Southeast Missouri State University

Music Scholarships

All music majors, whether or not they are seeking a scholarship, must audition to be accepted to their field of study within the music department. Our audition dates are on  the first Saturday in February and March. Prospective students may also schedule a personal audition on any weekday. To do this, fill out our online Music Scholarship Application and request a personal audition date at the bottom of the form. Fill this form out and submit it at least two weeks before you'd like to audition. Be sure you print two copies of the Scholarship Recommendation Form and give to your school music teacher and principal or private instructor to complete.   These forms needs to be mailed to us by US Postal mail at least 2 weeks prior to your audition.  For information concerning auditions, please visit the Auditions page.

For returning students, the Music Scholarship Renewal Form must be filled out each year and returned by the end of February.

Endowed scholarships are available for all students as well. Applications for ALL endowed scholarships for continuing students must be completed online by the deadline of March 1. Applications for new students are available in PDF form online and from Student Financial Servicesand must be completed by March 1.Apartial listing of endowed scholarshipscan be found at the bottom of this page. Here are the steps to apply:

  1. Login to your Student Portal (http://portal.semo.edu)
  2. Select Students Tab
  3. Select "Click Here to open My Southeast Self-Service"
  4. Click on the link to access your Self-Service page
  5. Select "Southeast Student Processes"
  6. Select "Apply for an Endowed Scholarship"

Southeast Missouri State Marching Band scholarships are awarded to each student (regardless of major or GPA) who is an enrolled member of the Southeast Missouri State Marching Band during the fall semester.

Scholarships for music majors are awarded in March of each year and are renewable as long as students maintain their GPA and demonstrate satisfactory progress in their applied performance area. All music majors, whether or not they are seeking a scholarship, must audition to be accepted to their field of study within the music department. Audition dates are the first Saturdays in February and March. Prospective students may also schedule a personal audition. For information concerning auditions, please visit the Auditions page.

Music minor scholarships are awarded on the basis of musical and academic accomplishment, potential for future growth, and the needs of the department.

Music service scholarships may be awarded to non-majors for performance in departmental ensembles or to music majors with non-performance-related duties in the department. Music service scholarships are granted by audition and on the basis of talent and departmental need.

For information regarding general scholarships for freshmen, visit http://www.semo.edu/sfs/financialaid/scholarships/freshmen.htm

For information regarding general scholarships for transfer students, visit http://www.semo.edu/sfs/financialaid/scholarships/ccollege.htm

Southeast Missouri State Marching Band Scholarship

All students who have been accepted and are enrolled in the Southeast Missouri State Marching Band will receive scholarship monies during the fall semester as follows:
1st year member stipend - $500
2nd year member stipend - $650
3rd year member stipend - $750
4th year member stipend - $1000
ALL STATE MEMBERS: As a member of the Golden Eagles, you will receive a $1000 stipend (total) each year you are enrolled! You need to be selected by audition to either the Missouri All State Band (or adjacent states), Missouri All State Jazz Band, Missouri All State Orchestra (winds and percussion only), and show proof of your membership to obtain this scholarship. All State alternates or honorable mention do not qualify for this award.

All Golden Eaglesscholarshipsare contingent on GPA as each student must maintain an overall 2.0 GPA to remain eligible. To join the Golden Eagles, please download, complete and return this application.

Download a Southeast Missouri State Marching Band application (Adobe PDF format).

Music Major Scholarships

Music majors who receive music scholarships must maintain, each semester in residence, a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 and a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for music courses. Students whose GPA falls below either minimum will have their scholarship rescinded for the subsequent semester. In addition to the GPA requirement, 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.

Additionally, music majors must 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.

Music major scholarships are renewable each academic year by submission of a Music Scholarship Renewal Application by February 15. The department is not obligated to award scholarships beyond the normal eight semesters.
(Music Scholarship Application in Adobe PDF format.)

Music Minor Scholarships

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 3.0 each semester in residence. Students whose GPA falls below either minimum will have their scholarships rescinded for the subsequent semester. 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 or converted to a Music Service Scholarship with a possible adjustment in allocation. Also, students must 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. Appeals must be submitted to the Committee in writing and with an explanation of mitigating circumstances. The decision of the Scholarship Committee is final. A student whose music minor scholarship has been rescinded may reapply for a Department of Music scholarship after all academic and performance deficiencies have been corrected. Music minor scholarships are renewable each academic year by submission of a Music Scholarship Renewal Application by February 15.

Music Service Scholarships

Music Service Scholarships may be awarded to non-majors for performance in departmental ensembles or to music majors with non-performance-related duties in the department. Music Service Scholarships are granted by audition and on the basis of talent and departmental need. A student who receives a Music Service Scholarship is required to fulfill all obligations to the ensemble or activity for which the award is granted. Music Service Scholarships are distributed at the end of each semester upon verification of satisfactory completion of the scholarship requirements by the instructor or supervisor of record. A scholarship may be prorated or rescinded if the recipient has not fulfilled the obligations and requirements satisfactorily. Music Service Scholarships are renewable each academic year by submission of a Music Scholarship Renewal Application by February 15.

Endowed Scholarships in Music

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 KEYS-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 1st.

EC029. SHERYL CROW SCHOOL OF VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS. Open to students who are pursuing a degree from the School of Visual and Performing Arts. 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 University Studies 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.

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