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Scholarships and Awards

In addition to a generous array of GVSU academic scholarships and awards based on financial need, the Department of Music and Dance annually awards nearly $200,000 in talent scholarships to students in music and dance who show exceptional talent. Department of Music and Dance scholarships are awarded on the basis of achievement and potential in music and dance performance (by audition).

 
 
 

Dance Scholarships and Awards

Performance-Based Scholarships

Each year the GVSU Department of Music and Dance awards a few performance-based scholarships to incoming dance majors. Awards amounts generally range from $1000 to $4000 and are renewable up to a total of four years. Both entering freshmen and entering transfer students are eligible. The awards are based on achievement evaluated during auditions. Students with this award must participate in Dance Company, Ballet Technique, and Modern Technique classes each semester.


These scholarships may be combined with other awards, such as with university academic scholarships. New scholarship recipients will usually be notified by April 1. To have their scholarship renewed, recipients must maintain the highest possible level of dance performance, participate in the requisite major ensemble(s), and sustain a grade point average of at least 3.0.

 
 
 

Rebecca Volgesang Memorial Scholarship in Dance

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Upper Division Dance Scholarship

The Upper Division Dance Scholarship is an award of at least $1,000 with the intention of helping the student pay for tuition in the year of their capstone project. Applicants must be full-time dance majors. The recipient(s) will be chosen on the basis of academic achievement, professional promise in dance, and growth as an artist at GVSU. Requires a short essay on achievements and future goals in dance, a current transcript, and one of the following:

  • Performance of a solo (2-4 minutes)
  • Performance of original choreography (2-4 minutes)
  • Submission of a scholarly paper in dance (1000-3000 words)

Demonstration of financial need is not required, although should the top candidates have equal qualifications, financial need may be considered as the deciding factor. Candidates who wish financial need to be considered must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All materials must be submitted to the music and dance office with this application checklist. Performances will be observed and papers will be due in early April. Deadline for all other materials: March 1.  Students with this award must participate in Dance Company, Ballet Technique, and Modern Technique classes each semester.

 
 
 

Alexander Calder Honors Scholarship

The Alexander Calder Honors Scholarship is an award of at least $1,000 with the intention of helping the student pay for tuition in his/her final year at GVSU. Competition for the scholarship is open to students majoring in any discipline in the fine arts who have completed 54-96 credits. Students for this award will be nominated by faculty members from the Department of Music and Dance. Two music students and two dance students will be selected by the Scholarship Committee during the first week of February and these four students will go forward as our department's candidates.

Once notified of selection, the candidate must include the following:

1. A personal statement from the candidate explaining something of what his/her art means and what the candidate hopes that the audience will gain from that art. This personal statement should be 1-3 typed pages in length.

2. A current Grand Valley transcript.

3. At least three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member in the program nominating the candidate.

4. Supplemental materials (optional) may include, but are not limited to: concert programs, playbills, gallery notices, reviews, and video or audio recordings of performances. (Note: these materials will not be returned).

All materials must be submitted to the music office with this application checklistDeadline: March 31.

Note: The actual interview/audition for the Division-Wide Selection Committee will take place in early April.

For more information on Dance Scholarships, prospective students are invited to contact:
Professor Carrie Morris
(616) 331-8184
morrcarr@gvsu.edu


Music Scholarships and Awards

 
 
 

Performance-Based Scholarships

Each year the GVSU Department of Music and Dance awards numerous performance-based scholarships to incoming music majors and minors. Awards amounts generally range from $1000 to $4000 and are renewable up to a total of four years. Both entering freshmen and entering transfer students are eligible. The awards are based on achievement evaluated during auditions. Click the button below for this year's Audition Dates.
These scholarships may be combined with other music awards, such as ensemble participation awards, as well as with university academic scholarships. New scholarship recipients will usually be notified by April 1. To have their scholarship renewed, recipients must maintain the highest possible level of musical performance, participate in the requisite major ensemble(s), and sustain a grade point average of at least 3.0.


Audition Dates & Information

 

Edith Blodgett Piano Scholarships

Awards of $1,000 minimum are given to outstanding freshman pianists in either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music degree program. In addition to the department audition, a letter of recommendation from the private teacher is required.

Leslie Eitzen Voice Scholarship

Students awards are granted for vocal excellence by audition and are renewable up to a total of four years. A letter of recommendation from the current voice teacher is required and an overall G.P.A. Of 3.0 is required for renewal.

Gierst-Egler Awards

These awards are granted for participation in Concert Band or Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Awards are based on performance quality and ensemble need. Majors and non-majors are considered.

Branstrom Awards

These awards are given to outstanding musicians with special consideration given to pianists and singers. Awards are based on performance quality and ensemble need. Majors and non-majors are considered.

Margaret Ward Music Education Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time Bachelor of Music Education major with a 3.0 or higher GPA who has completed the Mid-Program Review and all core music courses prior to the semester in which the application is submitted. The recipient will be chosen on the basis of academic achievement, professional promise as a future educator based on an essay outlining educational/pre-professional goals for the coming school year, two letters of recommendation from the music faculty, and financial need. Students must have a current FAFSA, which demonstrates financial need, on file with the Financial Aid office. All materials must be submitted to the music office with this application checklistDeadline: March 1.

Arthur C. Hills Music Scholarship Awards

These awards are given to music majors (performers on a standard vocal, band, or orchestra instrument) to be used during the junior or senior year. Requires a letter of recommendation by the student's private instructor, a short essay on achievements and future goals in music, and an audition before the music department scholarship committee which will be held in early April. Applicants MUST provide their own pianist/collaborator. All materials must be submitted to the music office with this application checklistDeadline: March 1.

Upper Division Music Scholarships

These scholarships recognize achievement beyond the first year and encourage continuing excellence in performance. Applicants must be full-time music majors and have completed, or are in the process of completing, at least 30 credit hours. Winners are selected based on an audition for the Scholarship Committee, which is held in early April, as well as financial need. Applicants MUST provide their own pianist/collaborator. All materials must be submitted to the music office with this application checklist. Deadline: March 1.

Pamella and Daniel G. DeVos Musical Theater Scholarship

This scholarship is available to music students having at least 55 credit hours. The candidate must be a degree-seeking voice student or in the Bachelor of Arts in Dance program. Candidates must demonstrate their focus on and concentration in musical theater performance. They must carry a cumulate grade point average of 3.0 or greater (4.0 system) and must be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University and Department of Music and Dance. To be eligible for this award, transfer students must be accepted by Grand Valley State University and the Department of Music and Dance.

Marney Houseman MacAdam Endowed Voice Scholarship

This scholarship is available to undergraduate students having earned 55 credit hours or above.  Candidates must be accepted as degree-seeking students in Bachelor of Music Vocal Performance, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Arts in Music major curricula.  Candidates must demonstrate their focus on and concentration in vocal performance in an audition.  Candidates must carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater (4.0 system) and shall be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University and the Department of Music and Dance.  Demonstration of financial need is not required.  Transfer candidates must be accepted by Grand Valley State University, the Department of Music and Dance for enrollment, and recipients must be attending the University to be eligible to receive this scholarship.


Arts Scholarship

Alexander Calder Honors Scholarship

The Alexander Calder Honors Scholarship is an award of at least $1,000 with the intention of helping the student pay for tuition in his/her final year at GVSU. Competition for the scholarship is open to students majoring in any discipline in the fine arts who have completed 54-96 credits. Students for this award will be nominated by faculty members from the Department of Music and Dance. Two music students and two dance students will be selected by the Scholarship Committee during the first week of February and these four students will go forward as our department's candidates.

Once notified of selection, the candidate must include the following:

1. A personal statement from the candidate explaining something of what his/her art means and what the candidate hopes that the audience will gain from that art. This personal statement should be 1-3 typed pages in length.

2. A current Grand Valley transcript.

3. At least three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member in the program nominating the candidate.

4. Supplemental materials (optional) may include, but are not limited to: concert programs, playbills, gallery notices, reviews, and video or audio recordings of performances. (Note: these materials will not be returned).

All materials must be submitted to the music office with this application checklistDeadline: March 31.

Note: The actual interview/audition for the Division-Wide Selection Committee will take place in early April.

 
 
 

Additional Opportunities

Note: All students entering GVSU with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and a minimum ACT composite score of 23, receive an automatic $1,000 scholarship. They must have a complete application submitted to GVSU prior to December 31 to qualify. Further opportunities are open to honors students. For a comprehensive university-wide listing of scholarships and grants available to students, please go to www.gvsu.edu/scholarships.

Opportunities for employment through the Department of Music and Dance include student aides, ensemble librarians, and more. Check with ensemble directors for further information relative to these employment opportunities.

Most of these and additional employment opportunities are available through the Federal Work-Study Program, and the opportunities are generous to those who qualify (qualification is based upon financial need, determined by the FAFSA). The Department of Music and Dance engages a number of students under this program, but assignment is made from the Student Employment Office in the Student Services Building. The department can provide information about opportunities under this program. Phone: (616) 331-3484.

 
 
 

For further information on scholarships, prospective students are invited to contact: 
Charlyn Worthem
(616) 331-3484 
worthemc@gvsu.edu

 

For further information on audition appointments and procedures, prospective students are invited to contact:
Caitlin Cusack
(616) 331-3678
cusackc1@gvsu.edu

For information about academic scholarships and need-based aid scholarships, contact the director of Grand Valley's Office of Financial Aid, (616) 331-3234.