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Music Department Scholarships

How to Apply

Music Department scholarships are awarded based on talent, need, and the needs of the department. There are several general scholarships as well as scholarships awarded to specific areas. These awards are assigned based on individual qualifications.

Incoming Students

For incoming students, your application to and audition for the CWU Music Department is also your application for partial and full tuition music scholarships.

  • Peggy Schaake Scholarships
    Each year, through the generosity of Peggy Schaake and the College of Arts and Humanities, the music department awards a number of scholarships that cover tuition for the first two years of study at CWU. These awards are the largest presented by the department. These are the music department’s top awards and are available for outstanding, talented incoming music students. Currently, the department is looking to award these scholarships to students in the following areas. Although we are looking for these specific talents, we will always consider talent in any musical area as top priority.
    • double reed (oboe, bassoon)
    • clarinet
    • french horn
    • alto voice
    • tenor voice


  • Jazz In the Valley Scholarship

The Board of Jazz In The Valley has established a monetary scholarship for the benefit of graduating high school student and transfer students wishing to pursue music studies at Central Washington University, with an emphasis in jazz performance and study.

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*The CWU Music Department has a number of scholarship funds available for incoming students and uses your application materials to make awards.


Returning Students

For returning students, submit a letter to the CWU Music Scholarship Committee addressing your financial need and record of accomplishment while at CWU.

  • Presser Foundation Scholarship
    These funds are awarded to the department annually by the Presser Foundation. In the spring of each year, the faculty chooses an outstanding junior, going into his or her senior year, to receive this award for the following year.
  1. The current award amount is $4,200
  2. The basis for selection is upon scholastic merit, achievement, and contribution to the Music Department.
  3. To apply: write a letter to the CWU Music Department Scholarship Committee (Nikolas Caoile, chair). The letter should include: the number of quarters you've been enrolled at CWU as a music major, your present major, a brief summary of your career goals, a list of memberships and offices held in student organizations, a list of participation in ensembles and other performing groups, your overall GPA, and your department GPA. 
  4. Dealdline for the application is May 2, 2016. Submit your application to the Music Office. The winner will be announced at the final convocation, May 23, 2016. 


  • Gallucci Music Scholarship
    The Gallucci Scholarship is awarded annually by the department to an Elementary Music Education major. In the spring of each year, the faculty chooses an outstanding student to receive this award for the following academic year.

The CWU Music Department has a number of scholarship funds available for returning students and uses your application materials to make awards.


External Scholarships*

*This scholarships is not distributed by the Department of Music. Please see the website for deadlines, requirements, and eligibility.

C. Farrell Fine Arts and Research Scholarship

This scholarship is available to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students at Central Washington University who are pursuing a fine arts project in Art, Music, Theatre, or Creative Writing. Please see their website for more information.

General CWU Scholarships

These are awards available to all CWU Students without regard to major. Deadlines for applications occur in early spring, so apply early to ensure consideration for these awards.

The Department of Music at Central Washington University
is an accredited institutional member of the
National Association of Schools of Music.

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