Scholarships

Solo PerformanceCurrent and prospective students are eligible to apply for academic scholarships, federal student aid, and work-study campus employment through the Lander University Office of Financial Aid. The Department of Music actively recruits student musicians whose talent and need qualify them for scholarships specific to music. Students are strongly encouraged to seek out and to take advantage of scholarship monies which may be available from a variety of sources, including local, state, and federal entities.

Scholarships are awarded on a renewable or non-renewable basis to full-time students who hold the requisite grade point average. Other scholarship criteria may also apply.

Application Process

Music Application CoverProspective music majors, music minors, and ensemble participants must audition before the music faculty to demonstrate performing abilities, knowledge of music theory fundamentals, and overall music potential. Students pursuing the music major are given priority in the scholarship awarding process.

Musicians should submit the Lander Music Scholarship Application and Audition Registration Form, accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a music professional, at least one week prior to their chosen audition date. Though it is possible to audition without having been accepted to Lander, the awarding of scholarships will not occur until a student is officially admitted to the university.

Questions about audition procedures may be directed to:
Dr. Anthony Lenti, audition coordinator, at 864-388-8349 or tlenti@lander.edu,
or to Dr. Lila Noonkester, chair of the Department of Music, at 864-388-8348 or lnoonkes@lander.edu.

Scholarships Include:

  • Piano RecitalAlumni Departmental Scholarship-Musicthe Lander University Alumni Association provides departmental scholarships each year for students with academic ability and financial need.
  • Arrington-Rhodes Scholarship – awarded annually to entering freshmen majoring in music with an emphasis in organ. Preference will be given to a Greenwood County resident. The scholarship will continue as long as the student maintains a 3.0 GPR.
  • Bix Beiderbecke Scholarship – to be given to a married, non-traditional, returning music major in education with emphasis on trumpet and music education. Preference is to be given to participants in the Faculty Brass Quintet.
  • Eula Caudle Bracknell Scholarship – two scholarships to be awarded per semester to music majors whose chosen performing instrument is piano.
  • Carol Brown Scholarship – rotates between the three disciplines of art, business, and music. The scholarship is awarded to students emphasizing the study of business administration, visual art, and piano.
  • Carillonneur – awarded to a student who possesses experience with carillons or who expresses an interest in maintenance of Lander’s Old Main Tower carillon.
  • Lenna Hall Clifford Scholarship – awarded to a deserving music major in the senior year only who will have had, upon graduation, completed four years of performance in the department of music. The senior student’s chosen and performing instrument must be piano or violin.
  • Fine Arts Scholarship – awarded to students in art, music, theatre and dance.
  • Fay Maria Mitchell Hart Choral Music Scholarship – awarded annually from fund income to a freshman or transfer student who is majoring in choral public school music with an emphasis in voice, piano, or organ. This scholarship is for growth in public school choral music only. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years, provided the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPR or better.
  • Fay Maria Mitchell Hart Music Education Scholarship – awarded annually from fund income to a freshman majoring in music education. The scholarship will be renewable, provided the student remains a music education major and maintains a B average in all courses.
  • Thomas L. and Ann Mason Hutto Scholarship – awarded to junior or senior voice emphasis students, based on grade point average in music courses and professional potential, upon the recommendation of the music faculty.
  • Susan Pope Justesen Music Scholarship – awarded from fund income to a full-time student majoring in music with preference given to music education majors. The music faculty will make selection of the recipient. The scholarship is renewable, provided the recipient remains a full-time music major and maintains a 3.0 GPR.
  • Pete G. Kerhoulas Music Scholarship – awarded to en entering freshman on the basis of character and academic record. The recipient must be a deserving student, not necessarily one in financial need. The student must be either a music major or one who possesses musical abilities.
  • Lenti-Wydra Scholarship – awarded annually from fund income to keyboard students based on talent and financial need. 
  • Roberta and Janie Craig Major Scholarship – awarded annually to rising junior piano majors with a GPR of 3.0 or above. The scholarship will continue for the senior year, provided the GPR is maintained. 
  • John G. and Jayne B. McElrath Scholarship – awarded to an incoming freshman or transfer music student interested in performance. Recipient will be selected by the music faculty. The scholarship is renewable, provided the recipient maintains at least a 2.5 GPR.
  • Clara Bailey Robeson Scholarship – awarded annually from fund income to a full-time student majoring in music with an emphasis in voice who demonstrates financial need. The music faculty will make their selection, based on the promise in the major. The scholarship is renewable, provided the recipient maintains status as a full-time student majoring in music with an emphasis in voice and earns a 3.0 GPR.
  • Suzanne Lander Stone Scholarship – awarded annually from fund income to an incoming student who has demonstrated outstanding abilities and a strong commitment to the profession of music. The recipient must be a full-time music major. The scholarship can be renewed at the discretion of the music faculty.
  • Nat F. White Instrumental Music Scholarship - awarded annually to a member of the Lander University Wind Ensemble or Jazz Ensemble. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of performance ability, and the recipient need not be a music major. The recipient will be selected by the instrumental music faculty.
  • Richard L. Wilkins Instrumental Music Scholarship – awarded annually to member(s) of the Lander University Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble on the basis of performance ability. The recipient(s) need not be a music major and will be selected by the instrumental music faculty.
  • Young/Beaudrot Music Scholarship – for members of the congregation of Greenwood First Baptist Church. The church will ask for assistance with the identification of students when additional funds are available. A copy of the application form is on file in University Advancement and in the Department of Music.