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The Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship

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Full scholarship to Manhattan School of Music is offered to exceptional South African musicians.

Hugh Masekela, legendary South African musician, activist, and life-long advocate and embodiment of African identity, heritage, and expression, studied classical trumpet at Manhattan School of Music in the early 1960’s. To honor the legacy of this internationally-renowned alumnus, the ELMA Music Foundation and the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation have partnered with MSM to provide full scholarships to six South African music students to pursue Bachelor of Music degrees. The scholarship will cover tuition and all living expenses for each of its recipients for the entirety of their four years of study.

A principal goal of this new endeavor is to ensure that the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship be awarded to South African students who have faced significant social, educational, cultural, or economic challenges, and who have a demonstrated interest in the advancement of music consistent with Mr. Masekela’s legacy and vision.

“My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are.”

The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation will work with MSM to promote this scholarship opportunity in South Africa.

In order to apply for the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship, please start your Bachelor of Music application here.

South African applicants who currently reside in South Africa and apply for the Bachelor of Music degree will receive the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship essay prompt within the online application. Eligible applicants to this scholarship will receive an application fee waiver. Applicants will receive the results of their scholarship application when they receive their admission result on April 1.


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VIDEO: South Africa's 24-hour news network eNCA reports on the launch of the Hugh Masekela scholarship at MSM

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