What scholarships are offered for music majors and non-majors?

The Department of Music offers several generous scholarships for music majors, as well as some for non-majors.  All music scholarships are awarded based on an audition process.   For most students the audition for admission into the the music program serves also as a scholarship audition.  Non-majors must schedule a scholarship audition.  See below for specifics regarding this scholarship and others offered by the Department.

Music Program Scholarship
These scholarships have been made available through the generosity of donors. They are offered based on talent, personal need, and the needs of the Music Program.  Recipients of these scholarships

Housing Grant
This award is equivalent to 90-100% of the cost of the current residence hall room rate based on double occupancy. They are offered based on talent, personal need, and the needs of the Music Program.

Marching Hilltoppers Scholarship
Scholarships will be awarded to every member accepted into the ensemble!  The most popular music scholarship offered for all students, regardless of major is given through the Marching Hilltoppers. West Liberty is the only institution in the United States that offers a scholarship for every member of the marching band!  Scholarships are awarded based on the system below. Click Here for more information about the Marching Hilltoppers.

  • Instrumental music-majors $1,000/year
  • Other music-majors $800/year
  • Non-majors $750/year
  • Crew members (Non-performing members) $500/year
  • Leadership positions and 3rd/4th-year returning members receive a scholarship enhancement

Donald S. and Mary Anne Bruno Education Scholarship (in cooperation with the College of Education)
This one-time scholarship (award amount $2000.00) is for a rising sophomore majoring in elementary education or music education.

Minimum Requirements for Consideration:
1. The student should be a top sophomore elementary or music education major.
2. The student must demonstrate a commitment to the teaching profession and intend to enter the profession upon completion of undergraduate or graduate study.
3. The student must demonstrate strong academic performance, college and community activities, and financial need.

Alfred R. de Jaager Choral Scholarship
This award is offered to a student entering with a music-related major. The student must have achieved at least a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA, and a minimum score of 20 on the ACT or 950 on the SAT.

Edna M. Goodnight Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a music major with an emphasis in piano. Other factors that may be considered include talent, scholarship, need, and character.

Dr. Edward C. Wolf Scholarship
Students may apply for this scholarship by submitting a letter to the Chairman of the Department of Arts & Communications during the second semester of their freshman year. Recipients must have and maintain a 3.5 GPA and be declared a music major. Preference will be given to students who play a brass instrument.

William and Lee Abraham Scholarship
Awarded every four years to a deserving High School senior who has passed the Music Program Audition and is, or will be, enrolled in a music-related major at West Liberty.

Donald Pahl Scholarship
Awarded every four years to a deserving Music Education major. Preference will be given to individuals who play brass instruments.

To inquire about Scholarships, please contact Dr. Matthew Harder, Chair, Department of Music and Theatre:[email protected]