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)
- Audition for music faculty
To be guaranteed consideration for scholarships and awards, all applications and supporting materials must be completed by February 1. For maximum scholarship consideration, auditions should 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 April 15.
Ensemble Participation Award
The Ensemble Participation Award is available to non-music majors who are interested in performing with a music ensemble. This award is part of the financial aid notification you receive from the Office of Student Financial Services and is added to a student’s UE Annual Scholarship, provided the Annual Scholarship does not meet UE’s full tuition cost and is not part of an enhanced award such as direct entry programs, B/MD, athletic awards, or Scholar Day awards. The award may be extended more than one year if all requirements of the ensemble are met as directed in the course syllabus.
An Ensemble Participation Award Audition is required and must be completed by March 10 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.