Cory Wong Scholarship

Applications for this scholarship are now closed.

Legendary guitarist, Cory Wong, has announced his scholarship with WaterBear - The College of Music. Wong is known for his incredible work with funk band Vulfpeck alongside instrumental quartet The Fearless Flyers and his own influental solo works.

Applications for this scholarship are now closed.

The scholarship will cover all tuition fees for one lucky student throughout their degree at WaterBear. The course eligible for the scholarship award is the BA (Hons) Career Musician which can be studied on-site in Brighton, or online via distance learning - this gives musicians the choice to study in a way that suits them from wherever they are in the world.

Music has no boundaries. With a commitment to smaller class sizes, flexible course delivery and one-to-one mentoring, WaterBear represents a fresh approach to Higher Education.

  1. Email
  2. Provide a personal statement telling us about your background, your music and why you would benefit from this scholarship. Tell us where you would like to take your music in the future. This can be submitted in a written format (approx. 1000 words) or a video (approx. 5 minutes). Include links to at least 3 filmed or recorded performances. These can be studio or live performances; phone video is fine and audio quality needs to be good enough that we can clearly identify the parts and performances. If you are sending a collaborative performance, please make your own contribution clear. Deadline for applications is Tuesday 15th September 2020.
  3. It is very important that you confirm in the email that you have read and understood the Terms & Conditions (see below).
  4. WaterBear will be in contact shortly afterwards to schedule a consultation to discuss your scholarship application and also the degree course itself. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have about the course.
  5. For consultation guidelines, please visit

The new BA (Hons) Career Musician degree is designed to give you the perfect blend of artistic freedom alongside practical strategies to forge your own career. The degree is built on three fundamental elements – your music, your career and your projects. It deals with what really matters in the industry. It will expand your options and push you to create original, boundary-shifting music. It’s fully accredited and run in close partnership with one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University.

Applications to the Cory Wong Scholarship award by students enrolling or enrolled on the BA (Hons) Career Musician or the BA (Hons) Commercial Music courses at WaterBear are subject to the following Terms and Conditions:

  1. One (1) Cory Wong Scholarship place is available for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. The successful recipient of the Scholarship award will be selected by an independent industry panel whose decision will be final.
  2. The Scholarship award application is open to new students applying to study on the BA (Hons) Career Musician course, or new and existing students studying the BA (Hons) Commercial Music course.
  3. Applications can be submitted from Friday 21st August 2020 and will remain open until Tuesday 15th September 2020.  The successful applicant will be announced on Friday 18th September 2020.
  4. The successful recipient of the Cory Wong Scholarship award will be notified by email from WaterBear to inform them directly of the decision. WaterBear will celebrate the news of the Scholarship award being made by running the story across the usual media outlets.
  5. The Scholarship award will cover tuition fees for the 3-year BA (Hons) Career Musician course (on-site), or the 2-year accelerated course (online).
  6. For students studying the BA (Hons) Commercial Music course, the scholarship award will cover the remaining course tuition fee amount.
  7. The Scholarship award does not cover living expenses. However, the 3-year on-site degree courses qualify for maintenance loans. Currently, fully online degrees do not qualify for a maintenance loan.
  8. Course entry requirements apply. WaterBear welcomes applications from non-standard applicants and mature students. WaterBear can advise on your suitability for the course.
  9. International applications are welcome. WaterBear does not have Tier 4 status. This means that, depending on your location and status, you may not have the option of studying on-site. However, our online degree courses can be studied regardless of location.
  10. The successful recipient of the Cory Wong Scholarship award agrees to participate in press and PR opportunities as required and to provide quotes and updates where appropriate.
  11. WaterBear Education will immediately cease any award associated with the Cory Wong Scholarship being made if: a)The student in receipt of the Cory Wong Scholarship withdraws from the programme of study; b)The student in receipt of the Cory Wong Scholarship is suspended or excluded from WaterBear; c)The student in receipt of the Cory Wong Scholarship is unable to continue their studies at WaterBear; d)The student in receipt of the Cory Wong Scholarship has made any misrepresentation or acted fraudulently or dishonestly in their application.
  12. WaterBear Education reserves the right to withdraw the Scholarship and associated awards if any of these terms and conditions are not met. There is no cash or cash equivalent associated with this Scholarship award.
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