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The School of Music Scholarships and Awards

Students applying for the first time do not need to make a special application for a music scholarship. Your application and audition for acceptance into the School of Music also serves as a music scholarship audition.

Marie Buoymaster Ashburn Piano Scholarship
Established by E. Louise Stethers in memory of her mother, Marie Buoymaster Ashburn, to provide recognition for an undergraduate student enrolled in the School of Music majoring in piano.

Atherton Memorial Music Award
To honor Helen Atherton Govier, the late daughter of former Penn State President Atherton, and to provide recognition to undergraduate students in their second, third, or fourth year, majoring in music and making a significant contribution to the musical life of the University.

Mary E. Brady Memorial Award
Established in memory of Mary E. Brady by F.E. Brady Products Inc. to recognize second through fourth-year undergraduate students who have displayed proficiency in piano at the University.

Marjorie Jane Brewster Memorial Music Scholarship
In memory of Marjorie Jane Brewster (’61 B.A. Arts) by her father, the late R. Wallace Brewster (’28 B.A. Arts and Letters and ’30 M.A. Political Science). Consideration will be given to full-time students who are graduates of the University with pursuit of advanced music studies at an accredited institution of higher learning or accredited conservatory of music of their choice. This scholarship is a competitive merit-based award.

June E. Briant Memorial Trustee Scholarship in the College of Arts and Architecture
Established by the late Dorothy B. O'Connor to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Arts and Architecture who have demonstrated a financial need, with first preference given to students who are majoring in or planning to major in Music.

Jeffery David Calhoon Memorial Scholarship in Music
In memory of Jeffrey David Calhoon (’71 B.A. Music) by his mother, Mary Louise Calhoon, to recognize graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Music.

W. Paul Campbell/Phi Mu Alpha Memorial Award
To recognize outstanding undergraduate students enrolled in the music education curriculum. Consideration will be given to undergraduates enrolled in the curriculum of music education, in at least their second year of studies, manifesting evidence of careers as music educators.

Estelle Carruth Work Scholarship in the School of Music
Established by the late Estelle Work (’49 M.Ed. Education) to financially assist those pursuing musical education. Consideration will be given to full-time graduate and undergraduate students studying classical piano, with a demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses.

Terry and Sue Cooper Family Scholarship in the School of Music Endowment
Established by Robert T. Cooper (’72 B.S. Civil Engr.) and Susannah Cooper (’74 B.S. Music Educ.), consideration for this scholarship shall be given to students enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Arts and Architecture who are majoring in or planning to major in a degree program offered by the School of Music, who have achieved superior academic records and who have a demonstrated financial need.

A. Peter Costanza Ph.D. in Music Education Outstanding Dissertation Award
Established by A. Peter Costanza (’61 M.Ed. Music Education; ’68 D.Ed. Music Education), the purpose of this endowed award shall be to recognize the professional relevance, scholarly excellence, and uniqueness of the research and its significance to music education of a recently completed Ph.D. dissertation (within the past two years) by a graduate student in the Music Education Program.

Norman Davids Love of Piano Program Fund
Established by friends and family of the late Norman Davids, the purpose of this endowed fund is to enrich the School of Music by providing monies to enhance the educational experiences of students participating in a piano program.

Sarah Beels Dunikoski Memorial Endowment for Graduate Studies in Music Education in the School of Music
In memory of Sarah Beels Dunikoski, wife of Leonard K. Dunikoski, and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Beels, to provide program support for the creative and research activities of graduate students.

Louisa Esber, George Esber and Helen Vrungos Deal Memorial Awards in Music
In their honor, by the late W. E. Esber, brother of Louisa and George and friend of Helen. Consideration will be given to full-time undergraduate and graduate piano and violin students currently enrolled in the School of Music.

Burt L. Fenner Scholarship in Music Composition
Established in memory of Burt L. Fenner by Deborah Fenner and William C. & Margaret M. Fenner (’93 B.S. Computer Science and ’92 B.A. Speech Comm., respectively) to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Music who are majoring in a program with a concentration in composition.

Lynne D. Ferguson Memorial Award
Established by William C. Ferguson III (’99 Bachelor of Music) and Jill A. Iannuzzi Ferguson (’98 B.S. HR&IM), consideration for this award shall be given to undergraduate students who are majoring in Music, and who have achieved excellence in piano and/or wind instrument performance.

William Forest Chamber Music Endowment
Established by William B. Forest (’51 B.A. Arts and Letters) as program support to provide scholarships, graduate fellowships, and general disbursements supporting students or faculty of the School of Music who are engaged in the performance of chamber music.

Keith E. and Linda A. Forrest Trustee Scholarship in the College of Arts and Architecture
Established by Linda A. and Keith E. Forrest (’69 B.S. EMS) to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University with first preference given to students who are majoring in music (either an education or performance major) and with a concentration in voice, string, brass, woodwind or percussion, who have a demonstrated financial need.

Judy Frankel Silver and Gold Award in Music
Established by friends and family of the late Judy Frankel, the purpose of this award is to honor and recognize outstanding achievement by an undergraduate music major who has excelled in acoustic guitar (classes or lessons).

Blake D. and Linda J. Gall Family Trustee Scholarship in the College of Arts and Architecture
Established by Blake D. and Linda J. Gall to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture who have demonstrated a financial need, with first preference given to students majoring in music.

Simeon and Elizabeth Gallu Scholarship
The late Sam Gallu (’40 B.S. Arts and Letters) established this scholarship in memory of his parents, Simeon and Elizabeth Gallu. Sam became a writer and producer for television, radio, and a playwright whose credits include Give ‘Em Hell Harry. Consideration will be given to incoming first-year students possessing outstanding and exceptional talent, dedication to their goal of a professional musical, theatrical, or artistic career, and display total dedication to this goal.

Nancy S. and Glenn W. Gamble Trustee Scholarship in the College of Arts and Architecture
Established by Glenn W. Gamble ('51 B.S. AG, '55 M. Ed. AG, '59 D. Ed. ED) and Nancy Saylor Gamble ('52 B.S. HHD, '55 M. Ed. HHD) to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture who have demonstrated a financial need, with first preference given to students majoring in music education.

George E. Groninger Award for Music Education
Established by George E. Groninger (’54 B.S. Music Education; ’60 M.Ed. Music Education), this annually-funded award honors and recognizes undergraduate students who are majoring in Music Education and who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in student teaching.

Eugene and Lois (Sheaffer) Harsh Trustee Scholarship
Established by Eugene S. Harsh (’57 B.S. Meteorology, ’62 M.S. Meteorology) to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Architecture who have a demonstrated financial need, with first preference given to students who are majoring in or planning to major in Music Education.

Hintz Music Scholarship Established in Honor of Bryce and Jonelle Jordan
Established to recognize and support musically superior students and support academic excellence as well as to honor President Emeritus Jordan and the late Mrs. Jonelle Jordan, by Edward R. Hintz ('59 B.S. Business Admin.) and his wife, Helen S. Hintz ('60 B.S. Home Econ.). Consideration will be given to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional musical talent and exemplify high academic ideals with favorable consideration given to members of the Penn State Blue Band.

Elisa and Stephen Hopkins Music Scholarship Fund
Established by Drs. Stephen and Elisa Hopkins (‘07 Ph.D. Educ.), consideration for this annually-funded scholarship shall be given to all graduate and undergraduate students majoring in Music whose primary instrument is double bass, percussion, trombone, or trumpet.

Dorothy Hughes-Young Endowed Scholarship for Music Education and Art Education
Established by Dorothy Hughes-Young (’57 B.S. Music Ed.) and her husband, Ronald Young (’57 B.S. Agriculture), to provide recognition for students pursuing studies in cultural and ethnic diversity in the arts and significant artistic endeavors in a foreign country (i.e. seminars, performances, summer study programs, semester abroad, etc.) Consideration will be given to an undergraduate and graduate student enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Arts and Architecture with preference given to students majoring in music education or art education with plans for a career in teaching.

Johnstone Endowed Music Scholarship Fund
In memory of Helen Johnstone and in honor of Ann Mauery Johnstone by George W. Johnstone (’60 B.S. Sanitary Engineering) to provide recognition to undergraduate students pursuing a music major. Consideration will be given to those students who have given their time and talent on behalf of religious worship services.

Bryce and Jonelle Jordan Excellence Fund
To recruit musically superior students and support academic excellence as well as to honor President Emeritus Jordan and the late Mrs. Jonelle Jordan, funded by alumni and friends of the University upon Bryce Jordan's retirement. Consideration will be given to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional musical talent and exemplify high academic ideals.

Kittie E. Jordan Memorial Fund
In memory of the late Kittie E. Jordan, mother of University President Emeritus Bryce Jordan, to provide program support to assist deserving undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Music and purchasing music scores and textbooks.

Christine Miller Junker and Philip Junker Music Scholarship
Established by Christine Miller Junker (’87 B.S. MU ED, ’91 M.B.A.) and Philip Junker, the purpose of this annually-funded scholarship is to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding graduate and undergraduate students majoring in a degree program offered by the School of Music with first preference given to eligible students whose primary instrument is the clarinet or a woodwind instrument.

Jerome J. Kapitanoff Memorial Scholarship
Established by Lorraine T. Kapitanoff in memory of her late husband, Jerome J. Kapitanoff (’64 B.S. Ind. Engineering, ’73 M.Ed. and ’83 D.Ed. Vocational Industrial Ed.) to recognize outstanding students in the College of Education, the College of Engineering or the School of Music. Consideration will be given to full-time undergraduate students who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success.

Mae Eileen Kroulik Scholarship for Excellence in Music Performance (In odd-numbered years alternating years with the Leight Endowment)
To provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Music and majoring in instrument or voice. Consideration will be given to full-time second, third and fourth-year undergraduate students who are music majors performing on their primary applied instrument or voice.

William J. and Lois Kesterson Leight Memorial Fund (In even-numbered years, alternating years with the College of Engineering)
Established by the late Colonel William J. Leight (’34 B.S. Electrical Engineering) to provide or assist in providing guest speakers and artists, scholarships in art and music and for the purchase of art objects for the Palmer Museum of Art.

Dominic A. Lockwood Trustee Scholarship
Established in memory of Dominic A. Lockwood ('49 B.S. Edu, '51 DSL Law) by Kathleen A. Lockwood (’71 B.S. Edu, '78 M.Ed. Edu) to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University with first preference given to students enrolled in the music major who have a demonstrated financial need.

Andrew Ward Loftus Scholarship
Established by Nelson S. Loftus, Jr. (’58 B.S. and ’62 M.S. Forestry, '66 Ph.D. Agronomy) and Brenda G. Loftus (’65 M.Ed. Higher Ed.) in memory of their parents and in honor of their son, Andrew Ward Loftus (’97 B.S. Music Ed.), to provide recognition and financial assistance to third and fourth year full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Music who are pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education and have achieved a superior academic record. Preference is given to students who play the trombone, euphonium or tuba.

Lyle Merriman Music Scholarships
To honor the School of Music’s Director Emeritus, Lyle Merriman. Consideration will be given to second, third and fourth-year undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Music that demonstrate exceptional musical talent and exemplify high academic standards.

Virgil E. and Mary S. Neilly Endowment for Music Education
Established by Mrs. Mary S. Neilly in memory of her late husband, Virgil E. Neilly (’48 B.S. Electrical Engineering), to provide program support to enrich the music education program in the School of Music, such as scholarships, graduate fellowships, and general disbursements supporting students or faculty of the School of Music.

Dorothy B. O'Connor Undergraduate Scholarship in the School of Music
Established by the late Dorothy B. O'Connor to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in a major offered by the School of Music in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University who demonstrate exceptional musical talent and exemplify high academic standards.

Harold and Nancy O’Connor Music Scholarship
Established by Harold O’Connor, Jr. (’52 B.S. Physics) and Nancy O’Connor to provide scholarships to attract and recognize outstanding keyboard, brass, woodwind, and string players who are enrolled in the School of Music. Consideration will be given to a full-time student in the School of Music.

Ouwehand Family Trustee Scholarship in the College of Arts and Architecture
Established by Pieter W. and Lida Ouwehand to recognize undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University with first preference given to students who are majoring in or planning to major in music, who have a demonstrated financial need.

Pennsylvania State University Performing Arts Scholarship Fund
Established to provide scholarships for outstanding full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the University with specific talent in the performing arts (choir or orchestra). Consideration will be given to students demonstrating superior performance or ability in the choral or orchestral performing arts or who manifest promise of making an outstanding contribution therein.

Presser Scholarship
Established to provide scholarships and appropriate recognition for undergraduate students majoring in music. Consideration will be given to full-time undergraduate students who have completed at least three years or its equivalent and have expressed and exhibited a personal dedication to a career in music.

Laura Belle Pyle Trustee Scholarship
Established by David P. Stone ('67 B.S. Engineering) to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University who have a demonstrated financial need, with first preference given to students enrolled in the music major.

John, Miriam and Robert Reed Scholarship in the School of Music
Established from the estate of Robert E. Reed (’51 B.A. Commerce and Finance) to recognize outstanding graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Music who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success.

Willard G. Rouse, III Trustee Scholarship
Established in memory of Willard G. Rouse, III by Robert E. Fenza ('80 B.Ph. Inter-College) to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University with first preference given students enrolled in the music major who have a demonstrated financial need.

Grace Allis Schiff Memorial Trustee Scholarship
Established by Steven and Eleanor Schiff and John and Allis Dale Gillmore, combined with contributions received in memory of Grace Allis Schiff, the purpose of this trustee scholarship is to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Arts and Architecture who have a demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses. First preference given to students from the eligible pool whose primary instrument is string.

Jane Cowell Sheaffer Endowment
Established in memory of Jane Cowell Sheaffer (’34 B.A. Arts and Letters) for scholarship and academic pursuits. Consideration will be given to undergraduate students and faculty of the School of Music.

David P. Stone Trustee Scholarship
Established by David P. Stone (’67 B.S. Engineering) to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University with first preference given to students enrolled in the music major who have a demonstrated financial need.

Fred Waring Scholarship
In memory of Fred Waring (’22 Mech. Engineering) to recognize students enrolled or planning to enroll at the University who possess exceptional music talent. Consideration will be given to undergraduate or graduate students who possess exceptional music talent as instrumentalists, composers, arrangers, and singers as determined by audition or portfolio.

Karen Weston Memorial Trustee Scholarship in the College of Arts and Architecture
Established from the trust of the late Kenneth R. Weston ('28 B.S. SCI) to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture who have demonstrated a financial need, with first preference given to students majoring in music.

Phyllis K. Williams Endowed Scholarship Fund Honoring the State College Woman’s Club
In memory of Phyllis K. Williams by her husband, Dr. Eugene G. Williams ('57 Ph.D. Geology), to recognize full-time students majoring in the performing arts (music and/or theatre).

The School of Music Choral Scholarships and Awards

Mona Shibley Bird Memorial Choir Scholarship
Established in memory of Mona Shibley Bird (’44 B.A. Psychology) by her late brother, Raymond N. Shibley (’47 B.S. Commercial Chem.) Consideration will be given to undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Music who possess exceptional voice talent and plan careers as choral singers or directors.

Nina and Raymond Brown Music Scholarship in Voice
In memory of the late Raymond Brown by his wife and former students, friends and colleagues of Raymond Brown to recruit and retain talented students whose primary study is in voice in the Schoool of Music in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University.

Frank Gullo Scholarship Fund
In memory of the late Frank Gullo by friends and family of Fank Gullo to provide recognition to outstanding full-time undergraduate students enrolled as music majors in voice in the School of Music in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University, and who participate in Glee Club.

Albert Mainwaring Scholarship
In memory of Albert Mainwaring to recognize undergraduate students who are members of the Penn State Glee Club.

Willa C. Taylor Scholarship
In memory of the late Willa C. Taylor, professor of music and choral director, to provide recognition to full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll as voice majors or in the music education program who have demonstrated outstanding musical ability and who have positive academic records.

Francis G. Wood Memorial
Presented in memory of her husband, Francis G. Wood (’31 B.A. Commerce and Finance), by the late Verna Wood and the Penn State Glee Club to recognize full-time undergraduate students who are members, or are planning to become members, of the Penn State Glee Club.