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.

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.

Office Information

Department Chair
Christopher Redfearn, D.A., Associate Professor
Email: christopher.redfearn@vcsu.edu
Phone: 1.800.532.8641, Press 1 then enter Ext. 37377

Administrative Assistant:
Paula Larson
Email: paula.larson@vcsu.edu
Phone: 1.800.532.8641, Press 1 then enter Ext. 37272
Mailing Address:
Department of Music
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072