Cello Scholarships

The School of Music & Dance is proud to award a number of scholarships to promising students in our programs. The following list applies to any cellist in the Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Performance or Bachelor of Arts program.

  • First Year Students

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    Alexander Performance Awards

    • Music majors
    • Qualified freshmen students
    • Talent-based
    • Recommended at the time of entrance audition 

    Olmstead, Marian and Fred Scholarship

    • First-time freshmen
    • Minimum 3.0 high-school GPA
    • Enrolled in music
  • Sophomores through Seniors

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    Brundage, Barbara Elizabeth Scott Scholarship

    • Music majors
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Minimum first semester sophomore status
    • Show outstanding achievement and ability in the field of music 

    Dillman, Jessie Scholarship

    • Must apply no later than March 20
    • Upperclassmen
    • Completed one semester as music major
    • Enrolled full-time
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Show high level of ability in performance or creativity (i.e., composition, research, teaching potential, etc.)
    • Visit the School of Music & Dance Scholarships Page for the most current application.

    Drummond Scholarship

    • Student studying theatre, music or fine arts
    • Minimum junior class standing 

    James, Dorothy Scholarships

    • Music majors
    • Minimum sophomore status enrolled for at least two semesters at EMU
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA in music theory-literature
    • Active in Mu Phi Epsilon 

    Weddige, Juanita Scholarship

    • Awarded once a year
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA (one subject may be excluded)
    • Minimum junior class level
    • Demonstrate excellence in major interest of music
    • Selected by the Weddige Scholarship Committee
    • May receive award more than once if eligible
    • All undergraduates 

    Laing, Dr. Harlow E. and Leela Linder Scholarship

    • Studying music
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Graduate of Ypsilanti Lincoln High School
    • If no music student qualifies, award goes to a major in Earth Science or Biology 

    Lindegren, Carl Scholarship

    • Completed one semester in music
    • Provides tuition for private music instruction in the major field (voice or instrument) 

    McGuire, Michael Music Therapy Scholarship

    The scholarship is to be distributed to a music therapy student who has completed at least four music therapy classes, including one academic year of pre-internship clinical training; has a grade point average of at least 3.00; and who can demonstrate musical skills sufficient to lead a music therapy group on at least two of these three: guitar, piano and voice. 

    Music and Dance Service Awards

    • Service in band, orchestra, vocal, keyboard, or dance
    • Recommended solely at the discretion of program faculty
    • Primarily upper-class students 

    Newell, Lisa and Mary Scholarship

    • College of Arts and Sciences majors
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Minimum 2.5 GPA
    • Preference given to students majoring in this priority order: vocal music, drama, instrumental music 

    Phipps, Mary F. Scholarship

    • Undergraduate or second bachelors student
    • Enrolled full-time (student teaching or in music therapy internship shall constitute full-time)
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Music majors in one of the following curricula: music education (vocal), music education (instrumental or music therapy); completed Music 330, 332 or 303
    • Recommended by members of Music Education and Music Therapy faculty 

    Remington, Joseph Scholarship

    • Award based on scholarship, character, musicianship of student
    • Music majors in the general area of music rather than performance
    • Demonstrate financial need 

    Janet L. Pounds Music Education Scholarship

    • Student must be a Music Education Major
    • Minimum 2.75 GPA
    • Recipient should demonstrate financial need.
  • Graduate Students

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    Morgan, Haydn Scholarship

    • Graduate student in music
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Demonstrate outstanding composition ability 

    Graduate Assistantship in Orchestral Studies (Available starting 2021-2023!)

    • The GA applicant must be fully or conditionally (conditions 1, 2 or 3) admitted to a graduate program of study.
    • Maintain a 3.0 graduate grade-point average
    • International students must have an F-1 or J-1 visa or official work permit to be a GA.

    To keep a Graduate Assistantship position, the student must:

    • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours if appointed Fall and Winter semesters, and one credit for the Summer semester
    • Make progress toward completing a graduate program of study filed with the Office of Records and
    • Registration, without an excessive number of incompletes or course withdrawals.

    Full details, please visit Graduate Assistantships.

  • Competitions

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    The following performance competitions are open to music students:

    Barry Manilow Competition

    • Financial award given to an outstanding performer who will be a full-time student during both the Fall and Winter semesters in which they will hold the award.
    • Applicants must be admitted to an undergraduate degree program in the School of Music and Dance or CTA.
    • Previous winners and students on Conditional Admission, Alternative Admission or Special Student status are ineligible to apply.

    For full application dates and information, please visit the Competitions Page.

    Graduate Performance Competition

    • Sponsored by the Graduate Studies and Research and the School of Music and Dance
    • Financial award presented to an outstanding graduate student in Music Performance
    • The recipient will be selected by a competition/performance held in the Winter semester
    • Applicants must be admitted to a Master of Arts degree program in the School of Music and Dance and must be enrolled during both semesters of the academic year the competition is held. 

    For full application dates and information, please visit the Competitions Page.

  • Strings

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    Baker, Dr. Earl L. and Charlotte S. Scholarship

    • Music majors
    • Stringed instrument primary area of interest
    • Demonstrate outstanding ability in string family of instruments
    • Minimum 2.5 GPA 

    Riley, Daisy V., Clara Perry Lockie Scholarship

    • Violin, viola, cello, or double bass major
    • Deserving student
    • Department shall determine selection criteria and administer funds 

    Shure, Fred and Robert Farrell Collegium Musicum String Endowed Scholarship

    • Full-time string major at EMU
    • Performs in Collegium Musicum and the University Orchestra during semester(s) of award
    • Can receive more than once 

    Weiss, Barbara Scholarship

    • Music major
    • Must play viola or violin with a preference for viola
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Full-time student (12 credit hours)
  • New Scholarships in 2021!

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    Beginning in Fall 2021, two new scholarships will be available to students of exceptional abilities! 

    Shing Cheng Seetoo Endowed Scholarship in Orchestral Strings

    • Undergraduate or graduate student string major (i.e. Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Performance, Bachelor of Arts in Music) with full-time academic status during the year they receive the scholarship award (i.e. full two semesters).
    • Recipient must perform a year-end recital featuring a work by a composer of Taiwanese or Chinese heritage 
    • More information about the application process will be posted shortly.


    Zhiwen Situ Cello Scholarship

    • Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming first-year undergraduate cellist of exceptional abilities.
    • Recipient must be a full-time student.
    • If no qualifying first-year cellist is identified, the scholarship may be awarded to a student (undergraduate or graduate cellist) in the EMU CELLO studio.

All scholarships listed above are awarded through recommendation of a faculty member of the EMU School of Music and Dance. If you are interested and qualified for any of the scholarships listed, please speak to a faculty member who can submit a recommendation on your behalf.