POE Scholarships

Pipe Organ Encounter Scholarship Assistance

[Note:   The application deadline for 2017 POE events was April 16, 2017 (12:00 midnight, EST at the close of that day).  Check here in December, 2017 for information about 2018 Pipe Organ Encounter Scholarships.]

Need-based scholarship aid is available to cover full or partial registration fees for attending a POE (POE, POEA, or POE-Tech only, not POE+). Funds are limited, and scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The AGO Pipe Organ Encounter Scholarship application period is January 15 through April 15 each year.  The application is an online form and asks questions of both the student and her/his parent(s), and requires the submission of a recommendation from the student’s organ or piano teacher, also through an online form. Before applying for a scholarship, participants must complete the application process to attend a POE event, and will receive access to the online scholarship form from the director of the POE to which they are accepted.

Scholarship assistance for POE attendance may also be available from local chapters of the AGO or religious or educational organizations in your area.  Click HERE for ideas on fund-raising for POE students.


Pipe Organ Encounters is an outreach program of the American Guild of Organists. Major funding for Pipe Organ Encounters is provided by the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America. Additional support is provided by the American Institute of Organbuilders and the Jordan Organ Endowment. Permanently endowed AGO scholarships are provided in memory of Charlene Brice Alexander, Robert S. Baker, Seth Bingham, Michael Cohen, Virgil Fox, Margaret R. Curtin, Clarence Dickinson, Philip Hahn, Charles N. Henderson, Alfred E. Lunsford, Ruth Milliken, Bruce Prince-Joseph, Douglas Rafter, Ned Siebert, Mary K. Smith, and Martin M. Wick; and in honor of Anthony Baglivi, Philip E. Baker, Gordon and Naomi Rowley, Fred Swann, Morgan and Mary Simmons, and the Leupold Foundation.