The Cleveland Foundation Scholarships

Managed by College Now Greater Cleveland


Minimum GPA: 2.0

Location or High School: N/A

Field of Study: Music Education or Performance

Deadline: March 15, 2023

Application Type: Other

A. Grace Lee Mims Vocal Scholarship

Purpose: To provide scholarships for African American vocal students who are U.S. citizens and pursuing graduate-level study in vocal performance or music education, with an emphasis on voice. Candidates must be committed to preserving the art form of Negro spiritual singing as exemplified by Roland Hayes, Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Leontyne Price, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, and others. The primary purpose of this award is to perpetuate the singing of the Negro spiritual through performance and/or teaching, so that this art form, created by African American slaves in the Diaspora, will remain alive.

Eligibility: Enrolled full time at an accredited non-profit institution for graduate-level course work toward a master’s or doctoral degree in vocal performance or music education, with an emphasis on voice. Applicant must be committed to perpetuating the singing of the Negro spiritual through performance and/or teaching.

Application Method: In addition to submitting the A. Grace Lee Mims Scholarship application and Basic Requirements, applicants must submit the following:

• An audio recording of a recent performance (concert or recital)

• Three letters of recommendation from voice teachers or music professors attesting to the applicant’s musical talent, moral character, and dedication to the survival of the Negro spiritual

• Three music programs reflecting at least a two-year span and including the applicant’s performance of Negro spirituals

• An additional essay detailing your interest in the Negro spiritual and how you plan to pursue its preservation

• Financial aid award from your institution with cost of attendance (including both direct and indirect expenses such as tuition, room and board, transportation, books, mandatory fees, and personal expenses)

• A detailed budget for your academic year’s educational expenses including scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans

• A photograph of yourself (1 minimum, multiple accepted)

Submit an A. Grace Lee Mims Scholarship application here.

Selection Process: A panel of judges comprised of persons who knew Ms. Mims will choose scholarship finalists.

Award Info: The award amount will be based on the performance of the fund and number of applicants selected. Formal notification of award will be made by College Now to the selected recipient(s). Award must be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and/or equipment required for coursework.

Awarded Student Requirements:
1. Maintain full-time enrollment status

2. Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA

Renewal: Students may reapply for this award and can be awarded for a maximum of 2 total years of support.