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New Mexico State University
Department of Music
College of Arts & Sciences

Scholarships

All music scholarships and grants are administered through the performance areas. To be considered for a scholarship the student must perform an audition for a panel of no less than three Music faculty members.  One must be the director of his/her program area (band, choir, opera, orchestra, keyboard).  One must be the applied teacher of the student's principal instrument and the other must be a full-time Music faculty member from any area.  Specific audition information and requirements can be obtained through each performance area.

In order to have all paperwork processed before the beginning of the Fall semester, students are encouraged to have all scholarship and financial aid application materials in to the Office of Financial Aid by March 1.

The most up to date information on scholarships can be obtained from the Coordinator of Scholar Dollar$ in the office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences in Breland Hall.  

For more information on any of the following scholarships please call (575) 646-2421 or email music@nmsu.edu.

Audition requirements, by instrument, can be found on the Auditions page.

To schedule an audition, please contact one of the following:

Winds and Percussion: Debbie Peel, (575) 646-2304

Vocal: Suzanne Dueño, (575) 646-2067

Strings: Rena Crollett, (575) 646-2421

Keyboard: Dr. Laura Spitzer, (575) 646-2228

 

General Music Scholarships

RUTHENA C. KING MEMORIAL

Varying amounts annually for a student who is majoring or minoring in music.  If no music major is eligible, award may be made to student who will actively participate in a music program at NMSU.  The student will be required to maintain a 2.0 GPA. Recipient must be a resident of Otero County.  Apply to the Music Department.  Donated by friends of Mrs. King.

SARAH L. WOOTEN SCHOLARSHIP
Eligible candidates must be music majors with a minimum GPA of 2.5.  Donated by Ray Wooten.

VIVIEN B. HEAD SCHOLARSHIPS
Open to undergraduate music majors including incoming freshmen and transfers. Varying amounts annually to a full-time student pursuing a degree in music, art, or theatre arts.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have need of financial assistance to obtain an education, be of good moral attitude and character, have demonstrated ability and aptitude to pursue their chosen field, and must believe in the free enterprise system.  Applications are available in the spring from the Music, Art, or Theater departments.  Administered by Wells Fargo Bank, Las Cruces.

Instrumental Scholarships

J.B. FIRKINS BAND SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to a Deming High School band student who has demonstrated excellence as a high school band student and plays in the NMSU band both semesters of the freshman year.  Student must have a 3.0 GPA to apply and must maintain a 3.0 GPA to receive award for two semesters.  Apply to NMSU Director of Bands or the Deming High School Band Director.  Established by Bruce and Jan Firkins in memory of Jeffery.

PETE THORNBERRY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
An annual award to a student majoring in instrumental music.  Recipient must maintain at least 2.75 GPA and must be a U.S. citizen and resident of New Mexico.  Financial need is considered.  Donated by Bill Robertson, Citizens Bank.

SELL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Award recipient must be an instrumental music major and participate in a major ensemble.  Candidates are selected by the Academic Department Head of Music, the Director of Bands, and the Associate Director of Bands.  Established by Frederick W., Norma S, and Lisa M. Sell.

RAY TROSS AWARD FOR WOODWIND EXCELLENCE
Award recipient must play a woodwind instrument and be registered (both semesters) as a member of the University Bands.  Recipient must display exceptional playing proficiency on woodwind instruments and must enroll for private studio lessons at NMSU in addition to being a member of the University Bands.  Established by friends, family, and students of Ray Tross.

ELEANOR WARD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
A freshman recipient may be selected to receive the scholarship on a continuing basis as long as he/she plays in the Pride of New Mexico Marching Band.  The selection committee may elect to award one or more scholarships as may be satisfied from the income of the fund per semester or per year.  A recipient may receive this scholarship in the spring semester, even though the Pride of New Mexico Marching Band does not meet during that term.  The student, however, must be participating in an instrumental ensemble during the spring semester.  Established by Jack Ward.

DAN YABUMOTO “UP AN 8VA” MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Award recipient must be a trumpet student who is majoring in music and exhibits extraordinary dedication and work ethic to achieve high performance skills on the trumpet.  The recipient mus earn the respect of colleagues and professors by being an example that all strive to achieve.  Established by friends and family of Danny Yabumoto.

ESTALINE AND WALTER NATIONS SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to a female band student in the even years and a sophomore Agriculture student in the odd years.

GODFREY MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
Varying amounts for a student musician who performs with the Jazz Ensemble.  Selection based on talent, scholastic achievement, and need.  Donated by Thelma G. Godfrey.

String Scholarships

LAS CRUCES SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION PERFORMANCE STIPENDS
Varying amounts for string musicians who will perform with the Las Cruces Symphony at NMSU.  Applied study on the instrument is required.  Apply to Director of the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra.  Funded by the Las Cruces Symphony Association.

ISABEL RUTTER ENDOWMENT
Full tuition to a music student studying violin.

TESTORE CELLO SCHOLARSHIP
This $2,000 award goes to a student studying cello.  Students must send a letter of interest by December 15 to the cello professor.  Applicants will then be selected for an audition and interview.  Donated by Paul Thomas and Judith Scott and named for Mr. Thomas’ Testore cello.

 

Piano Scholarships

LARRY MCGEHEE MEMORIAL PIANO SCHOLARSHIP
Varying amounts each year for a U.S. citizen who is an undergraduate majoring in piano.  Apply to Office of Student Financial Aid by March 1.  Donated by the family and friends of Larry McGehee.

 

Choral Scholarships

 For information regarding choral scholarships, visit the NMSU Choirs Website.