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.)
    • 2018–2019 Application [PDF] 

    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

    • 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.

  • 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

    • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student string major
    • Applicant must be a member of the EMU Symphony Orchestra
    • Recipient must perform a year-end recital featuring a work by a Chinese or Taiwanese composer 

    Zhiwen Situ Cello Scholarship

    • Undergraduate or graduate cellist of exceptional abilities
    • Full-time student
    • Applicant must be a full-time member of the EMU Symphony Orchestra

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.