For students with exceptional talent and passion for music, the Music Department awards a number of scholarships annually.

The Donald B. Plott and J. Estes Millner Scholarships, valued at $15,000 annually, are offered to up to three students in each entering class. The awards are renewable for recipients' remaining three years at Davidson provided the following requirements are met:  maintain a strong academic performance, make expected progress toward their degree, serve as usher for at least two major concerts each semester, be an active member in one of the Music Department ensembles each semester (including tours and graduation weekend performances), and earn a positive recommendation from the ensemble director.

Recipients are not required to major in Music.

Application Process

You must first be an applicant to Davidson College in order to submit your Music Scholarship Application. In addition to the application for admission and scholarship application, you must submit a letter discussing your interest in the award, a recommendation letter from your current music teacher, and an unedited recording. The quality of the recording should be taken into consideration before submission.

All finalists will be offered free music lessons in their instrument for their four years at Davidson.


This application and the required materials should reach our Admission and Financial Aid Office no later than the application deadline for your chosen application plan (Early Decision 1 - Nov. 15; Early Decision II - Jan. 4; or Regular Decision - Jan. 11).


For questions related to music scholarships, please contact Gardner Roller Ligo, Director of Merit Programs.

Music Selection Guidelines for Audio Submission


  • Upload your audio / video files
  • Recordings should be approximately 10 minutes in length
  • Do not submit exercises or scales
  • Care should be given to the recording environment
  • Recordings of recitals or concerts are acceptable


Three selections to include the following:

  • One movement or work from the 17th/18th century (Baroque era)
  • One movement of a sonata (or a group of variations) from the 18th/early 19th century (Classical era)
  • One piece from the 19th century or early 20th century (up to c. 1950)


Three contrasting songs or arias:

  • One Italian art song or aria from the 17th or 18th centuries
  • One song in English from any period (excluding musical theater)
  • One song in any language or time period of your choice (may include musical theater)

Selections should demonstrate your musical sensitivity and technical proficiency, and must be performed in their entirety (long instrumental accompaniments may be shortened).

Selections should be accompanied, unless written as a concert piece for unaccompanied instrumental, such as a Bach suite or a percussion solo.

Other Instruments

Two selections from the standard repertoire of your instrument:

  • One moderate or fast tempo, demonstrating technical proficiency
  • One slower, demonstrating musical sensitivity

Selections should be accompanied, unless written as a concert piece for unaccompanied instrument (such as a Bach suite or a percussion solo).

Scholarships for Continuing Students

Pending availability of funds, rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors may audition for other music scholarships. For more information, call the Music Department at 704-894-2357.