Scholarships & Prizes
The named scholarships are part of the Institutes pool of
resources. They honor students of exceptional promise and achievement
in their field of study. The overall amount of the named scholar's
financial assistance is not affected. The Porter, MacLean, and Seder
scholarships had their beginnings at the School of Sacred Music
at Union Theological Seminary and were transferred to the Institute
of Sacred Music upon its move to Yale University.
The Mary Baker Scholarship. The Mary Baker Scholarship
in organ accompanying was established in 2005 to honor the memory
of Mary Baker, wife of Dr. Robert Baker, founding director of the
Yale Institute of Sacred Music. The scholarship is awarded each
year to a returning organ student who has demonstrated in the opinion
of the faculty the ability and collaborative spirit necessary for
a skilled organ accompanist.
The Robert Baker Scholarship. Robert Baker is
the former director and dean of the School of Sacred Music at Union
and the first director of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. This
scholarship is for an organ student completing his or her first
year. The scholarship was established at Dr. Baker's retirement.
The Reverend Louise H. MacLean Scholarship. An
ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, the Rev. Louise
H. MacLean was a graduate of Union Seminary who admired the work
of the School of Sacred Music at that institution. The scholarship
is to be used for the benefit of worthy students.
The Menil Scholarship. A scholarship designated
for a student concentrating in the visual arts. Monies are given
by the Menil Foundation.
The Hugh Porter Scholarship. Director (1945–60),
Union Seminary School of Sacred Music, Hugh Porter was a distinguished
organ recitalist and organist at St. Nicholas Collegiate Church
in New York and a highly respected teacher. This scholarship is
The E. Stanley Seder Scholarship. Organist and
choir director at People's Church in Chicago, E. Stanley Seder also
served as organist of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club, which met
in Orchestra Hall. This scholarship is undesignated.
Special Awards for Music Students
The named stipends will be given to first-year music students in
addition to the usual scholarship awards, and will be renewable
for a second year if progress is satisfactory.
The Baker Award. Named in honor of Professor
Emeritus Robert Baker, the award is given to one or more students
deemed to be among the top 1 or 2 percent of the young organists
in the country and who have elected to study at the Yale School
of Music through the Institute of Sacred Music.
The French Award. The award, named in honor
of Professor Richard French, is given to one or more choral conducting
students, deemed among the best in the country, who attend the Yale
School of Music through the Institute of Sacred Music.
Fifth Semester for Church Music Certificate Course
Participants enroll as nondegree students for the fifth semester at the Yale Divinity School and receive a full-tuition scholarship. However, they are not eligible for Federal Direct or Graduate PLUS loans. They are eligible for alternative loans. Nondegree students are not eligible for deferral of loans. International students may need to apply for an extension of their student visas.
Special Awards for Divinity Students
Special faculty-awarded stipends are also available for Divinity
students. The Institute is especially interested in students who
demonstrate a lively interest in cross-disciplinary interaction
Special Support for Students
The Institute of Sacred Music may provide limited financial support
in the form of grants for student participation in competitions,
professional events, summer language study, and Colloquium presentation
expenses. All requests must be made in advance, using the ISM Student
Grant Request form, and approved by the faculty and director of
the Institute. Guidelines for support may be obtained from the financial
The Institute also underwrites the Yale Schola Cantorum, whose
members receive payment for participation except if receiving academic credit for participation.
Updated June 2012