Music Scholarships

Questions about SNU School of Music scholarships? Please call the SNU School of Music at (405) 491-6345.

Applied Music Scholarships

  • Operationally funded
  • Awarded by committee audition in the areas of keyboard, voice, instrumental, percussion and strings
  • Restricted to incoming Freshman with a minimum ACT score of 20
  • Candidates are selected on personal character, music references, and personal philosophy
  • Interested candidates should request the SNU School of Music Handbook for additional background information
  • Amount varies

Ayres/Southall Family Memorial Scholarship – Strings

  • Established by Shirley N. Pelley, Michael Pelley, Cynthia Pelley & Kathy Pelley Evans
  • Available to Freshman with a minimum 23 ACT score
  • Upper-division students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Applicants must have a proficiency in area of stated interest
  • Applicant must be completing a degree in the SNU School of Music and involved in an official performance ensemble
  • Verifiable financial need
  • Amount varies

Bell, Jean Memorial Scholarship – Keyboard

  • Established and funded by Rev. James Bell, husband; and Kathy Bell Harris, daughter; friends and extended family
  • Recipients are selected by an audition process which includes the following criteria:
    [1] A written application to the Chair, School of Music; deadline of March 15 for the following fall;
    [2] Selection based on a spring audition conducted by at least two members of the piano faculty, with audition consisting of two standard piano works, memorized and of contrasting stylistic character, not to exceed 15 minutes total;
    [3] Excellence in performance ability shall be principal criterion
  • Seniority in the degree program and financial need will be secondary considerations
  • Amount varies

Bolerjack, L. Ivalee Memorial Scholarship

  • Established by the Estate of L. Ivalee Bolerjack
  • Provides general need funds for students pursuing a degree in Music, Church Music or Music Education, with an emphasis in keyboard
  • Amount varies

Bolerjack, R.T. & Pat Scholarship – Keyboard

  • Established by Dr. R. T. & Patricia L. Bolerjack
  • Any classification
  • Completing a degree in Music with an emphasis in Piano or Organ
  • Must be taking private keyboard instruction while receiving scholarship
  • Amount varies

Boright, Cindy Memorial Scholarship

  • Established by Mark Boright, husband; and friends
  • Provides funds for music students who are members of the Church of the Nazarene
  • Amount varies

Brocious, Dorothy-Bumpus, Sandy Scholarship - Piano

  • Established by the friends and family of Sandy Bumpus, and the Estate of Dorothy Brocious
  • Open to any Junior or Senior student taking private piano lessons
  • Amount varies

Bundy, Margretta Sanders Scholarship – Keyboard

  • Funded by Dr. Wanda M Rhodes, and friends and family of Margretta Bundy
  • Restricted to upper-division students – Freshman not eligible
  • Must be completing a Keyboard (Piano) emphasis
  • Applicant need not be a student majoring in the SNU School of Music
  • Verifiable financial need
  • Annual award of $250

Byron, Ruth Taylor Memorial Scholarship

  • Established through the Estate of Ruth Taylor Byron, professor emeritus
  • Provides funds for upperclassman with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a 3.5 GPA in Music Theory classes taken during their previous two semesters
  • Scholarship may be renewed
  • Amount varies

Chamber, Herbert E. (Gene) Memorial – Church Music

  • Established and funded by Dr. Paul Chambers, son; Mrs. Theresa Chambers West, daughter, and Friends of Herbert E. Chambers
  • 1st Preference for an upper-division music majors preparing for a career in Church Music or music ministry
  • If no music-ministry candidate is available, may be awarded to any music major
  • Amount varies

Clarkson, Edward C. Memorial Scholarship

  • Established by Jan Clarkson, daughter
  • Provides "Need-based" aid for students pursuing a degree in the SNU School of Music
  • Must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Recipients to be selected by the SNU Music Scholarship Committee
  • Open to any Junior or Senior student taking private piano lessons
  • Amount varies

Cole, Wilma Memorial Scholarship - Strings

  • Established by the Wilma Cole Trust
  • Recipients must be participating in the SNU Strings Program and ensembles
  • Awards shall be made in minimum increments of $2000

Copeland Family - "Give Freely" Scholarship

  • Restricted to students in the School of Music, pursuing either a Major or Minor degree
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Recipients "exemplify a compassionate heart looking for opportunities to give freely what God has given them" & exemplifies SNU motto: Character-Culture-Christ
  • Amount varies 

Crill, Chester C. Memorial Scholarship

  • Established by Mrs. Alice Crill, wife
  • Provides scholarships for upper division music majors or minors who are members of the SNU Concert Chorale or its successor ensemble, exhibiting financial need and who exemplifies SNU's motto of "Character-Culture-Christ"
  • Amount varies

Darden, Ruth Drake Memorial Scholarship - Organ

  • Established by Marilyn Darden Irons, daughter, and Jack Ed Irons, son-in-law
  • 1st preference for upper-division female students
  • Pursuing a concentration in Organ
  • If no female candidate identified, may be awarded to any female Music major
  • Amount varies

Davis, Laverne Memorial Scholarship - Keyboard

  • Established by Darlene (Buckles) Davis, wife
  • Provides scholarships for private piano lessons for full-time music majors with verified financial need
  • Candidates must be in good academic standing and reflect SNU's motto of "Character-Culture-Christ"
  • Amount varies

Dobson, Naomi Memorial Scholarship - Voice

  • Established and funded by the friends and former students of Prof. Dobson
  • Voice Student completing a degree in Music
  • Amount varies

Dunn, Dr. Lester Vocal Scholarship

  • Established and funded by James & Dr. John Dunn, sons; friends, former music students and A Cappella members
  • Restricted to male Junior or Senior-level music majors with a concentration in voice or keyboard
  • Based on participation and ability
  • Amount varies

Dunn, Margaret Memorial Scholarship - Keyboard

  • Established and funded by James & Dr. John Dunn, sons; friends, former music students and A Cappella members
  • Restricted to Junior or Senior level music majors
  • Based on participation and ability
  • Amount varies

Edwards Family Instrument Scholarship

  • Established by Mrs. Yvonne Edwards Mercer
  • Any classification eligible to apply
  • Need-based awards to instrumental, keyboard or percussionists who are members of an official ensemble sponsored by the SNU School of Music
  • Amount varies 

Hale, Mr. & Mrs. John Memorial Scholarship – Voice

  • Established by the operatic baritone, Robert Hale, son
  • Provides a $1,000 award to an outstanding music major with a vocal concentration
  • Recipients will be selected by an audition process that includes the following criteria:
    [1] Only upper division major majors with a concentration in voice may apply
    [2] A written application to the Chair, SNU School of Music; deadline of March 15 for the fall semester
    [3] Recipients are selected by a spring performance audition consisting of standard works, memorized, in three languages, not to exceed 15 minutes total
  • Vocal talent and demonstrated progress shall be the primary basis for awarding the scholarship.
  • A recipient may receive the scholarship more than once
  • Awarded in $1,000 increments

Hale, Robert W. Strings Scholarship

  • Funded by a Centennial Benefit Recital by SNU alumnus, Robert W. Hale
  • Provides a $1,000 award to an outstanding music major with a strings concentration
  • Recipients will be selected by an audition process that includes the following criteria:
    [1] Only upper division music majors with a strings concentration may apply
    [2] A written application to the Chair, SNU School of Music, audition convened by the Chair of the School of Music and Strings faculty
    [3] String talent and demonstrated progress shall be primary basis for selection
    [4] Recipients must participate in an annual audition performing works from different musical periods, with selections to be chosen with the assistance of the Strings instructors
  • A student may repeat the scholarship more than once

Harris, John M. Memorial Hymnody Scholarship - Church Music

  • Established by Mrs. Cynthia Harris Ingersol, granddaughter
  • Restricted to Junior or Senior level students pursuing a “Music with Ministry” degree track
  • Based on financial need
  • Contact School of Music for award guidelines
  • If no Hymnology candidate is available, may be awarded to an upper-division music major
  • Amount varies

Hill, Double E. & Helen Scholarship

  • Established by Mrs. Orpha Hill, and funded by Dr. & Mrs. Double E. Hill
  • Awards aid to upper-division students preparing for a teaching career in music
  • Candidates must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and exemplify SNU's motto
  • Amount varies

Imel, Jack & Joan Music Scholarship

  • Established by Jack & Joan Imel
  • Provides need-based awards to upperclassmen with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Recipients must be working to stay in school with active participation in the SNU School of Music ensembles
  • $500 minimum increments

Isaacs, Raleigh Memorial Scholarship – Voice

  • Established by Mrs. Lawana Isaacs, wife, and friends
  • Restricted senior students completing a major or minor in Music
  • Amount varies

Jones, Gregory Hale Memorial Scholarship – Composition

  • Established by Robert W. Hale, uncle
  • Any classification, restricted to full-time students
  • Applicant must be completing a degree in the SNU School of Music
  • 1st Preference for students with an exhibited ability in Composition
  • Amount varies

Knoodle, Arthur C. & Lula Dell Family Memorial Scholarship

  • Established through the Trust of Arthur C. & Lula Dell Knoodle
  • Restricted to upper-division students – Freshman not eligible
  • Applicant must be completing a degree in the SNU School of Music
  • Verifiable financial need
  • Amount varies

Lucky, Dr. Harrell Scholarship – Music Education

  • Established and funded by his friends and former voice students and members of the Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers
  • Selected by the SNU Music faculty, awarded to the “Outstanding Music Education” major for support during their Senior year or Student-teaching block
  • Amount varies

Marsh, Leonard H. & DeWanda Scholarship

  • Established by Mr. & Mrs. James Marsh
  • Provides need-based awards to music majors who are members of the SNU Concert Chorale or its successor ensemble
  • Selection shall be based on the following criteria preference:
    [1] Students from the Southeast Oklahoma District of the Church of the Nazarene
    [2] Oklahoma high school graduates
    [3] General members of the SNU Concert Chorale
  • Amount varies

McKinney, Bertha A. Memorial Scholarship - Keyboard

  • Established through the Estate of Bertha A. McKinney
  • Any full-time student completing a degree in the School of Music
  • 1st preference for a student completing a concentration in Keyboard Emphasis
  • Amount varies

Moore, Mandy Memorial Scholarship

  • Established and funded by Dr. Phil & Donna Moore, parents; friends and family
  • Provides awards for students participating in instrumental ensembles
  • Amount varies

Newsom, Novelle & Carl Memorial Scholarship – Music Education

  • Established by Judge Charles & Carla Johnson
  • Restricted for students completing a Music Education degree track
  • Any classification may apply
  • Based on financial need
  • Amount varies

Oliver, Howard Scholarship

  • Established and funded by the SNU Friends of Music
  • Provides general awards to students majoring in music, or music education
  • Amount varies

Oliver, Ralph & Elizabeth Memorial Scholarship

  • Funded by Prof. & Mrs. Howard Oliver, son
  • Provides tuition assistance to Music majors and minors
  • Any classification may apply
  • Amount varies

Qualls, M.P. "Doc" & Beulah Memorial Scholarship

  • Established by Mr. & Mrs. James Marsh
  • Provides need-based scholarships for music majors who are members of the SNU Concert Chorale or its successor ensemble
  • Selection shall be based on the following criteria preference:
    [1] Students from the Southeast Oklahoma District of the Church of the Nazarene;
    [2] Oklahoma high school graduates; and
    [3] General members of the SNU Concert Chorale
  • Amount varies

Reighard, Mark & Audrey Keyboard Scholarship

  • Established by Dr. & Mrs. Mark Reighard
  • Provides assistance to Sophomore-level music majors who are pursuing a concentration in piano
  • Awards are based on:
    [1] A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA with a 3.3 GPA in music courses, and
    [2] Active participation in programs and ensembles in the School of Music
  • Applicants must audition in the spring before a jury of piano faculty or by consensus from the piano faculty provided the candidate has shown mastery through recitals or jury procedures
  • For a listing of audition requirements, contact the SNU School of Music
  • Amount - $1,000

Rhodes, Nellie M. Memorial Scholarship – Keyboard

  • Established by Dr. Wanda Rhodes, daughter
  • Freshman not eligible to apply
  • Restricted to Music majors with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Amount varies

Robichaux Family Scholarship – Keyboard

  • Established and funded by Gayle A. Robichaux
  • Selected by audition by the SNU School of Music faculty
  • Preference for keyboard majors who excel in their studies but lack a broad exposure to classical or performance opportunities
  • Amount varies

Rosfeld, Prof. John Memorial – Keyboard

  • Established and funded by the friends and former students of Prof. John Rosfeld; Ken & Kim Rosfeld, son and daughter-in-law, and Dr. Marilyn Rosfeld, wife. 
  • Selected by audition by the SNU School of Music faculty based on piano proficiency
  • Amount varies

Schmidt, George G. Family Memorial Scholarship

  • Established and funded by E. Kaye Schmidt Jones
  • Restricted to upper-division students – Freshman not eligible
  • Applicants must be completing a degree in the SNU School of Music
  • Verifiable financial need
  • Amount varies

Schubert, Luginbhyl Myra Scholarship - Piano

  • Funded by Dr. Wanda Rhodes and friends
  • Restricted to upper-division students - Freshmen not eligible
  • Recipients shall be selected by the School of Music Scholarship Committee
  • Amount varies

Showalter, David & Karen Scholarship - Composition

  • Established and funded by David W. & Karen M. Showalter
  • Provides tuition assistance for students who demonstrate talent as "songwriters" and/or "performing artists"
  • Amount varies

Sides, Wilbur Family Scholarship - Church Music

  • Established by Wilbur & Virginia Sides, parents
  • 1st preference for students pursuing a “Music with Ministry” degree track
  • Any classification may apply
  • Amount varies

Stapleton, Twila S. Scholarship – Keyboard

  • Established and funded by Twila Mae Schmidt Stapleton
  • Provides private keyboard lessons for upper-division Music major or minors
  • Amount varies

Stroman, David H. & Velma L. Snowbarger Scholarship

  • Established and funded by Dr. Ken & Marva Stroman, son and daughter-in-law
  • Any classification, enrolled in a degree program in the SNU School of Music.
  • Amount varies

Oklahoma City Sorosis Philanthropic Club Scholarship

  • Established by the Sorosis Departmental Philanthropic Club of Oklahoma City
  • Provides awards to single marital status junior or senior year students, with a preference for females who are graduates of an Oklahoma high school
  • Recipients must be a "serious" student in the performing arts who are maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Award may be repeated
  • Amount varies

Strong, Roger & Ann Strings Scholarship

  • Established and funded by Dr. & Mrs. Roger Strong
  • Provides aid to gifted strings students participating in the SNU Strings Program
  • Eligibility is restricted to freshman music education majors with an emphasis in violin, viola, cello or string bass
  • Candidates must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0; with
    [1] a "rating" of 1 at District and State Music Contests during the high school senior year, or
    [2] having participated in their state's All-State Orchestra
  • Recipients must enroll is applied string lesson on their instrument, and in SNU's chamber orchestra and the full orchestra each semester they receive this scholarship
  • Renewal after the first semester required a minimum 3.0 GPA in their first semester music courses
  • Amount varies

Trimpa, Alta Memorial Scholarship

  • Established by the Estate of Alta Trimpa
  • Provides general scholarships for students pursuing a major or minor in music, or music education
  • Amount varies

Webster, Janie Music Scholarship – Keyboard or Organ

  • Established by Dale and Jane Webster
  • Provides awards for private piano or organ lessons to students who are dependents of full-time ministers in the Church of the Nazarene from the South Central Educational Region
  • Amount varies

Webster, Roy & Evelyn Scholarship

  • Established by Mrs. Evelyn Webster
  • Provides need-based awards to upper division music, or music education majors
  • Amount varies

White, Marilyn Dougharty Scholarship - Keyboard

  • Funded by Dr. Wanda Rhodes
  • Restricted to Junior or Senior-level students studying piano
  • Recipient shall be selected by the School of Music Scholarship Committee
  • Amount varies

Whitsett, Eleanor Scholarship – Organ

  • Established and funded by the family, friends and former students of Eleanor Whitsett, and Dr. L. Don Whitsett, husband
  • Provides private organ lessons for students pursuing a career in organ instruction or to increase their proficiency in performance or technique
  • Amount varies

Please note:  All scholarships are available only to traditional students in traditional programs unless otherwise specified.