College of Fine Arts and Design

Scholarships

Scholarships

The following information will help you determine which scholarships are best suited to your needs. For more information, contact the Lori Alspaugh at (405) 974-3778 or email her at: lalspaugh@uco.edu. 

(1) The Brisch Family Music Outreach Scholarship
(2) Jan Pokorny Steele Endowed Piano Scholarship
(3) Peggy M. Spence Endowed Piano Scholarship
(4) Dr. Lon Dehnert & Pamela K. Green Choral Scholarship
(5) Dr. Jesse Webster Endowed Vocal Scholarship
(6) Allie A. Mitchell Music Theatre Scholarship
(7) Robert Glenn Rapp Scholar Incentive Award
(8) Robert Glenn Rapp Upper Level Music Award
(9) Jill Marderness Endowed Bassoon Scholarship
(10) Dr. Kent Kidwell Leadership in Music Award
(11) Dr. Melvin Lee Music Educator Scholarship Fund
(12) Kay Starr Music Scholarship
(13) Ralph Blaine Endowed Instrumental Scholarship
(14) Viola Bowmen Memorial String Scholarship
(15) Helen Heyde String Scholarship
(16) Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award


The Brisch Family Music Outreach Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: Established July 24, 2007 to provide financial assistance to students within the University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Music who are active participants in the Music Outreach program.

Qualifications: The scholarship is open to any student within the School of Music regardless of full or part time status or grade level. There is no grade point average (GPA) minimum requirement.
Requirements: The recipient(s) of this scholarship must be involved with the Music Outreach program at least once a month during the fiscal school year.

Additional Application Components: Please read the bio of Dr. Hans Brisch located on the following page and answer the questions below in essay form.
1. How have you helped and/or performed at elementary or secondary schools in the past?
2. How would receiving this scholarship impact your life as a future music educator?
3. How do you see your involvement in the Outreach Program influencing students in the chosen schools?
4. What inspired you to study music?

Hans Brisch
Educator, Husband, Father, Brother, Friend…
Dr. Hans Brisch was named the fourth Chancellor for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education on December 14, 1987. He is known for the courage, vision and strength he brought to the realm of higher education, often referring to his work through visual definition: “A classroom is four walls with a future inside.” As one of Oklahoma’s most respected leaders, he and his team ambitiously carried out the goal of providing higher education opportunities for Oklahomans, serving countless many in the name of “student success.”
Born in Germany in 1940, Dr. Brisch immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 and completed his high school and college education while supporting himself through work, scholarships and loans. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Park College in Political Science with a minor in chemistry, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas. Academic honors accorded Hans Brisch include Fulbright-Hays Fellow, University of Alabama Research Grant Award, Venice Seminar Fellow, Public Administrative Fellow, Seminar Fellow – University of Belgrade and NDFL Title VI Fellow.
During his career Dr. Brisch served as Chancellor for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kansas. Early in his career he taught at the University of Alabama, University of Nebraska, Nebraska Wesleyan University and served at the Illinois Board of Higher Education. He also served as the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Executive Assistant to the President, and Associate Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Nebraska, and Chief of Staff for Nebraska Governor Kay Orr.
Dr. Brisch was a member of numerous professional, academic and civic organizations and held positions of active leadership in many of them. Dr. Brisch passed away February 22, 2006, leaving his wife Margaret, their three children: Ellen, Matthew, and Megan, grandson Samuel and his sister Gisela Bridge.

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Jan Pokorny Steele Endowed Piano Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: Established March 28, 2005 to provide scholarship assistance to students studying piano in the School of Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Qualifications: The scholarship may be awarded to any student who is studying piano within the School of Music as a piano major. The recipient must maintain high academic standing (minimum GPA 3.0), a full-time student status of at least 12 credit hours (9 credit hours for graduate students), and meet all additional requirements.

Requirements: In addition to the academic qualifications listed above, the recipient must be actively involved in the School of Music through events, programs, and performances, and s/he must demonstrate leadership in the School of Music and its programs.

These funds are awarded at the discretion of the piano faculty, based on a student’s past performances or auditions, juries, and/or student recitals, and also based on the student’s academic record.

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Peggy M. Spence Endowed Piano Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: Established in December 2005 to provide scholarship assistance to students studying piano in the School of Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Qualifications: The scholarship may be awarded to any student who is studying piano within the School of Music as a piano major. The recipient must maintain high academic standing (minimum GPA 3.0), a full-time student status of at least 12 credit hours (9 credit hours for graduate students), and meet all additional requirements.

Requirements: In addition to the academic qualifications listed above, the recipient must be actively involved in the School of Music through events, programs, and performances, and s/he must demonstrate leadership in the School of Music and its programs.

These funds are awarded at the discretion of the piano faculty, based on a student’s past performances or auditions, juries, and/or student recitals, and also based on the student’s academic record.

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Dr. Lon Dehnert & Pamela K. Green Choral Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: Established August 20, 2007 to provide student enhancement within the University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Music through scholarships, student travel, and guest clinicians.

Qualifications: The scholarship may be awarded to any sophomore or above who is studying vocal music/vocal music education within the School of Music. The recipient must maintain high academic standing (minimum GPA 3.0), a full-time student status of at least 12 credit hours, and meet all additional requirements.

Requirements: In addition to the academic qualifications listed above, the recipient must be actively involved in the School of Music through events, programs, performances, and s/he must demonstrate leadership in the School of Music and its programs.

These funds are awarded at the discretion of the voice/choral faculty, based on a student’s past performances on auditions, juries, and/or student recitals, as well as the student’s academic record.

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Dr. Jesse Webster Endowed Vocal Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: Established April, 2006, to provide scholarship assistance to students studying voice in the School of Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Qualifications: The scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior majoring in vocal music (BM Performance, BME, or BM Music Theatre). The recipient must maintain high academic standing (minimum GPA 3.0), maintain a full-time student status of at least 12 credit hours and meet all additional requirements.

Requirements: In addition to the academic qualifications listed above, the recipient must be actively involved in the School of Music through events, programs, performances, and s/he must demonstrate leadership in the School of Music.

These funds are awarded at the discretion of the voice/choral faculty, based on a student’s past performances on auditions, juries, and/or student recitals, as well as the student’s academic record.

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Allie A. Mitchell Music Theatre Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: Established in January 2007 to provide scholarship assistance to the students within the University of Central Oklahoma.
Value and Duration: The Allie A. Mitchell Music Theatre Scholarship is valued and awarded at the faculty’s discretion. Multiple scholarship awards may be given as funds allow.

Qualifications: The scholarship may be awarded to any senior music theater major. The recipient must maintain high academic standing (minimum GPA 2.75), a full-time student status of at least 12 credit hours, and meet all additional requirements.

Additional Requirements: In addition to the academic qualifications listed above, the recipient must be actively involved in the School of Music through events, programs, and performances, and s/he must demonstrate leadership in the Music Theatre program.

These funds are awarded at the discretion of the music theater faculty, based on a student’s past performances on auditions, juries, and/or student recitals, as well as the student’s academic record.

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Robert Glenn Rapp Scholar Incentive Award

Scholarship Mission: Established December 14, 2004 to provide scholarship assistance to incoming freshman students within the University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Music.

Qualifications: The scholarship is open to any high school senior preparing to graduate with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 and an ACT score of 22 or above. Candidates must be Oklahoma residents and display a high level of artistry in their area of study.

Requirements: The recipient of this scholarship must maintain full-time enrollment (12 credit hours or more) each semester and continue to maintain at least an overall 3.0 GPA to receive the award in the following semester. The recipient will also be required to write a brief essay about any class and performance activities for each semester the scholarship is awarded. Copies of the essay will be sent to the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

Additional Application Components: Candidates chosen as finalists for this award will be asked to submit a final essay and participate in a scholarship interview.

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Robert Glenn Rapp Upper Level Music Award

Scholarship Mission: Established September, 2008, to provide scholarship assistance to a junior, senior, or graduate student within the University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Music.

Qualifications: The scholarship is open to any junior, senior, or graduate student within the University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Music with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0. Candidates must be Oklahoma residents and display a high level of artistry in their area of study.

Requirements: The recipient of this scholarship must maintain full-time enrollment each semester and continue to maintain at least an overall 3.0 GPA to receive the award in the following semester. The recipient will also be required to write a brief essay about a class, research, creative, or scholarly activity for each semester the scholarship is awarded. Copies of the essay will be sent to the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

Additional Application Components: Candidates chosen as finalists for this award will be asked to submit a final essay and participate in a scholarship interview.

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Jill Maderness Endowed Bassoon Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: Established in August 2008 to provide scholarship assistance to students studying bassoon in the School of Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Qualifications: The scholarship was established to be awarded to bassoon majors within the School of Music. The recipient must maintain high academic standing (minimum GPA 3.0), a full-time student status of at least 12 credit hours, and meet all additional requirements.

Requirements: In addition to participating in the UCO Symphony Orchestra and/or Wind Symphony, the recipient of this scholarship is required to participate in the Wind Chamber Music Program. He/she must make a contribution to the community as well, through outreach performances and presentations to area schools and organizations.

These funds are awarded based on yearly auditions and application packet materials. This scholarship may be awarded to the same recipient in consecutive years; however, the current recipient must re-apply.

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Dr. Kent Kidwell Leadership in Music Award

Scholarship Mission: Established July 2008 for a student demonstrating leadership in music.

Qualifications: Application forms and guidelines are available in the UCO Foundation Office, Evans Hall Room 102 or online.

Value and Duration: Value and Duration: $500 one time award

This application is due February 15th – 4pm in the Foundation Office, Evans Hall Room 104.

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Dr. Melvin Lee Music Educator Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Mission: Established May 2007 to provide scholarship assistance to a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student enrolled full-time. Student must be a music education major in the School of Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Qualifications: The scholarship may be awarded to a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student who has declared music education as their major in the UCO School of Music. The Recipient must maintain high academic standing (minimum GPA 3.25 overall), a full-time student status of at least 12 credit hours for undergraduate, 9 credit hours for graduate.

These funds are awarded by the music education faculty on the basis of personal recommendation and acceptable GPA. Do not submit an application for this scholarship – Recipient chosen by SOM faculty.

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Kay Starr Music Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: Established February 20, 1996 to provide scholarship assistance to the students within the University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Music studying vocal music.

Qualifications: The scholarship is open to a junior or senior majoring in vocal music (BM Performance, BME, or BM Music Theatre). The student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours, and maintain a 2.75 GPA.

Additional Requirements: In addition to the academic qualifications listed above, the recipient must be actively involved in the School of Music through events, programs, performances, and s/he must demonstrate leadership in the School of Music and its programs.

These funds are awarded at the discretion of the voice/choral faculty, based on a student’s past performances on auditions, juries, and/or student recitals, as well as the student’s academic record. Do not submit an application for this scholarship – Recipient chosen by SOM faculty.

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Ralph Blaine Endowed Instrumental Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: Established February 20, 1996 to provide scholarship assistance to students studying instrumental music in the School of Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. Traditionally, the Blaine scholarship has been awarded on a three-year rotation, so that a piano student, a wind/percussion student, and a string student would receive the award every third year.

Qualifications: The scholarship is open to any music major studying instrumental music within the School of Music regardless of classification. There is no grade point average (GPA) minimum requirement, although the recipient must maintain a full-time student status of at least 12 credit hours, and meet all additional requirements.

Requirements: In addition to the academic qualifications listed above, the recipient must be actively involved in the School of Music through events, programs, and performances, and s/he must demonstrate leadership in the School of Music and its programs.

These funds are awarded at the discretion of the instrumental faculty, based on a student’s past performances on auditions, juries, and/or student recitals, and also based on the student’s academic record. Do not submit an application for this scholarship – Recipient chosen by SOM faculty.

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Viola Bowmen Memorial String Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: Established circa 1985 to provide scholarship assistance to students studying a string instrument in the School of Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Qualifications: The scholarship is open to any student studying a string instrument within the School of Music regardless of major or classification. The recipient must maintain high academic standing (minimum GPA 3.0 in string-related classes, and 2.5 overall), a full-time student status of at least 12 credit hours, and meet all additional requirements.

Requirements: In addition to the qualifications listed above, the recipient must be actively involved in the School of Music String Division through events, programs, and performances.

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Helen Heyde String Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: Established in 1995 to provide scholarship assistance to students studying a string instrument in the School of Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Value and Duration: The value of the Helen Heyde String Scholarship varies based on the student’s ability and the needs of the UCO String Program. The award may be a one-time award or may be renewed at the discretion of the UCO String Faculty provided the recipient maintains all requirements and qualifications listed below.

Qualifications: The scholarship is open to any student studying a string instrument within the School of Music regardless of major or classification. The recipient must maintain high academic standing (minimum GPA 3.0 in string-related classes, and 2.5 overall), a full-time student status of at least 12 credit hours, and meet all additional requirements.

Additional Requirements: In addition to the qualifications listed above, the recipient must be actively involved in the School of Music String Division through events, programs, and performances.

There is no application process for this academic scholarship/award. These funds are awarded at the discretion of the string faculty, based on a student’s audition and on the student’s academic record. Do not submit an application for this scholarship – Recipient chosen by SOM faculty.

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Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award

The Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award is the top award given by the School of Music and is presented to an outstanding student majoring in music at or near the end of the student’s junior year. Students are nominated by members of the music faculty considering GPA, music achievements, and leadership qualities. The recipient is selected by secret ballot vote by the School of Music faculty.

Do not submit an application for this scholarship – Recipient chosen by SOM faculty.

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