Chapter of the Year Scholarship Award

The National Chapter of the Year Program is designed to motivate and reward chapters that perform service projects, encourage Chapter Officers to perform their duties properly, and increase awareness and interest in what other Tri-M chapters are doing. Since 1985, Tri-M has given over $79,000 in Chapter of the Year Scholarship Awards to chapters across the country making a difference in their communities.

All active chapters are eligible to participate. The 2020-2021 National Chapter of the Year will be chosen by review of the Chapter Summary Form.

New! Use the online submission form for your Chapter of the Year entry.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2021.

The Chapter of the Year Scholarship Award is intended to recognize the achievements of three Junior Division and three Senior Division Chapters in any given school year. Please note, chapters will be ineligible to win for three consecutive years.

New this year!

Announcing a State Chapter of the Year Competition

Each year we announce a Chapter of the Year  winner from each division. This year we would like to announce a winner from all 50 states! Start planning your service projects to encompass the following criteria:
  • Did the chapter engage the community?
  • Did the project encourage academic scholarship, musical achievement, and service to the school or community?
  • Did the chapter set goals, planned accordingly, and execute the project?
  • Did the projects reflect service, leadership, and a sense of community?

Evaluations are based on a cumulative 300 points. Chapters who receive 200 or more points will qualify.


2020-2021 Tri-M Chapter of the Year is sponsored by


Schmidt Vocal Arts

Schmidt Vocal Arts encourages young artists to pursue their passion in the vocal arts, providing opportunities and support to help inspire future generations of singers. Through vocal competitions, educational programming, and scholarships, Schmidt Vocal Arts has impacted the lives of over 5,000 young singers throughout the country and annually provides over $450,000 in cash awards and scholarships to high school and university students. Learn more by visiting

Instructions on Applying for the Scholarship

When applying for the Chapter of the Year Scholarship Award, please download the form or complete the online submission form (available Spring, 2021), and fill in all the necessary fields. If you opt to complete the PDF, you need to save and email the completed document to Chapters are encouraged to include photos along with their application. Mailing the form may delay your application status.


All winners and runners-up will be featured in NAfME national news media in the fall of the next school year, including a press release, news story in Teaching Music magazine, and recognition on the NAfME website and social media outlets. Scholarship funds will be awarded in the following way:

Senior Division

Chapter of the Year: $1,000.00
1st Runner Up: $800.00
2nd Runner Up: $600.00

Junior Division

Chapter of the Year: $800.00
1st Runner Up: $600.00
2nd Runner Up: $400.00

The Tri-M National Chapter of the Year (Junior and Senior) will receive an engraved permanent service plaque. All participants will receive a certificate of recognition for participating in the Chapter of the Year scholarship application.

Scholarships must be used to find a professional development activity for the chapter including, but not limited to, clinicians, master classes, field trips, conference travel, or summer music program scholarships.

State Chapter of the Year winners will receive a personalized banner commemorating their Chapter of the Year status in their state. Recognition will also be given on, Tri-M’s Facebook page, and announced at our National Leadership Assembly.