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Scholarships


Scholarships


The Department of Music awards a number of scholarships ($250-$3000) to freshmen whose audition on their major instrument or voice is ranked outstanding. All students who audition prior to last audition date in February of the current year are automatically considered for a music department scholarship without application. Prospective music student may also qualify for academic scholarships.

SCHOLARSHIPS IN HONOR OF FACULTY

GRACE AND MARGARET STEADMAN MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
Grace was music faculty (including department chair) from 1921-39. Margaret is her daughter.

BERTRAM FRANCIS SCHOLARSHIP
Bert Francis was music faculty from 1940-74. This scholarship was established by Bertram Francis' four children in honor of his dedication to the music department at Mansfield University. The children, Lois Bush '59, Jean Cloos '59, Kathleen Gearinger '64, and Wayne Francis '71, are all MU alumni. In 1953 Mr. Francis founded the Concert Wind Ensemble, at that time only the second such ensemble in the nation. Mr. Francis always displayed a sincere interest and concern for students. Through this scholarship we recognize his wide and renowned service to Mansfield and music.

Criteria: Freshman, instrumental music major. 3.0 GPA or better in high school. Preference toward PA students. Financial considerations may be considered.

CHRISTINE LEWIS MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
Christine Lewis taught at Mansfield University from 1946-70. This scholarship is presented in incoming students majoring in music. One award is given to a recipient concentrating in piano, and the remaining award is given to an undesignated music major.

JOHN BAYNES STRING SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. John H. Baynes, 1940 graduate, faculty from 1947-79, and chairman of the Music Department from 1966-75. The recipient is chosen by the string faculty.

EUGENE JONES SCHOLARSHIP
Given in memory of Eugene Jones, voice professor and choral director from 1956-1983. Awarded to incoming music majors with voice as their primary instrument. Renewable contingent on:

  1. remaining a music major
  2. maintaining a 3.0 average
  3. recommendations from ensemble director and applied teacher

DAVID DICK MEMORIAL AWARD
Given in memory of David J. Dick, voice professor and concert choir director at Mansfield from 1966-1987, to a junior in the Music Education or Vocal Performance curriculum for their senior year. Criteria for the award:

  1. Must possess superior performing and/or choral conducting ability without regard to financial need.
  2. Must be enrolled as a full-time student for the entire academic year.
  3. Must have and maintain a 3.0 QPA in music.
  4. Must have recommendations from teacher of choral conducting and/or voice teacher.
  5. Must have completed two semesters in Concert Choir.

RICHARD L. KEMPER AND KURT E. HIDER DOUBLE REED SCHOLARSHIP
Both Richard (double reeds) and Marjorie (piano class, music education) Kemper taught at Mansfield from 1965-88. Kurt Hider (oboe) graduated in 1976. This scholarship is presented to an entering freshman music major with concentration in oboe or bassoon.

RICHARD N. AND DORIS M. TALBOT MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
Dick Talbot taught percussion, marching and symphonic band, and founded the music business degree from 1967-91. This scholarship is available to an incoming freshman instrumental music major. Recipient must perform in the marching band in the fall and an instrumental performance organization in the spring of their freshman year at MU. Applicant must have a high school GPA of 3.0 and have performed in their high school band for four consecutive years. To apply for this scholarship please download the application.

DR. EDWIN ZDZINSKI SCHOLARSHIP
Dr. Zdzinski taught violin, viola, orchestra from 1966-01, and served as department chair (1981-84). This scholarship is presented to a full-time music student with junior status in Music Education. The award will be granted during the senior year. Must have 3.0 GPA and recommendations from instrumental conducting faculty.

EDWARD BROWN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
In honor of Edward Brown, music faculty from 1971 - 1998. Criteria for the award:

  1. Upperclass student
  2. Excels in music theory
  3. Preference given to pianist

ISABEL OCHSNER CHORAL ACCOMPANYING SCHOLARSHIP
Isabel Ochsner (1913-2005) was the mother of Dr. Peggy Dettwiler (music faculty 1990-present). This scholarship was established by Drs. Dettwiler and Jürgen Thym. Isabel Ochsner shared her many talents and interests with her many piano and organ students and served as pipe organist for 37 years at Trinity United Methodist Church in Freeport, Illinois.

SCHOLARSHIPS IN HONOR OF ALUMNI

KATHRYN McINROY SMITH (1905) and ALICE SMITH BAILEY (1932) SCHOLARSHIP
Established by Lt. Col. (Ret.) Arden D. Smith in honor of his mother and sister, both music majors at Mansfield.

KREUSCHER SCHOLARSHIPS
Founded by 1906 alumna, Jean Kreuscher, to award talented musicians. Several scholarship awards are given yearly to incoming Freshmen and to upper class students.

DARRIN ('34) - DYE SCHOLARSHIP
Given in memory of David D. Dye to an incoming freshman music major.

ADA MAE SAXTON ('53) MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is presented to an entering freshman majoring in music. The recipient must be in the top 20% of their senior high school class, obtain a minimum SAT of 1100, obtain a minimum score of 80 on the Theory Placement test and perform an outstanding audition. This is a renewable award.

HOWARD AND OLYNDA CHAFFEE ('57) SMITH ENDOWED MUSIC FUND
Criteria governing the use of the funds will be determined by the Director of Choral Activities and the Music Department Chair. The funds can be used to a) help with travel costs of choral groups, and/or b) provide scholarship assistance to vocal students.

ROBERT GAROFALO ('60) MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

RHODA BARTELL (1948-67) MUSIC AWARD
This award was founded in memory for Rhoda Bartell, a bassoon major in the class of 1968. The student receiving the award will be selected by the Music Department Scholarship Committee based on the recommendations of the double reed teacher.

  1. Must be an entering student with a double reed major.
  2. Must be a full time student and maintain a minimum 2.5 Q.P.A.
  3. Must excel in performance as an oboist or bassoonist.
  4. Must meet all requirements of the Admissions Office and the Music Department of Mansfield University.

ALEXANDER E SIDOROWICZ ('69) SCHOLARSHIP

DEAN AND ELIZABETH PHILLIPS SCHOLARSHIP
Given by their daughter Sara ('74). Criteria: Preference will be given to a student from Lycoming County. Will be renewable if the student maintains 3.0 GPA. Preference given to instrumentalist.

CARL D. RUCK ('80) MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
The purpose of the fund is to provide funding for scholarship(s) for a junior student majoring in music at Mansfield University who meet the stated selection criteria and to assist in efforts to retain the highest quality of student. The scholarship will be given to an instrumentalist, vocalist, keyboard, performance, or music education major. This award may be renewed if recipient maintains criteria.

Criteria for the award:

  1. Overall grade point average of 3.6. SAT scores of 1150 or better.
  2. Preference given to residents of Luzerne County, then PA residents of any county.
  3. Grades of B or better in all Music Theory and History courses.
  4. Grades of B or better in major applied instrument or voice and recommendation from professor.
  5. Service to the community through performance off campus, participation in service organizations and projects, community outreach, etc. Suggested a minimum of 15 hours of service to be provided and logged by the student and submitted to the music department scholarship committee.

RICHARD SWARTZ ('81) AWARD
Founded in memory of Richard Swartz, a bassoon major in the Class 1981, the award is given to an outstanding double reed major. The woodwind faculty will select the recipient considering merit, not need. Criteria for the award:

  1. Must be an oboe or bassoon major and may be in any music curriculum.
  2. Must have completed a full academic year of study at Mansfield.
  3. Must be a full-time undergraduate student for a full academic year after receiving the award.
  4. Must excel in bassoon or oboe.
  5. Must have at least a 3.00 QPA.

SCHOLARSHIPS IN HONOR OF FRIENDS OF THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT

LINDA DIX LEE AND LEWIS B LEE MUSIC EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Lee was a long-time member of the MU Council of Trustees including its chair. Mr. and Mrs. Lee are both first generation to attend college. Because Mrs. Lee was from a small high school lacking in music instruction, she had to learn to read music on her own to qualify to enter MU. Criteria for the award: a full-time upper-class student majoring in Music Education with interest in voice or piano.

MICHAEL AND PEGGY LANE MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
Michael Lane was a former Mansfield University Provost. He and his wife Peggy were members of the Festival Chorus.

LOUISE C. McCONNELL SCHOLARSHIP
Established by Joe and Susan McConnell in honor of their daughter, a wonderful singer who died in 1994 of breast cancer at age 47. Although she received no formal training in voice, Louise had a natural talent for many styles including classical, jazz and music of 20th century composers. Louise's grandfather was a graduate of Mansfield Normal School with the class of 1912. Criteria for the award:

  1. Upperclass woman,
  2. By audition
  3. renewed (with no audition) if other criteria are maintained (3.0 GPA, full-time student, member of Concert Choir).

PRESSER FOUNDATION AWARD
This award is made to a student demonstrating excellence in academics and music. The student selected will be selected during their junior year as the Mansfield University Presser Scholar for the following academic year. Criteria for the award:

  1. The winner must excel in applied music and academic subjects with at least a 3.0 QPA.
  2. The award is based on merit, not need.
  3. The student must be a full-time student for a full academic year after receiving the award.