The “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation sponsors a vocal competition for sacred music performed by the solo voice in characteristic Negro spiritual style. Senior high school students of eleventh or twelfth grade level may enter a district wide vocal competition in Capital Region (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia), Florida Region, Mid-South Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee), New England Region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont), North East Region (New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) or South East Region (Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina) to rehearse and perform these arranged Negro spirituals. Students who enter the competition must work with a voice teacher to learn a new piece of music sent to them, and to meet the high vocal standards of this competition. Winners (one female and one male in the Bahama Islands Region, Capital Region, Florida, Mid-South Region, New England Region and Southeast Region) claim the coveted GRADY-RAYAM PRIZE In Sacred Music, a college tuition assistance grant for $3,000. (Please read this document, NSSF Grant Administration Policy, to see how the grant monies are dispersed.) To enter, download and print, then fill out and submit the application below (please give accurate and complete information).
ATTENTION!!! Applications are available to download from eligible senior high school singers of all backgrounds to enter our GRADY-RAYAM PRIZE In Sacred Music competitions. Applications may be either mailed in as hard copy, or scanned and submitted via e-mail to this address firstname.lastname@example.org. To pay your competition application fee online please click here.