Drum Corps International

Scholarship Opportunities

Currently-available scholarship opporutnities for 2020 corps members are listed below. Due to the cancelation of the 2020 DCI Tour, many scholarships that were offered in 2019 that have been suspended for this season have notified DCI that they have every intention of returning in 2021.

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 three $2,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2020 to high school seniors or college students enrolled for courses in the 2020-2021 academic year and who are currently contracted members in good standing of an Open or World Class Drum Corps International corps.

Submission deadline: Monday, July 27, 2020

Apply online


IN STEP: Women of DCI Scholarship

The IN STEP: Women of DCI program began in January of 2018 to support the participation of women in all facets of Drum Corps International and marching music performing arts, from corps members to staff to leadership. The committee’s charter also supports women by sponsoring events, highlighting women in the activity, providing training, and encouraging policy development consistent with the core values of DCI.

IN STEP: Women of DCI focuses on two primary areas; Participation – Work to assist women to succeed in all aspects of activity throughout the DCI community; and Leadership – Encourage and assist women in rising to roles of influence at every level from participation through administration

At least one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a recent DCI participating female performer, intern or corps staff that aspires to develop administration skills in the pursuit of working within the activity.

Submission deadline: Monday, July 27, 2020

Download application form (PDF)

Donate to this scholarship fund


Marching Music Health and Wellness Project Scholarship

Since its inception in 2007, the Drum Corps International-sponsored Marching Music Health and Wellness Project (MMHWP) has succeeded in bringing together health care professionals from varied disciplines to provide medical guidance and hands-on assistance to corps members during the DCI Summer Tour.

With an initial focus on injury prevention and treatment, participation in the project has grown from a handful of volunteer contributors to an expansive network of practitioners throughout the United States. The program is now poised to serve an even greater audience of performing arts athletes with development of “best practices” already impacting the marching band activity nationally and internationally with continued research and medical expertise, environmental and other safety areas.

This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a current DCI participating performer who aspires to work as a health, wellness or safety practitioner.

Submission deadline: Monday, July 27, 2020

Download application form (PDF)

Donate to the MMHWP fund


Gary “Chops” Czapinski Memorial Scholarship

As a longtime visual judge and former drum corps instructor, the late DCI Hall of Fame member Gary Czapinski contributed greatly to innovation and design since the earliest years of DCI history. To this day, Czapinski's visionary approach to visual design can be seen in every niche of the world of the marching arts.

This $1,000 scholarship will be presented to a high school senior or college student who is a members in good standing of a DCI participating Open or World class drum corps, and who intends to teach drum corps, winter guard, or marching band remaining committed to our activity by pursuing a career in music education or the arts.

Submission deadline: Saturday, July 25, 2020

Download application form (PDF)

Donate to the Czapinski scholarship fund


Annual scholarships that intend to return in 2021

Rodney Goodhart Memorial Scholarship

Donate to the Goodhart scholarship fund

Fred J. Miller Memorial Music Education Scholarship
George and Patsy Bonfiglio Scholarship
Double Beat Percussion Scholarship
George Zingali Memorial Scholarship
Al Moffatt Memorial Scholarship

Donate to the Moffatt scholarship fund

Michelle Owens Memorial Scholarship

Donate to the Owens scholarship fund


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