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13.11.2019  

2020 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: KERŽE SCHOLARSHIPS FUNDS FOR STUDENTS AT THE THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

The Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles offers scholarships to Slovenian students of music. These scholarships are financed from the following:

1) The Frank Kerze and Florence Kerze - Dunphy Scholarship Fund for the Study of Music &
2) Therese Kerze Cheyovich Endowment Fund

The primary purpose of the above Funds is to provide scholarships for educating and training students from institutions in Slovenia at the USC Thornton School of Music, to familiarize them with the United States culture and to provide a means for them to gain U.S. national exposure for their musical talents. See this video for more information about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frWVRV6RVgc

The scholarship(s) from Therese Kerze Cheyovich Endowment Fund will be awarded to one or more qualified students of music to support their undergraduate or graduate studies leading to a certificate and/or a Bachelor’s, Master’s and/or doctoral degree at the USC Thornton School of Music. Once awarded, a returning candidate may continue to receive the scholarship each year until s/he completes his/her academic program. Scholarship funds may be awarded for tuition, fees, and living expenses.

The scholarship(s) from Frank Kerze and Florence Kerze-Dunphy Scholarship Fund will be awarded to one or more qualified students of music to support their graduate-level studies leading to a certificate, Master’s and/or doctoral degree in the field of music. Once awarded, a returning candidate may continue to receive the scholarship each year until s/he completes his/her academic program. Scholarship funds may be awarded for tuition, fees, and other expenses. The donor of this particular scholarship preferred that the recipients play the cello as their primary musical instrument.

In order to be granted a scholarship, candidates must apply for and be accepted into the applicable degree and/or certificate program pursuant to the policies of the USC Thornton School of Music. 

The application deadline to be considered for admission to the fall semester of 2020 is December 1, 2019.

Please note that the application and audition requirements differ from program to program. For specific department application and audition requirements, please select the appropriate program. You can find all requirements by program at the USC website: https://music.usc.edu/admission/appreqs/   
In general, the requirements include:
- online application for admission 
- prescreen recording 
- résumé which should list musical, professional and academic experience
- repertoire list – to be submitted with online application
- SAT scores for undergraduate programs, GRE scores for some graduate programs
- statement of purpose – motivation letter
- letters of recommendation 
The undergraduate application fee is $85, with an additional $25 upload fee for the prescreen recording.
The graduate application fee is $90, with an additional $25 upload fee for the prescreen recording.
The following additional application materials are required from international applicants:
- Confidential Statement of Financial Support (please refer to the possible funding from the Kerže Trust Funds)
- English Language Test Requirement- TOEFL/IELTS
- Transcripts and Certified English Translations from all schools attended
- Certified copy of English translation of all relevant documents 
- Copy of passport 

For accurate list of requirements and department applications please double check the USC website at: https://music.usc.edu/admission/     

The first selection done by the Selection Committee will be based on the prescreen recording submitted by the applicant by the December 1, 2019 deadline. Following this initial review, an invitation will be extended to a select group of applicants to perform a live audition on the USC campus in Los Angeles; live auditions typically take place in late January and early February. The successful applicants may be offered a scholarship in the spring.

For any additional queries you may contact USC Thornton directly: Ms. Kit Bellamy, Associate Director for Graduate Admission at keb(at)usc.edu  or Ms. Brittany Jimenez, Associate Director for Undergraduate Admission at seits(at)usc.edu.

You can also contact the Slovene Human Resources and Development Fund: EducationUSA(at)sklad-kadri.si  or Mr. Borut Zunic at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington: borut.zunic(at)gov.si.