The Hayes School of Music offers music majors opportunities for financial aid in addition to those offered by the University Scholarship, contracts are awarded in the spring, prior to the academic year in which the scholarship is in effect. Unless stated otherwise, awards are renewable through the ninth semester, including the semester of the student teaching experience or music industry internship. All scholarships may require recipients to participate in two ensembles on their major instrument or voice.
Recipients of all music scholarship must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 each semester in which an award is held. This is not a cumulative GPA, but a semester GPA. If a student makes below 2.75, he/she is placed on one semester of probation, in which the GPA of that semester must be above a 2.75. The cumulative GPA might still be under 2.75 at this point, but the scholarship will be maintained provided each semester thereafter is 2.75 or above. During or after the probation semester, if the GPA for a particular semester is under 2.75, the scholarship will be revoked. For single-year scholarships (Will Hester, Pedigo, Cratis Williams, etc.) a previous cumulative GPA of 2.75 is not necessary for consideration, but must be maintained while a recipient. The student receives the same right to a probationary semester, but should the semester of probation not meet a 2.75, then the student will not be eligible for consideration of any further scholarship funds.
Student's may not hold two music awards simultaneously, and the total of all awards from Appalachian may not exceed the cost of tuition, room, and board. North Carolina Teaching Fellows may not hold an additional award. Students will be credited with awards at the beginning of each semester. Failure to meet contract requirements will result in permanent revocation of the award. If contract requirements are not met for a semester in which the award is presented, all or a portion of the award will be removed from the student's account. Removal of scholarship money from a student's account may result in a balance owed on the account. Inquiries concerning complete details of scholarship requirements or other music scholarship concerns should be addressed to Dr. Jay Jackson, Associate Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Endowed Scholarships (determined by audition upon acceptance into the School of Music)
- The Hayes Graduate String Quartet Click here for information
- The Hayes Young Artist Scholarship Click here for more information
The Hayes Young Artist Scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman music major on the basis of exceptional talent and performance ability. The award is for $5000 and is renewable for three additional years. The scholarship is funded by the Hayes School of Music.
- The Elmer and Lynn White Scholarship
The Elmer and Lynn White Scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman wind performer on the basis of exceptional talent and performance ability. The award is for $3000 and is renewable for three additional years. This scholarship was established by Elmer and Lynn White, Professors Emeriti of the Hayes School of Music.
- The AppalPIE Scholarships
The APPALachian Partners In Education (AppalPIE) Scholarships are awarded to entering freshman music majors. The awards are for $2500 per year, renewable to four years. These scholarships are supported by contributing friends of the Hayes School of Music who "adopt" a music student during the undergraduate experience.
- The Arthur Unsworth Scholarship
In recognition of Dr. Arthur Unsworth, former Dean of the Hayes School of Music, the Unsworth Scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman music major on the basis of exceptional talent and performance ability. The award is presently $1500 and is renewable for three additional years.
- The Dorothy Frazee Thomas Scholarship in Strings
Scholarship up to $2000 each are available to music majors whose principal instrument is violin, viola, cello, or bass and who offer evidence of scholastic achievement and professional promise. The awards are renewable.
- The Pedigo Music Scholarship in Voice
Scholarships of $1000 are awarded to a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate voice major who demonstrates talent and financial need. The awards are renewable by audition
- The Elsie Erneston Music Scholarship in Voice
A scholarship of up to $1100 is awarded to an entering freshman music major whose principal area of study is voice and who offers evidence of scholastic achievement and professional promise. The award is renewable
- The Nicholas Erneston Music Scholarship in Strings
A scholarship of up to $1100 is awarded to an entering freshman music major whose principal area of study is violin, viola, cello, or bass and who offers evidence of scholastic achievement and professional promise. The award is renewable.
- Paris Weathers Scholarship
A scholarship of $1000 is awarded to an undergraduate music major whose area of study is violin, viola, cello, or bass and who offers evidence of scholastic achievement and professional promise. The award is renewable
- John F. Konen Scholarship
A scholarship of $1000 is awarded to an undergraduate music major whose area of study is trumpet and displays a serious interest in the field of jazz. Additionally, evidence of scholastic achievement is required. The award is renewable.
- Philip and Lorna Paul Scholarship
Recently established and endowed, this scholarship award will be no less that $500 and will be awarded to a member of the Appalachian Mens Glee Club whose is enrolled for more than one year.
- Eleanor Starbuck Scholarship
Established in 2000, this scholarship award is presently $800 and is awarded to a junior or senior music major who demonstrates exemplary scholastic achievement and professional promise.
- Edna Doll Scholarship
Established in 2000, this scholarship award is presently $500 and is awarded to a music education major who demonstrates, at the time of audition, scholastic achievement and professional promise.
- Patricia Nuckols Fallon Memorial Scholarship for Saxophone Studies
Established in 2003, this scholarship is given to a student, in any music degree program, whose major instrument is saxophone. The award is renewable.
- Lee Welker Memorial Annual Music Scholarship
Established in 2005, this scholarship of $1000 is given to a student, in any music degree program, who demonstrates musical excellence and achievement and who demonstrates financial need. The award is renewable.
- Franz Merrell Memorial Scholarship for Trumpet Studies
Established in 2000, this scholarship is presently $500 and is awarded to a student, in any music degree program, whose major is trumpet and has demonstrated exceptional achievement in both trumpet study and performance. The award is renewable.
Single Year Awards (determined by nomination and vote of the Hayes School of Music faculty)
- Music Therapy Intern Scholarship
Scholarship awards ($1000) are presented to selected senior music therapy majors based on academic and clinical excellence in music therapy.
- The William Presser Scholarship
A n award of $4000 is presented to a rising senior who shall be known as the Presser Scholar. The award is based on merit and excellence. A separate award is made each year.
- The Will Hester Music Scholarship
A scholarship of up to $3000 is awarded to a junior or senior music major (with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA) to recognize intelligence, creativity, originality, and talent. The scholarship may be renewed for a second year.
- The Cratis Williams Music Scholarship
Scholarship awards ($1000) are presented to juniors, seniors, or graduate music students or a person pursuing a degree program with an emphasis in the music of Appalachia. Preference is given to students with an interest in Appalachian Music or an interest in teaching in the Appalachian region.
- The B.G. (Bill) McCloud Scholarship in Music Education
Created in 2003, and in memory of former Department Chair and colleague Bill McCloud, this scholarship of $1500 is awarded to a rising senior music education major who has demonstrated exemplary achievement in both academic and musical pursuits. Awarded by the Music Education faculty, this recipient has expressed and demonstrated a passion for music education and intends to enter the teaching profession.
Hayes School of Music Unrestricted Endowment Awards (determined by audition upon acceptance into the Hayes School of Music)
- School of Music Honor Scholarships
Scholarships of up to $2000 are presented to freshmen or transfer music majors on the basis of talent, academic achievement, creativity, and need. The recipient must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.3 or be in the upper 25% of their graduating class, or be able to demonstrate a high level of performance skill in music, and demonstrate a maturity, aptitude, and quality of character which projects a high probability of excellence in artistic/and or scholastic endeavor in a university setting.
- Music Talent Awards/Good Student Awards
The Hayes School of Music offers a number of awards of variable amounts that are available to students majoring in music. Out-of-state recipients may also be eligible for partial tuition waivers. Application is by audition with a member of the Appalachian Music faculty. Talent awards may be renewed through the student's ninth semester of college enrollment and will be presented during the semester of student teaching (provided that semester falls within the ninth semester). Talent awards are not available to students who are receiving another large award, whether granted by the University or the Hayes School of Music.
Marching Band Awards
- Jeni Gray Memorial Scholarship
Established by Appalachian Band Alumni, this scholarship (ranging from $250-$500) is awarded to upperclass undergraduates whose membership in the Marching Mountaineers exceeds two years. The award is not renewable
- Stephen & Joanne Williams Marching Band Scholarship
Established by alumnae Stephen & Joanne Williams, this scholarship of approximately $850 is awarded to an Junior or Senior member of the Marching Band whose dedication, loyalty, and musicianship, is exemplary.