholarship must be registered each term, and satisfactorily complete, both private study of their Bailey instrument and one of the following ensembles: Carleton Orchestra, Symphony Band, Jazz Ensemble. Bailey awards are restricted to students who play orchestral instruments commonly used in a symphony orchestra except for piano, voice, organ, or percussion.
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