About the Scholarship

John Lennon Scholarships

The John Lennon Scholarships established in 1997 by Yoko Ono in conjunction with the BMI Foundation, this Scholarship program honors the memory of one of the preeminent songwriters of the 20th century John Lennon. The John Lennon Scholarships are an annual competition open to student songwriters and composers of contemporary musical genres including alternative, pop, rock, indie, electronica, R&B, and experimental. Three scholarships totaling $20,000 are presented annually for the best original songs submitted to the competition

John Lennon Scholarships Application deadline

Submit the application form along with the original song with lyrics accompanied by whatever instrumentation is chosen by the applicant before February 01.2020.

John Lennon Scholarship Award Amount

Over the past twenty years, more than $400,000 in scholarships has been awarded to talented young musicians from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The total amount of the John Lennon Scholarship is $20000.Last year awards were given as follows 1st place $8000,2nd place $7000,3rd place $5000.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The student should be currently studying at a U.S. college or university.

  • Must be an undergraduate student, a graduate student or a postgraduate student
  • The applicant's age must be between 17 and 24 at the time of application.

  • The applicant should not have assigned the right to the submitted work to any major music publisher or record label.

  • The applicant should not have received the award before.