Scholarships and Opportunities

Each year the Music Department offers several scholarships and stipends (listed below) to music students in various programs. To determine your eligibility, please review the Scholarship Qualification and Retention Policy in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Prior to submitting your scholarship application, please be advised that an entrance audition is required for all prospective music major and minors. Information and the application are available at this link.

Several ensembles are developed for students that have outstanding skills in music. The members of these select ensembles all receive scholarships. Members are determined by special auditions that are held during the Summer before the school year. For more information about these groups contact the Fresno State Music Department at (559) 278-2654.

All applicants for any scholarships must complete the on-line University Scholarship application and must demonstrate financial need.

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For general information, contact:

Thomas Loewenheim 
Email
559.278.2539 

For information about auditions, contact:
Sindi McGuire 
Email
559.278.2654

Available Scholarships and Stipends

General Scholarships

Scholarship Name Who Can Apply More information

Allen Skei Musicology

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to student majoring in Music with special interests in musicology.

Anne Elizabeth Fisher Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to deserving students pursuing a degree in the field of music.

Department of Music Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to deserving students studying Music at Fresno State.

Department of Music Memorial Scholarships

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to deserving students based on educational promise. Preference shall be given to students majoring within the Department of Music. 

Loretta Ann Price Music Scholarship

Recipients must be enrolled full-time and have a cumulative minimum GPA of at least 3.0.
**Post-bac or graduate students are not eligible.**

Scholarship shall be awarded to at least:

(1) One (but no more than two) outstanding undergraduate student majoring in Music who intend on pursuing a career in Music.

(2) One outstanding graduating student who is receiving an undergraduate degree in music and intends to "teach" music in a public school.

Margaret & Jacob Kavoian Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to students in the field of agriculture, science and music, with preference given to music majors.

Martha Hagen Music

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate student pursuing a Music major.  Preference shall be given to California residents.  Awards shall be based on excellent promise in the field of Music, scholastic ability in academic coursework, and financial need.

Soroptimist Music Scholarship in Memory of Evelyn Berg

 

A scholarship shall be awarded to one full-time undergraduate student with a junior year standing pursuing a degree in Music, and to one full-time graduate student pursuing an advance degree in Music, each of whom shall demonstrate financial need and overall scholastic excellence and achievement.  Students must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 earned over the last one year of academic instruction and be in good standing.

Brass Scholarships

Scholarship Name Who Can Apply More information

Clendenin Brass Scholarship

Recipients must also have a declared major in Music.

Scholarship is awarded to a deserving a member of the Clendenin Brass Quintet.

James Winter Memorial Brass Scholarship

Students must be enrolled full-time and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Emphasis in the program of study must be on brass instrument performance and/or teaching with specialization in the trumpet, horn, trombone or tuba. Student must be taking regular private lessons with Fresno State brass instrument faculty, and be a regular member of one or more relevant Fresno State ensembles (orchestra, wind ensemble, brass choir, etc.).

If no undergraduate student meet these criteria, then a graduate student may be considered.

Scholarships shall be awarded to undergraduate music majors studying Brass Instruments with emphasis on teaching and/or performance, demonstrating talent, musicianship, personal focus, and high degree of dedication required to succeed at the professional level in Brass Instrument performance or teaching.

Piano Scholarships

Scholarship Name Who Can Apply More information

Amparo Iturbi Memorial Scholarship

 

The scholarship shall be awarded to a deserving junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in Piano.  Applicants for this scholarship will need to audition before the music faculty.

Ben & Clarice Krikorian Piano Scholarship

 

Scholarship shall be awarded to a deserving Piano student.

Doumanian Scholarship for Piano Performance

 

Applicants must be majoring in Music with preference for those studying piano performance.

Award amount is up to $500 annually.

Mary Renning Phillips Piano

Recipient must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in their junior or senior year.  Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate the intention of pursuing a career in the performing arts, teaching, or music education.

Scholarship shall be awarded to one or more students pursuing a Piano Music Performance degree who demonstrates overall excellence and accomplishment in the pursuit of their music degree.

Miriam Fox Withrow Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to students planning to major in music whose major area of performance is piano and who have demonstrated superior talent in this field of music.

Music Teachers Assoc of Fresno Ca Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to full-time undergraduate students who have a 3.0 GPA and majoring within the Department of Music. Recipients must have studied two or his/her four year high school years with a Music Teacher Association of California, Fresno County Branch teacher.

Philip Lorenz Piano Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to a deserving student majoring in Piano.

Roland P. Beiden Memorial Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to students seeking a degree in Music with the area of concentration in piano.

Ruth Anderson Phillips Piano Scholarship

Students must have a junior or senior standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 earned over the last year of academic instruction.  The recipient(s) must demonstrate the intention of pursuing a Music Performance degree in piano with a view toward a related career in the performing arts, teaching, or music education.

Scholarships shall be awarded to one or more students demonstrating overall excellence and accomplishment in pursuit of a degree in Piano Music Performance.

Voice Scholarships

Scholarship Name Who Can Apply More information

Arthur E. Huff Scholarship

Students must demonstrate exceptional aptitude in the choral field and be prepared to demonstrate this via two letters of reference from professional choral conductors, or teachers, and an audition tape.

Scholarship shall be awarded to students demonstrating overall excellence and accomplishment in pursuit of the Choral Music field of study.  Students must be enrolled full-time, have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 earned over the last two years of academic instruction.

Arthur C. Wahlberg Family Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to Music students with preference given to students majoring in vocal or choral music.

Charlotte Chilpigian Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to deserving full-time undergraduate Vocal Music majors or part-time graduate Choral/Vocal majors.  Recipients must demonstrate unusual talent, commitment, and financial need.  All recipients must have a 3.0 GPA or better.

Clifford O. Grant Scholarship

 

A scholarship may be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student(s) pursuing vocal muisc or choral conducting. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit two letters of recommendation from a professional vocal teacher or choral conductor.

New students must give a live audition performing by performing two solos of contrasting styles, one being a foreign language.

Doumanian Scholarship for Choral/Vocal

 

Applicants must be majoring in Music with preference for those studying choral/vocal education or vocal performance.

Award amount is up to $500 annually.

Dorothy Renzi Vocal Music Scholarship

Students will be required to submit two letters of recommendations from a professional vocal teacher and/or choral conductor. Entering new students will be required to give a live audition performance.

Scholarships shall be awarded to one or more full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate overall excellence and accomplishment in a declared or emerging Vocal Music major.  Recipients are required to have a financial need for assistance and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their vocal music major and a 3.0 overall GPA.  

Gary L. Unruh Scholarship

Student must be enrolled full-time with a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 earned over the last two years of academic instruction. Students must demonstrate exceptional aptitude in the Choral field by submitting two letters of reference from professional or choral conductors or teachers and a 1-10 minute audition tape.

Scholarship shall be awarded to graduate or undergraduate student who demonstrates overall excellence and accomplishment in pursuit of the Choral Conducting field of study. Preference shall be given to the graduate student.  

Pearle P. Zalud Music

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to entering or currently enrolled students who are majoring in Music and are interested in classical-light opera.  Students shall maintain a 2.0 GPA or better.  Consideration for this award shall be given to leadership, extracurricular activities, character, scholarship, and financial need.

Verne Delaney Vocal Music Scholarship

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation from a professional vocal teacher and/or choral conductor.  New students who have not previously attended Fresno State will be required to give a live audition.

Scholarships shall be awarded to one or more students demonstrating overall excellence and accomplishment in a vocal and/or choral conducting major.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their major (vocal music and/or choral conducting) and a 3.0 overall GPA.  Students must also have a financial need.

Jazz Scholarships

Scholarship Name Who Can Apply More information

Brian Hamada Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to deserving students who participate in the Fresno State Jazz Band program.

Bud Easton Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to deserving students who participate in the Fresno State Jazz Band program.

Edward Avedisian Memorial Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to deserving students who have been enrolled or plan to enroll in any course within Jazz Studies at Fresno State.

*Preference given to students that play a woodwind instrument.

String/Orchestra Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Name Who Can Apply More information

Albert & Isabelle Kabrielian Music Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to student(s) studying music with high achievement in strings and/or orchestra.

Ben & Clarice Krikorian Orchestra Scholarship

 

Scholarship shall be awarded to a deserving student in Orchestra.

Dr. Harold & Betty Haak Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to student(s) studying music with high achievement in strings and/or orchestra.

Dr. Phyllis Irwin Orchestral Strings Scholarship

 

Scholarship shall be awarded to full-time undergraduate students pursuing the study of Strings with preference given to Music majors.  Students must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Ellen Sanders Memorial Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to one or more full-time students pursuing the study of Music with preference for studying string instruments.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Lawrence R. Sutherland Scholarship

 

Scholarship shall be awarded to a deserving full-time student in the Fresno State Wind Ensemble.

Melvin Baddin Scholarship

 

Grants shall be awarded to students enrolled in the Department of Music with preference given to string players.

Richard L. Grauel Memorial Woodwind Scholarship

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the music field and must demonstrate a financial need. Preference to students primarily interested in the woodwinds.

Scholarships shall be awarded to students who are pursuing a major in Music or have a substantial music minor, and are oriented towards either the performing arts or towards the teaching of music. 

Russell & Maxine Howland Memorial Scholarship

Students must have cumulative minimum 2.75 GPA, be enrolled part-time or full-time, and in good academic standing.

Scholarships shall be awarded to one or more undergraduate or graduate students within the Department of Music who demonstrate overall excellence, accomplishment, and high academic achievement in pursuit of the study of music with emphasis in the study of the clarinet.

Waterford-Orchestra/Strings Scholarship

 

Scholarships shall be awarded to students pursuing the study of Music in Orchestra or Strings. Recipients shall have a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.0.

President's Quintet Award

Scholarship Name Who Can Apply More information

President's Quintet Award

 

This scholarship, from President Castro, supports members of the President's Quintet.

Marching Band Scholarships

Scholarship Name Who Can Apply More information

Frank Wells Memorial Scholarship

 

Funds shall be awarded to a student in the Marching Band at Fresno State.

Fresno State Marching Band

 

Funds shall be awarded to a student in the Marching Band at Fresno State.

Miriam E. Long Memorial Scholarship

 

Awarded to deserving students in the Marching Band on the basis of need and their potential to make a positive contribution to society.