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Obtaining Music Scholarships

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On-campus music majors and minors are eligible for renewable scholarships ranging from $500 to full tuition. Size of award is determined by: 
  • High School GPA
  • Performance Audition
  • Theory Placement Score
Select ensemble participants are eligible for awards ranging up to $500, as determined by the needs of the ensemble and a private audition for the ensemble director. 
An early application and audition (no later than April 1st) provides your best chance for scholarship dollars.

NEW Full-Tuition Scholarships!

VCSU is seeking quality brass musicians music majors to fill open positions in a featured VCSU Brass Quintet. Due to a generous donation from an alumnus, VCSU is able to offer 5 four-year full-tuition scholarships, one for each member of the quintet.

As part of their music curriculum, these players rehearse, perform, and tour frequently. They are responsible for performing with the VCSU Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, and also function as a featured chamber ensemble with frequent tours to area schools and neighboring states, as well as on-campus performances. As a quintet, they rehearse and perform upper-level literature from the solo, quintet, and orchestral repertoire, and serve as the top brass chamber ensemble for the university.

These competitive, renewable scholarships are valued at over $20,000. For more information, please contact Dr. James Adams. Musicians not selected for one of the featured quintet scholarships may be eligible for other music scholarships offered by the department.

In addition to the scholarships for brass students, full-tuition scholarships for music majors with particular voice ranges or for selected instrumental primaries are also available, depending upon GPA, ACT score, and audition quality.

Undergraduate On-Campus Student Scholarships

  • Art Froemke Scholarship: (1) Freshman student; (2) good moral character; (3) band participant; (4) music major; (5) major instrument must be a band instrument.
  • Brent Alexenko Memorial Scholarships: Awarded to students who are a junior or senior music education major with a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Preference given to North Dakota residents.
  • Diana Skroch Outstanding Pianist Scholarships: to (1) sophomore, junior, or senior music major or minor; (2) pianist who has demonstrated superior achievement; (3) leadership qualities; and (4) continuing enrollment in applied piano.
  • Fannie Amidon Scholarships: One or more awards to: (1) public school music major; (2) completed junior year; (3) outstanding personality and enthusiasm; and (4) refined cultural outlook.
  • Friends of Music Scholarships: Multiple awards annually to music majors, minors, and ensemble participants.
  • Geneva Borho Memorial Music Scholarship: Numerous awards of varying amounts with preference to students majoring in music education.
  • Gloria Peterson Memorial Scholarship: One award to: (1) promising freshman; and (2) music education student.
  • Harriett Lusyd Stull Memorial Art and Music Scholarships: Four to eight annual $500 awards, divided between the art and music programs, to: (1) art or music major; (2) promise in the profession: (3) scholastic standing; (4) work ethic.
  • Helen K. Frederick Music Scholarships: Two annual awards for (1) music major or minor; and (2) preference given to vocal music specialists.
  • Herman Stern: Presented annually to a student pursuing a Music major or minor at Valley City State University.
  • John Reed Memorial Scholarship: Annual award to: (1) upper-class student; and (2) vocal emphasis.
  • Marian and Allen McLees Scholarship: Awarded to a Music Education major. Preference will be awarded to students who demonstrate strong academic and musical performance ability. Must show promise as an educator.
  • Music Alumni Endowment: 1) priority to North Dakota residents; 2) music education major; 3) 3.0 GPA.
  • RQ Johnson Scholarship: Awarded to a promising freshman majoring in instrumental music.
  • Rhoades/Wright Scholarship: An award given alternately to a student in Science/Math (11-12) and a student in Music (12-13).
  • Roy and Helga Ployhar Memorial Music Scholarship: Awarded to: (1) sophomore, junior, or senior music major; (2) talent and ability; (3) scholastic standing; (4) potential as an educator; and (5) need.
  • Schilling Family Scholarship: Recipient must be (1) music education major who demonstrates promise, financial need, and intent to teach in a North Dakota School District; (2) ineligible for other scholarships.
  • Tom Stine Memorial Scholarship: The scholarship recipients shall be regularly enrolled students at Valley City State University participating in Band with a grade point average of 2.0 or above.
  • William Garth and Mae Holmes Family Scholarship: Awarded annually to a junior or senior music education major who has maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to ND residents.
  • Wilma Nelson Trust: Numerous awards ranging from $250 to full-tuition annually to select students: 1) music major or minor; 2) 3.0 GPA; 3) musicianship. Awards may be renewable.

Applying for a Scholarship

In fall of your senior year, schedule your audition with the VCSU Department of Music. Plan to perform on your primary instrument/voice and any secondary instrument on which you feel confident. Both majors and minors will take a music theory placement examination as part of the audition process. A score of 80% or above allows you to enroll in MUS 109 Music Theory I during freshman year. With a score of 79% or lower, you would enroll in MUS 101 Music Fundamentals, a course designed to prepare you for Theory I. Bring the following materials to your audition: completed Application to the Music Department (Information Form and Essay).

Complete the application to the University; pay a $35 admission fee; and apply for general financial aid and university scholarships. This is a second scholarship application: you may be eligible for general university awards in addition to music scholarships.