Scholarships and Awards
Music Academic Scholarships
Academic scholarships are awarded to eligible students pursuing music degrees and are based on musical talent and academic potential. Students wishing to apply for an academic scholarship in music should:
- Apply for admission to the University by February 1, declaring music as the intended major (there is no separate application for the Department of Music)
- Complete the Academic Scholarship portion of the Application for Admission, designating music as the area of academic interest
- Audition for the music faculty by March 1
To be guaranteed consideration for scholarships and grants, all applications and supporting materials must be completed by February 1. Auditions must be completed by March 1. After those dates, consideration will be made only if space and scholarship funds permit.
In addition to the academic scholarships, need-based financial assistance is available to qualified students. To be considered for need-based awards, students should file a FAFSA report by March 10.
Ensemble Participation Grants
The Ensemble Participation Grant, a $500 music scholarship, is awarded to non-music majors who are interested in performing with a music ensemble and is part of the aid package you receive from the Office of Financial Aid. The EPG may be extended more than one year if all requirements of the ensemble are met as directed in the course syllabus.
An Ensemble Participation Grant Audition is required and must be completed by March 20 of the senior year of high school. Arrangements for an audition may be made during a campus visit or by submitting a CD or DVD recording.
Evansville Philharmonic String Fellowships
A unique ensemble opportunity for outstanding string students is the experience of performing alongside professional musicians as contract players with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Fellowship students are chosen by audition before the EPO Music Director and the UE string faculty. The compensation the students receive as fellowship players in the EPO is not tied to any financial aid offered by the university. Fellowship auditions are by invitation only from the string faculty.
Friends of UE Music Assistantships
The Friends of UE Music Assistantships provide financial support for deserving students. A total of four assistantships are awarded each academic year. Students who are awarded assistantships are assigned to projects within specific areas of the department. Assignments are based on student interest and the needs of the department. Students may apply for these assistantships in the spring of each year. Two of the four awards are for specific instruments or areas of study. One assistantship is named in memory of Brandon Vukovich and is awarded to an oboe/double reed student. Another is the James William Church and Gary Gentry Hester Jazz Music Assistantship and is awarded to a student pursuing the Jazz Studies Certificate.