Scholarships


General Information

The Iowa State University Department of Music awards scholarships primarily on the basis of auditions, with consideration also given to academic qualifications and departmental needs. These scholarships are available to music majors in voice, winds, percussion and keyboard, and to both music and non-music majors in strings and double reeds.

To apply to become a music major and/or to be considered for a music scholarship, you must submit both the "Application for Music Major and/or Music Scholarship" and "Recommendation in Support of Application for Music Scholarship" completed forms. Auditions to become a music major for the 2015-2016 academic year will be held February 12-14, 2015.

If you need to audition to become accepted as a music major please visit either the Acceptance (for entering freshman) or Transfer Student link.

The same scholarship application procedures apply to incoming music majors, to eligible transfer students and to students who change from a non-music major to a major in music after the beginning of the fall semester. Currently enrolled music majors without scholarships are usually ineligible for a new scholarship. In exceptional cases, however, the applied teacher may initiate an application on behalf of the student.

This recommendation should be submitted by a school music director and/or a private teacher who is familiar with your musical ability. Your application file will not be considered complete without this completed application form and at least one recommendation form. Along with the forms, you must also attend an audition session. All auditions must be completed by February 20, 2015.

Students may also qualify for need based scholarships, grants, and loans through the ISU Office of Student Financial Aid. As the Music Department is a component of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, another resource to check is the LAS College Scholarship Site, which has additional information on scholarships available to LAS students.

Each year, the Music Department offers nearly $150,000 in scholarships and general awards. Students do not need to apply for a particular scholarship since the application process applies to all awards.

Most of these named scholarships are four-year awards and designated for entering music majors. Some scholarships are offered in recognition of outstanding service to the department and its music ensembles. Such service awards are one-time awards for continuing students nominated by the faculty.

Scholarships

The Music Department offers named scholarships and general awards. Students do not need to apply for a particular music scholarship since the same application process applies to all awards.

Several of the department's scholarship endowments are named in honor of former music faculty members including:

  • Marion P. Barnum Memorial Piano Scholarship
  • Joseph Z. Christensen (instrumental/band) Memorial Scholarship
  • Richard Koupal (voice) Memorial Scholarship
  • Robert McCowen Scholarship
  • Ilza Niemack (string) Memorial Scholarship
  • Ira Schroeder Music Scholarship
  • Dr. Barry J. Larkin Memorial Percussion Scholarship

Other scholarships are named in honor of former students, donors, or special friends of Iowa State Music:

  • Marjorie Benzler Music Scholarship
  • Barbara Jean Brown Scholarship
  • Jeremy Harden Memorial Drumline Scholarship
  • Marvin Moeckley (organ) Scholarship
  • William Wildman AIOFA Scholarship
  • Perry Sumner (flute) Scholarship
  • Stanton Carillon Scholarship
  • Simon and Ovida Estes Music Scholarship
  • Martha-Ellen Tye Music Scholarship
  • James R. and Laurie K. Young Legacy of Heroines Scholarship
  • Nicole Sosalla Spirt and Dedication Award
  • Martha-Ellen Tye Music Scholarship
  • Donald and Trudy Budlong Family Scholarship
  • Mary Massey Baumann Music Scholarship
  • Fleming Award in Organ Study
  • Mariel K. Oftelie Music Scholarship
  • Paul Randels and Marilyn Myers Scholarship
  • Nicole Sosalla Memorial Fund (Band)
  • Tom Walvoord and Ellen Molleston Walvoord Scholarship
  • Iowa State University Alumni Band Scholarship
  • Joey Wilgenbusch Memorial Scholarship (Opera)
  • Durbin Zheng Award
  • Robert Molison Scholarship in Music
  • Irene Klingseis Fine Arts Scholarship

Other Resources:

The following web site provides a listing of free music scholarships, grants, competitions, awards, and other resources for students: http://www.musicscholarships.us

Please contact Ms. Sue Henze, at 515.294.3831 or at shenze@iastate.edu with any questions regarding the entrance process or music scholarships.