Music Scholarships 2017-07-28T15:04:21+00:00

Available Scholarships and Service Awards

Because the University and community place such importance on the performing arts, scholarships and service awards are available to qualified students through an audition process. These awards, coupled with other forms of financial aid, can make attending college much more affordable and rewarding through participation in the performing arts.

The School of Creative and Performing Arts’ Music program has several types of scholarships available for its students. Performance Scholarships are available in Band, Choir, and Orchestra. There are also scholarships available for students who distinguish themselves musically or academically.

Out-of-state fee waiver
Out-of-state fee waivers are available to students who have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or better and are awarded a Performance Award (Scholarship/Service Award). This includes acceptance into and performing in one of the major ensembles available within the music division. Out-of-state fee waivers are renewable each year the student participates in an ensemble and maintains good academic standing.

Performance Awards
Students who pass the entrance audition, commit to performing in the keyboard area, band, choir or orchestra and maintain at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0 are eligible for performance scholarships. These scholarships vary in amount based on the entrance criterion but can range from $400 per year to $3,000 per year. In order for music students to continue receiving performance scholarships, they must also adhere to the following ensemble participation policy: Vocal and string students will enroll in two ensembles each semester, as assigned. Band students will enroll in Band and Pep Band in the fall semester and at least one band ensemble in the spring semester, as assigned. Assignments for the above ensembles will be made by appropriate ensemble directors, who may consult with the applied music faculty. Band students on scholarship may be required to audition for spring ensembles.

Magale Performance Scholarships
The Magale Performance Scholarship is awarded to music students who distinguish themselves through achievement and performance. The Magale Scholarship is given to qualified students in addition to their performance award.

Bless McNeely Band Scholarships
The McNeely Band Scholarship is awarded to band members each year who distinguish themselves by being highly dedicated assets to the band program.

Alice Livaudias Pipes Award for Music Excellence
The Pipes Award is made to the worthy student(s) who in the opinion of the music faculty has demonstrated the highest attainment of musical skills at the end of his or her sophomore year of study. The recipient must have been granted admission to upper division standing in music and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.

Arthur C. Watson Award for Excellence in Music
The Watson Award is made to the worthy student(s) who in the opinion of the music faculty has demonstrated the highest attainment of musical skills at the end of his or her sophomore year of study. The recipient must have been granted admission to upper division standing in music and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

The Paul Torgrimson Scholarship
The Paul Torgrimson Scholarship in Piano Performance is awarded to the worthy student(s) who, in the opinion of the piano faculty, has demonstrated the highest attainment of musical skills in either the junior or senior year of performance. The recipient must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

The Charles Vinson Piano Scholarship
The Charles Vinson Piano Scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior level piano performance major who, in the opinion of the piano faculty, has demonstrated the highest attainment of musical skills. The recipient must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Mimi Jordan Arts and Music Scholarship
The Mimi Jordan Arts and Music Scholarship was established by her husband and family in an attempt to “provide a lasting memorial that encourages and supports developing artists and musicians.” Upper division students are encouraged to apply for this scholarship each fall by completing a questionnaire and by writing a short narrative describing their goals and objectives in their chosen field. This information is then forwarded to the Jordan family, who makes the final decision as to who receives the scholarship, based on “criteria, creativity, integrity and love of beauty.” The scholarship may be awarded for one or two years, and the amount of the award is determined by interest generated from the endowment.

Margaret A. Adkins Music Education Scholarship
Awarded periodically and recipient is selected by members of the music education faculty. Upper-division standing. Minimum GPA: 3.0

James Ford Opera/Vocal Scholarship
Awarded annually and recipient is selected by members of the Ford Family after recommendation of opera/vocal faculty. Minimum GPA: 3.0.

Sara Roach and Opal Perot Endowed Music Scholarship
Awarded annually and recipient is selected by a vote of the music faculty. Upper-division standing. Minimum GPA: 2.75

Williams Music Education Scholarship
Awarded annually and recipient is selected by members of the music education faculty. Upper-division standing. Minimum GPA: 3.0.