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List of Music-Related Scholarships

 
Scholarships described below are available to non-music majors as well as to those majoring in music unless indicated otherwise. Please see criteria for each scholarship for exceptions.
 
The Chuck and Stella Royce Music Scholarship (Music Majors Only)

Who qualifies? Financial assistance will be offered annually to undergraduate students who are outstanding music majors and participate in the concert band and/or chorus.  To be eligible, applicants must be undergraduate students with a 3.5 GPA in their music classes.  Incoming students will also be considered for this scholarship when it is available. Mr. and Mrs. Royce have supported music and the arts in Grand Rapids for many years.  Because of their personal experience with music as children, they have especially encouraged performing arts programs oriented towards young people.  Mrs. Royce was a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus.  Mr. Royce has been a leader of the Rolls Ringer Company, a family owned manufacturing company established by his father in 1925. Qualified recipients will receive a minimum of $1,000. Established in May 2006, this scholarship is renewable.

 

The Maxine G. Hattem Memorial Music Scholarship (Music Majors Only)

Who qualifies? Aquinas College students pursuing a major in music with a preference in piano and organ. To be eligible, applicants must be undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Incoming students will also be considered for this scholarship when it is available. Mrs. Maxine Hattem was a well known musician in the Grand Rapids area for more than fifty years. Her playing engagements included Hattem's Restaurant, a prominent dining establishment owned by her late husband, Moses Hattem. Maxine developed an interest in music as a young child. She began playing organ at her church and later performed with well known groups such as Spike Jones, Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey, and singers Vic Damone, Dick Hayne and the Ink Spots. She also formed and led an all girl band and toured on the East Coast. Maxine played at various locations in the community including the Pantlind Hotel, Amway Grand Plaza and Hudson's Department Store. She was the pianist at the weekly Grand Rapids Lions Club meetings, Cascade Hills Country Club and many local retirement communities. Maxine was the organist and member of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church. Mrs. Hattem passed away in July, 2006. Qualified recipients will receive a minimum of $1,000 for full-time students.  Established in August 2006, this scholarship is renewable.

 
Betty Helen Weiss Cohan Piano Prize in Honor of Sister Mary Thomas McNamara (Music Major Only)
Description: This monetary award is made to a graduating senior music major in the Aquinas College Music Department who has exceptional piano ability.  The overall GPA must be a minimum of 3.0 at the time of graduation.  The Piano Prize was established to honor the namesake’s memory of the great affection and respect for the teachers at the Sacred Heart Academy, an Aquinas College predecessor institution, and must be used to assist the recipient in the furtherance of their musical goals. Qualifying students must submit a current Resume and a Letter of Application to the Music Faculty expressing their dedication to pursuing goals as a pianist.  Should there be no well qualified candidates in a given year, the funds will remain in the endowment until the following year.  The first award was made in the spring of 2010, as a check in the amount of $1,000 upon graduation.
 
Audrey E. Mohler Scholarship
Who qualifies? Any full-time Aquinas College student majoring in music. Preference will be given to a music major with an emphasis in piano education or performance. To be eligible for renewal, recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. and be a declared music major. Applications and video tapes are due in February for the following academic year. Amount of Award: minimum of $1,500 to top recipients. Many partial awards are also made.
 
Bennie Carew Memorial Jazz Scholarship
Who qualifies? Full time students at Aquinas who maintain at least a B average. Must be enrolled in either the Afternoon Jazz Ensemble or the Vocal Jazz Ensemble for credit. Amount of award is determined by amount in scholarship fund at time of the award. Two awards maximum. Students are evaluated on musicianship, leadership and attitude in the ensemble setting. Recommendations for the scholarship are made by the Jazz Ensemble directors with the approval of the Music Department Chairperson and Music Department faculty. The awards are usually announced at Spring Jazz Night.
 
Chopin Award
Who qualifies? Outstanding graduating senior with piano as a major instrument for degree in music. This award is in the form of a certificate of recognition. The student will also have his/her name engraved on a plaque which is displayed in the Music Department.
 
Darlene Gray Music Scholarships
($500) for up to two students per year, was created by Richard Gray, in memory of his wife, Darlene Gray, a professional performer, teacher, and Aquinas College student. She returned to college to study for a degree in music performance in voice, but was unable to attain this goal because of her untimely death. The scholarship is funded by friends, family, former students, and her husband Richard Gray. Award selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid in consultation with the Chair of the Music Department. These scholarships are available to undergraduate Continuing Education students who are pursuing a major or minor in music and has a minimum high school grade point average of 2.5, and carries a minimum of 3.0 grade point average or higher at Aquinas College. Partial awards may also be made.
 
Dr. R. Bruce Early Jazz Studies Scholarship
Who qualifies? Any full-time undergraduate student at Aquinas College, engaged in Jazz Studies, with a view toward performance excellence in obtaining a degree. Award recipients other than Jazz Studies specialists will be selected at the discretion of the music faculty. Student must be in good overall academic standing the first year, and must carry a minimum of 3.0 GPA within the major. The awardees are eligible for an annual renewal up to three years. Bring a completed scholarship application to the audition, or give to the Department Chair by February 1st of the preceding academic year. Amount of award: maximum of $1,000. Partial awards may also be made as funds are available.
 
Eugene Hopkins Scholarship
Who qualifies? A full-time music student with Piano as their major instrument. This award is named for Professor Emeritus Eugene Hopkins, and is supported by friends, alumni and the family of pianist and composer, Mr. Hopkins. This scholarship is automatically renewable for the recipient(s) who maintain good standing as a Music major, and GPA of 2.5. Amount of award: depends on the amount in the fund at the time of the award (fund minimum of $500). Initial recipient(s) were awarded scholarships in 2003-2004, and shared the award of $750.
 
Mary Jane Kirchgessner Band/Chorus Scholarships
Who qualifies? A full-time student in College Band and one in College Chorus who have high recommendations from their high school instructors, and plan to participate for credit in the band or chorus throughout their college career. This scholarship is automatically renewable for the recipients who maintain an "A" in the band or chorus. Amount of award: maximum of $500 per year.
 
Ernest T. Kretschmer Scholarships
Who qualifies? Any Aquinas student (full or part time) who is studying voice or an instrument with an approved Aquinas instructor for credit. It is a requirement that scholarship recipients participate in a Music Department ensemble for credit during the semester the scholarship is in effect. Amount of award: $200-$400 which will go toward the private lesson fees for the year. Multiple awards are made. New students may audition early in the fall. Check with Department for exact date. Audition: Selection of recipients who are returning students will be based upon faculty recommendation at the completion of juries in spring.
 
Margaret Bailey Osborn Scholarship for Excellence in Music (Music Majors Only)
Who qualifies? Junior or continuing senior music students completing either a Bachelor of Music degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree. Amount of award: This scholarship will be determined by the amount of money available from the interest in the endowment fund, (approximately $500). One award, maximum. Music Department faculty will evaluate students. Faculty will consider the following areas: level of musicianship, scholarship, and leadership. The recipient will be announced at Student Recital Night in the Spring. A qualified student may be asked by the Department Chairperson to submit a written statement indicating his/her short and long range goals as well as comments made in support of why he/she is qualified to receive this award.
 
Sister Henry Suso Lerczak General Music Scholarship (Music Majors Only)
Who qualifies? Full time Freshman who are pursuing either a Bachelor of Music degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music and who are maintaining at least a B average in the major. Amount of award: Determined by the amount in scholarship fund at the time of the award, (between $200 and $500), One award, maximum. Students are evaluated by music faculty on musicianship, scholarship, leadership, and attitude. Winner or winners are usually announced at Student Recital Night in the spring.
 
Sister Emmanuel and Sister Evangelista Music Scholarships
Who qualifies: To be eligible, a pianist must have a minimum high school grade point average of 2.5. Scholarship renewals are automatic provided awardees continue to demonstrate financial need and carry a minimum of 3.0 GPA or higher at Aquinas College. A qualified piano student may be asked by the Department Chairperson to submit a written statement indicating his/her short and long range goals as well as comments made in support of why he/she is qualified to receive this award. The scholarship was established in 1982 with funds made available by Mr. Kretschmer in memory of his music instructors at Aquinas College, Sister Emmanuel and Sister Evangelista to students studying piano. Dedicating their lives to serving God through their religious vocation, they inspired others through their music instruction.
 
For more information concerning these awards, contact the Music Department Chair, Barbara McCargar, at (616) 632-2417 or e-mail: mccarbar@aquinas.edu.