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Endowments and Scholarships

The Lily Afshar Guitar Scholarship is awarded to a full time student enrolled in guitar performance. Non-Tennessee residents and foreign students may be eligible. Recipient must maintain a GPA of 3.0 and must demonstrate extreme financial need.

The Band Alumni Scholarship is awarded by the Band Alumni Chapter's Board of Directors to a candidate recommended by band faculty. The student must be a music major with a GPA of at least 2.5.

The Belle Melodies Scholarship Award is sponsored by St. Mary's Episcopal School in support of a Recording Technology student.

The Dean's Academic Achievement Award is available to a student majoring in a discipline within the College of Communication and Fine Arts. It recognizes the graduating student with the highest grade point average.

The Dean's Creative Achievement Award is based on outstanding creative activity in the areas encompassed by the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

The Joe D'Gerolamo Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in Jazz Studies. Recipient must demonstrate financial need as well as academic merit.

The James and Christopher Gholson Scholarship Fund is available for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Commercial Music or Woodwinds (music education or music performance). The award recipient(s) must meet the following criteria: must have evidence of financial need, must have evidence of musical talent and potential for success, and must visit the Tutoring Office and select a self-tutor, on-line or office guided program that best fits their general needs and select a means of documenting reading improvement that occurred from the beginning to the end of the school year in which the scholarship was awarded. Award recipients may reapply for additional awards in subsequent years provided they are in good academic standing, having a minimum GPA of 2.5, and meet the above criteria Applicants must write a three page essay that addresses the following:

  • The applicant's affinity for the needs of under-represented or under-served communities    
  • The importance of reading speed and comprehension and its relationship to music and academic success      
  • The applicant's commitment to enhancing their reading speed and comprehension

The Elba Gandy Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a deserving music student.

The Herbert Hermann Memorial Piano Scholarship is awarded to a pianist with an ACT of at least 20 or a 3.0 GPA. Auditions for jury board exams will be considered.

The Robert Kelley Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in Music Business. Recipient must be in the top 20% of his/her graduating class or have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The Douglas C. Lemmon Scholarship is available to a full time student enrolled at the University of Memphis and a study of trombone within the School of Music. The recipient must be in academic good standing and may receive this award for a maximum of four years if eligibility requirements are met

The Lubrani Clarinet Award/Music Memorial Fund Scholarship, given in memory of Professor Frederic Lubrani, is presented to a clarinetist for performance ability, general scholarship, service to the Music School, and potential in the profession.

The Raymond Lynch Oboe Award, established to recognize the distinguished career of the former oboe teacher and associate dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, Dr. Raymond Lynch, is given annually to an outstanding oboist.

The Ethel Taylor Maxwell Voice Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate applied voice major. Incoming freshmen must be in the upper quartile of their high school class and have demonstrated vocal talent.

The Memphis Gridiron: Berl Olswanger Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student in the College of Communication and Fine Arts with an interest in music.

The Sam Phillips Scholarship is awarded to a Music Business or Recording Technology student.

The Elvis Presley Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the College of Communication and Fine Arts. Recipient must demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

The Presser Scholarship is awarded to a music major of junior status. The award is given at the beginning of the student's senior year. The Presser Scholarship is awarded to a recipient for one year only.

The Charlie Rich Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the College of Communication and Fine Arts. Recipient must demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

The Elizabeth and Harold Robinson Scholarship may be awarded to students majoring in a discipline within the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (with an intent to teach) or the College of Communication and Fine Arts (Art, Music or Theatre). Preference may be given to students from the rural Mid-South and financial need may be a consideration. Robinson undergraduate scholars must have a minimum ACT score of 24.

The Santi Voice Scholarship is awarded to a vocal performance major with preference given to an opera program student. A recipient must have a minimum ACT score of 23, live in the Mid-South region and be a proven community leader.

The Clement Santi Memorial Music Scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in music. The recipient is selected by a committee.

The Smit Composition Award is presented in memory of Professor Johannes Smit for excellence in composition.

The Sound Fuzion Scholarships All members of Sound Fuzion receive full in-state tuition scholarships. Sound Fuzion auditions are held in April for the following academic year. Membership in the ensemble is open to any student of the University and requires a one-year commitment. For more information, call 901.678.3525.

The Harold Streibich Award, established in memory of Attorney Harold Streibich, recognizes an outstanding Music Business student.

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