Students must be in 6th grade or older in order to audition. Auditions are open to all students, even those not currently enrolled in the Lawson Academy. Most scholarships are for students who will be in 7th-12th grade at the time of enrollment, but there are a few scholarships specifically for adult students. Some scholarships are restricted to residents of Spartanburg County.
Students who have held Lawson Academy Scholarships for two consecutive years are not eligible to audition for the subsequent year. (Exception: Strings students may audition for the Gignilliat Scholarship regardless of previous Lawson Academy scholarship awards. The Gignilliat Scholarship may only be awarded once to any student.)