National & Division Scholarships


Scholarship Application to Attend
ACDA National Conference
Due by December 1

The F. Melius Christiansen (FMC) Endowment Fund annually offers scholarships to attend the ACDA National Conference and the ACDA North Central Division Conference.

Eligible applicants include:
  • Graduate students and undergraduate juniors/seniors, who are pursuing a career in choral conducting, and/or
  • Choral conductors in their first six years of professional experience.

The scholarship will assist with expenses of registration and related conference events, lodging, meals and transportation, substitute teacher/director coverage.

  • This is not a cash award.
  • The FMC Endowment Fund will reimburse expenses up to the total amount of the scholarship awarded, for which receipts are submitted.
  • The scholarship award could be applied to the purchase of music, books, resources or other conference materials.

Applicants must be members of ACDA-MN

Selection will be made by the FMC Endowment Fund Scholarship Subcommittee.

The applications must include:
  1. A complete current resume, including complete address, phone, and email information
  2. A Letters of recommendation from:
    • A student applicant’s college/university choral conductor – OR
    • A director applicant’s administrator/supervisor familiar with the applicant’s work.
  3. A statement (within the form) of how this experience will impact the applicant’s continued development as a choral conductor.


Deadline: December 1

Your Name (required)

Your ACDA Member Number (required)

ACDA Member Expiration (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Telephone Number (required)

Your Address (required)

Do you go to School or are you employed as a choral Director? (required)
Attend Minnesota College or UniversityEmployed as a Choral Director

Please check one of the following that describes you best (required)
Undergraduate College/University JuniorUndergraduate College/University SeniorGraduate StudentExperienced Director

Describe how you expect the experience of this conference will impact your preparation as a choral conductor (required)

Please indicate the receipt of any previous scholarships offered by the FMC Endowment Fund. No individual will be awarded more than one scholarship within any of these scholarship categories: Summer Dialogue, Graduate Study, ACDA National Division Conference, and World Symposium on Choral Music (required)
YES - I HAVE received previous scholarshipsNO - I HAVE NOT received any previous scholarships

If YES then please list the scholarship(s) and the year of award

Please Note: Scholarship recipients are expected to make every effort to receive the full benefit of the programs for which scholarships are presented by being in attendance for the full duration of the program. Any extenuating circumstances that might make this impossible should be noted. (required)
YES I am able to attend the full duration of the conferenceNO I am NOT able to attend the full duration of the conference

If CAN NOT attend the full duration please explain:

Upload Required Documents

COMPLETE RESUME in .doc or .docx or .pdf format, max size 1mb (required)

LETTER of RECOMMENDATION in .doc or .docx or .pdf format, max size 1mb (required)