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All music majors must audition to be accepted to their field of study within the music department. This audition will also serve as an audition for talent-based scholarships. Most auditions are held on designated audition days in November, February, and March, but may also be scheduled individually when faculty availability allows. Any student must have full time status to receive a scholarship, including marching band and show band scholarships. For information concerning auditions, please visit the Future Students page.
Scholarships available through the Department of Music include talent awards for music majors and minors, ensemble participation/service awards, Marching Band scholarships, College of Arts and Media Awards (SVPA), and endowed scholarships. Scholarships are awarded throughout the year while funds remain available. Students auditioning after all funds have been awarded will be placed on a scholarship waiting list. See below for additional information on each type of scholarship.
Non-music majors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to maintain eligibility. Music minors must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minor-specific GPA of 3.0 to maintain eligibility. Music majors must meet the same requirements as detailed below under "Music Major Scholarships."
All students who have been accepted and are enrolled in the Southeast Missouri State Marching Band will receive a $725 scholarship during the fall semester. Awards for students who auditioned and were selected as members of the Missouri All State Band (or adjacent states) increases to $1000 stipend (total).
Contact Dr. Marty Reynolds to audition for the Marching Band.
Music Major Scholarships are renewable for up to 8 semesters. Students who receive music scholarships must maintain, each semester in residence, a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for music courses. Students whose GPA falls below either minimum will have their scholarship rescinded. In addition, music majors must maintain full-time enrollment and complete, with a grade of "C" or better, the courses and performing ensembles required of their degree program and/or specified on their scholarship agreement form. Music majors must also demonstrate satisfactory progress in their applied performance areas as determined by juries and applied music instructors. A music major whose scholarship has been rescinded or not renewed for academic or performance deficiencies may appeal the decision to the Department of Music Recruiting and Scholarship committee. Appeals must be submitted to the Committee in writing with an explanation of mitigating circumstances. The decision of the Scholarship Committee is final. A music major whose scholarship has been rescinded may reapply for a Department of Music scholarship after all academic and performance deficiencies have been corrected, but scholarship reinstatement is not guaranteed in such cases. The department is not obligated to award scholarships beyond the normal eight semesters.
To schedule an audition and download the scholarship recommendation form, visit the Future Students webpage.
Margaret Woods Allen Piano Scholarship
Margaret Woods Allen was a longtime patron of arts in Southeast Missouri. In addition to endowing these scholarships she has provided funding for travel and extra-collegiate educational experiences for deserving piano students. Multiple scholarships are available to students who are majoring in piano. Students will be selected by audition before keyboard faculty. The value of the awards varies, but can include full tuition waiver based upon playing ability. Scholarships are renewable, but students must reapply. Contact Dr. Kevin Hampton Department of Music
SVPA awards range from $500 to $1500, and have limited ability to be combined with other awards. Eligibility requires a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA and either a 21 ACT score (composite) or a 980 SAT (critical reading + math). Additionally, the student must major in art, music, theatre, or dance, and demonstrate artistic ability and promise.
Music minor scholarships are awarded on the basis of musical and academic accomplishment, potential for future growth, and the needs of the department. Music minors who receive music scholarships must maintain, a minimum overall Grade Point Average of 2.75 and a minimum music Grade Point Average of 3.00 each semester in residence. Students whose GPA falls below either minimum will have their scholarships rescinded. In addition to the GPA requirement, music minor scholarship holders must maintain enrollment in and progress toward the requirements of the music minor. Students not enrolled in required music courses during a particular semester may have their scholarship rescinded for that semester. Music minors must also demonstrate satisfactory progress in their applied performance areas as determined by juries and applied music instructors.
A student whose music minor scholarship has been rescinded or not renewed for academic or performance deficiencies may appeal the decision to the Department of Music Recruiting and Scholarship Committee, following the procedures detailed above in the Music Major Scholarships section.
Ensemble Participation/Service Scholarships may be awarded to non-majors for performance in departmental ensembles or to music majors or minors with non-performance-related duties in the department. These awards are granted by audition and on the basis of talent and departmental need. A student who receives an ensemble/service scholarship is required to fulfill all obligations to the ensemble or activity for which the award is granted. A scholarship may be rescinded if the recipient has not fulfilled the obligations and requirements satisfactorily.
Under certain circumstances a currently enrolled student, in good standing, may defer for a maximum of two semesters his or her department, marching band and/or show band scholarships. Deferment would be considered for military service, severe illness or similar reason, and will be considered on a case by case basis. In order to receive a scholarship deferment, the student must submit a formal letter requesting deferral of scholarship award(s) for up to two semesters. Requests must be received by the music department chair by August 1 for deferments beginning in the fall semester, and December 1 for deferments beginning the spring semester.
When the student is ready to return, he or she must submit a letter of intent to return to the university and recommence the scholarship agreement. This letter must be received by December 1 for return in the spring semester, and August 1 for return in the fall semester.
Upon receipt of the intent to return letter, a new scholarship contract will be issued to the student, noting the date on which the scholarship(s) will recommence and it will include the remaining number of semesters of eligibility (dependent upon continued fulfillment of scholarship criteria).
Students may also be eligible for endowed scholarships, which can be applied for annually. Applications for ALL endowed scholarships for continuing students [remove hyperlink] must be completed online by the deadline of March 1. A partial listing of endowed scholarships can be found at the bottom of this page. Here are the steps to apply:
For information regarding general scholarships, visit http://www.semo.edu/scholarships
ED019. DANIEL O. DUNAVAN PERCUSSION SCHOLARSHIP. Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding percussion student. Music Department scholarship rules apply and recipient will be selected by audition by the Music Dept. Scholarship Committee.
EK007. PAUL AND IRENE KINDER. Open to graduates of Jackson High School, with Music majors receiving preference.
Entering freshmen must rank at or above the 50th percentile on a recognized college
entrance examination and in the upper one-third of their high school class. Financial
need is the main consideration. Students with college credit may apply for renewal.
Deadline is March 1.
This scholarship fund was established in 1971 by Paul and Irene Miller Kinder, both graduates of Southeast Missouri State University. Mrs. Kinder majored in music, taught music and English in high school and devoted her time to volunteer work. Mr. Kinder was involved in vocational rehabilitation work in the State Department of Education in Jefferson City, and later became Supervisor of the St. Louis Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Awards: The Kinder Scholarship is provided for graduates of Jackson High School. Financial need is the main consideration in selecting recipients, with music majors receiving preference. Entering freshman making application must rank on or above the 50th percentile of a recognized college entrance examination and in the upper one-third of their graduating class. Students with college credit may apply for renewal of the award.
EL008. HAROLD LICHTENEGGER MUSIC EDUCATION. Open to students who have completed Block I of the Music Education major with an overall GPA of 3.0. Applicant may be a vocal or instrumental major. Financial need will be a consideration. Deadline is March 1. This scholarship was established in honor and in memory of Harold Lichtenegger, a prominent Southeast Missouri band director.
Awards: Students must be currently enrolled as a Music Education Major at Southeast Missouri State University, seeking a BME (instrumental) degree. They must have completed Block I of the Education Block, have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a 3.0 GPA in music classes. They must show financial need (verified by the FAFSA form). The scholarship is renewable but students must reapply.
EL010. BEE S. LIMBAUGH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. Open to students with musical ability, moral character, and demonstrated financial need. Deadline is March 1st. The Bee S. Limbaugh Scholarship Fund was created in December, 1977 by Mr. Rush H. Limbaugh and family in memory of his wife. Mr. Limbaugh was a recipient of the Alumni Merit Award in 1961 and has maintained a close association with Southeast Missouri State University through the years. Because of the family's love for music, the scholarship fund was established to assist students who are enrolled in the music department or desire to attend the University for the purpose of studying music.
Awards: The individual award amount is flexible and will be determined by the Music Department Scholarship and Recruitment committee. All awards will be made in the form of an unconditional cash grant. Awards may be issued to two juniors and two seniors each year. The University Financial Aid Services office will review all nominations to determine eligibility. From the eligible candidates, the Music Department Scholarship and Recruitment Committee will select the recipients of awards. After screening applicants, the Committee may request top applicants to be available for an interview before determining the final selections. Should any person receive the scholarship desire later to repay the funds, the University shall have the right to accept such payment. In that event, the amount repaid shall be added to the principle of the scholarship fund.
EM011. LEROY F. MASON. Open to Music students who are actively involved in the University music program. Auditions must be scheduled by contacting the Department of Music, (573) 651-2553. The scholarship was established in honor of Mr. Leroy Mason, former faculty member of the music department. Mr. Mason began as a member of the Golden Eagles Band and later went on to build the band to one of national fame.
Awards: The scholarship is open to music students actively involved the University music program. Auditions must be scheduled by contacting the department of music. The scholarship is renewable, but students must reapply each year.
EA003. ALEXANDER COUNTY/EDNA WALKER. Open to students from Alexander County, Illinois. Preference will be given to a Music major with a 2.5 GPA. Deadline is March 1.
EC001. PARILEE AND MARCA JEAN CAMPBELL MEMORIAL. Open to a junior or senior student with financial need and a minimum 2.75 GPA majoring in art (fine or performing) or music. Award is renewable as long as recipient maintains eligibility status and such other conditions as are consistent with the University's policies and procedures concerning scholarship awards. Deadline is March 1.
EC022 CHARLES COX MEMORIAL VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established in 1994 in honor of Southeast graduate Charles Cox who taught at Waynesville High School. The scholarship is to be provided to a student pursuing an education in music with a major in vocal music education. First preference is given to students from Waynesville High School, second preference is given to entering freshman from Cape Central/Notre Dame High Schools, and third preference is given to students from any Southeast Missouri High School. Interest and participation in extracurricular activities will be considered. The applicant must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 2.75 grade point average in order to renew the award. The award is renewable up to 4 years, but the student must reapply each year. The scholarship committee and Robert and Betty Cox reserve the right to award this scholarship to an upper level vocal music education major as long as the individual meets the Teacher Education Program qualifications.
EC036. EDDIE KIES-BILL SHIVELBINE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. Awarded to a student majoring in music or participating in any SEMO State University
musical group with financial need as verified by the FAFSA form. Deadline is March
EC029. SHERYL CROW SCHOOL OF VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS. Open to students who are pursuing a degree from the College of Arts and Media. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and verified financial need. Applications are available in the Department of Theater and Dance, (573) 651-2149. Deadline is March 1.
EG028. HOMER GILBERT ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. Awarded to a student majoring in Music. Must have 3.0 cumulative GPA in all areas of study. Deadline is March 1.
EF005. DONALD K. FORD MEMORIAL PERCUSSION. Open to percussion majors who exhibit financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to those interested in jazz. Awarding process includes an audition. Deadline is March 1. Donald K. Ford was an active percussionist, jazz drummer, and director of the Southeast University Foundation.
Awards: Students must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA, have financial need (verified by the FAFSA form) and audition on a percussion instrument for the music faculty. First preference is given to students who are vitally interested in jazz percussion. The scholarship is renewable for one year.
EW015. MARK WOODS. Open to Music majors with a cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 3.25 GPA in the Music major. Deadline is March 1. The scholarship is automatically renewable. Students do not need to reapply each year.
EG018. DAVID GREEN CLARINET. This scholarship is open to students working on a BME, BM, BA, or BS Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Music. The applicant must have demonstrated proficiency in clarinet, and the clarinet must be the recipient's major performance area. Deadline is March 1.
Dr. David Green was a longtime faculty member of the Department of Music. Dr. Green taught clarinet and saxophone, served as Director of Assessment for the General Education program, and taught the music history sequence. He served many years as principal clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and performed often as a jazz saxophonist and bassist.
EH028. EARL & MARGIE HOLLAND SCHOOL OF VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP. Awarded to a student pursuing degrees in Music, Art, Theatre and Dance. Applications are available in the Department of Theater and Dance, (573) 651-2149. Deadline is March 1.
EJ007. MOZELLE CLOUD JARVIS SCHOLARSHIP. Open to student who is a graduate of Sikeston High School and enrolled in Sikeston Regional Campus or main campus of Southeast Missouri State University. First preference is for a student interested in Performing Arts. Deadline is March 1.
EK004. ADENE C. KELLER. Open to a Music student in voice training. For more information, contact the Department of Music at (573) 651-2553.
The Adene C. Keller Scholarship was founded in 1997 by Laura St. Ann Keller in memory of her mother. It is to be given to a promising music student in voice training on the advise of the Music Department. First preference is given to a student from Southeast Missouri. It is automatically renewable if the previous year's recipient meets the criteria. The student does not need to reapply.
EL021. RANDY LEINER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. Awarded to a resident of Cape Girardeau County or Scott County who is an art or music major. Deadline is March 1.
EM030. BRANDON AND MIRIAM MEHRLE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. Open to students majoring in music or participating in any Southeast Missouri State University musical ensemble with financial need as verified by the FASFA form. Deadline is March 1.
ER017. LUDEANNE FOWLER RUZICKA SCHOLARSHIP. Recipient should have interest in pursuing degree in Performing Arts or Music. Faculty and/or alumni advisor may recommend a worthy student, but it is not required. Contact your department for application procedures. Deadline is March 1.
ES040. THE JOHN & ANN SHELTON MUSIC EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP. Awarded to a student with a declared Music Education major, that has either been admitted to the Teacher Education program or is in his/her 2nd semester of the sophomore year. Deadline is March 1.
EV009. RAYMOND VOGEL JR. ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. To be awarded to a music student. Deadline is March 1.
EW007. O. L. WILCOX MEMORIAL. Open to students with music program participation. Applicant does not have to be a Music major. Deadline is March 1. Open to students with music program participation. The student does not have to be a music major.