Annually more than $14,000 in scholarship funding is awarded to deserving World and Open Class corps members. Qualifying students can apply for the following scholarships which will be presented as part of the 2017 Drum Corps International Tour.


Friends of DCI Scholarship

Since 2007, the Friends of DCI program which is made up of some of DCI's most dedicated supporters has awarded educational funding to Open and World Class corps members. The scholarships are given out each year to students of any major to put toward university tuition and fees.

Up to two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2017 to high school seniors or college students enrolled for courses in the fall of 2017, and who are current members in good standing of an Open or World Class corps competing in the 2017 Drum Corps International Tour.

Submission deadline: Friday, May 26, 2017

Apply online for this scholarship.


Rodney Goodhart Memorial Scholarship

As a drum corps judge for more than three decades, the late Rodney Goodhart contributed greatly toward representing percussion during the early beginnings of Drum Corps International. In his memory, the Rodney Goodhart Memorial Scholarship is awarded each summer to a current DCI member corps participant.

This scholarship award of $1,000 may be used by the selected World or Open Class corps member to pay current or next season's drum corps tour fees, university tuition, books or other activity fees.

Submission deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Download application form (PDF).

Donate to this scholarship fund.


Fred J. Miller Memorial Music Education Scholarship

The late Fred J. Miller was a man of insight and action. In predicting the new and innovative, he always said that his legacy would be "creating the future." Today, the Fred J. Miller Music Education Fund salutes his vision with tomorrow's finest young minds preparing to carry the torch forward.

This scholarship award of $2,000 is available to Open and World Class corps members participating in the DCI Tour. Students must be enrolled in college pursuing music education as their primary degree path, and must submit their applications with their respective corps director's endorsement.

Submission deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017

George and Patsy Bonfiglio Scholarship

The 27th Lancers Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by the Bonfiglio Family honoring their parents, George and Patsy Bonfiglio. One of DCI's founding fathers, George Bonfiglio's love and dedication to the drum corps activity still lives on through the 27th Lancers Foundation.

The 27th Lancers Foundation awards two $1,000 scholarships each year, one to a person involved in performance arts (e.g. drum corps, winter guard, high school or college band, percussion, piano, dance, theatre, etc.) and one to a person who aspires to become an educator.

Submission deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Learn more about the George and Patsy Bonfiglio Scholarship.


Double Beat Scholarship

New for 2017 and geared toward percussionists, the Double Beat Scholarship aims to help ease the financial commitment of marching in a drum corps.

This $2,500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a currently participating percussionist of a DCI World or Open Class corps who has at least one additional year of age eligibility left in their junior drum corps career. 

Submission deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Learn more about the Double Beat Scholarship.


Drums Along the Mohawk Tour Award

Presented by organizers of the annual DCI Tour event in Rome, New York, the Drums Along the Mohawk Tour Award is open to any World or Open Class corps member who is a resident of New York State.

Applicants, who must be between 14 and 22 years of age, are required to respond to an essay prompt and provide a letter of professional recommendation.

Submission deadline: Thursday, June 8, 2017

Learn more about the Drums Along the Mohawk Tour Award (PDF).


Jim Ott Scholarship

Named after the late DCI Hall of Fame member who was a nationally known brass arranger for several different drum corps including the Stockton Commodores, Blue Devils and Spirit of Atlanta, the Jim Ott Scholarship is administered by the San Joaquin Valley, California nonprofit Sponsors of Musical Enrichment (SOME).

This $3,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a World or Open Class drum corps member who is a graduating high school senior or college student majoring in music.

Submission deadline: Saturday, July 15, 2017

Learn more about the Jim Ott Scholarship.