Important items to keep in mind

1.) The School of Music should prioritize scholarships for music majors.  Unless your area needs enrollment, please save any offers to music minors and non-majors for the second round of letters.

2.) For extraordinary circumstances, the University Scholarship Office will allow the School of Music to offer a limited number of scholarships over the amount of full tuition.

3.) Undergraduate scholarships are flat amounts.  Please don’t use the “full” or “half” labels when discussing the amount with students/parents.  It creates confusion if the student registers for more credits than the “full” scholarship covers.

4.) Graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships should also be thought of as “flat” awards.  If possible, please try to refrain from using the “full” and “half” labels and just discuss them as “assistantships” and “tuition scholarships” that are based on the responsibilities assigned and compensation given.  No student wants to get “half” of what someone else received.

What are the undergraduate scholarship requirements?

The scholarship recipient will:

a.) Participate in two activities and/or ensembles as assigned.
b.) Participate in the applied area that has awarded the scholarship.
c.) Participate in required auditions for ensemble placement at the beginning of each semester.
d.) Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 with no two successive semesters that fall below 2.0 regardless of cumulative GPA.
e.) A grade of “B” or higher must be earned in applied lessons and assigned ensembles and all other music courses must be passed with a grade of “C-“ or better.
f.) Continue to be a full-time student.
g.) Be required to study privately.

Renewal of the award may be automatic for up to four years and contingent upon the type of degree program, availability of funds, and maintenance of all criteria listed here and on the contract. This scholarship is conditioned on a student’s declared degree concentration at the time of admission.

In accepting this scholarship from the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, I agree to the requirements and conditions listed on this Agreement. I understand that there is a mutual commitment on the part of myself and the institution, and I understand and agree that after May 1 of the calendar year of matriculation, I will not consider any other offer from a member of the National Association of Schools of Music for the upcoming academic year except with the express written consent of the Director of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, as stipulated in the NASM Code of Ethics. I have also received a copy of this Scholarship Agreement for my records. I accept this scholarship according to the stated requirements and conditions.

What do I do if the information on my studio page is incorrect?

If you find any errors on your studio/area page (academic awards missing, student roster adjustments, etc…) please contact SOM staff as soon as possible.  The accuracy of your studio page information determines the amount of resources you have to offer for this audition cycle.

For any undergraduate issues contact Theresa Winkelmann.

For any graduate issues contact Kara Blackwood.

What should I do if I don’t see a prospective student on my studio page?

Prospective students are only added to your studio page once they have been full accepted to the University and the School of Music.  Scholarship and GA awards cannot be offered until the student has been fully accepted.  If you are missing prospective graduate or undergraduate students on your studio page, please check Acceptd first before sending an email t staff asking where they are.  There should be notes in Acceptd indicating any flags that might be holding up the student’s application progress.

What is considered a full tuition scholarship?

The School of Music considers a full tuition scholarship an award that covers 15 undergraduate hours per semester for the fall and spring.  This level of scholarship should be reserved for the most prestigious prospective students that apply.

Undergraduate tuition for UofM typically changes from year to year and you can find the most up-to-date amounts on the University tuition estimator page.  In order to get an accurate amount, make sure you select the following on the estimator page:
1.  Fall or spring semester
2. Undergraduate courses
3. Resident
4. Select the number of regular hours at 15
5. Scroll to the bottom and hit the ‘estimate tuition’ button.
6. Multiply the number on the following page by 2 (in order to cover the fall and spring semesters).  This number will be the amount for a full-tuition award.

The University tuition estimator page can be found here:

How do the School of Music Non-Resident and International awards work?

The scholarship budget that is allotted to each area is specifically earmarked for resident (in-state), undergraduate scholarships.  Non-resident and international students would need to be recommended for, and receive, a SOM non-resident award in addition to the scholarship amount received by the studio.

For example:
1.) In order to receive a scholarship that covers 15 hours of coursework, a non-resident student would need to receive a $11,964 award* from a studio in addition to a SOM non-resident award.  Without the SOM non-resident award a student would need to be awarded $16,764 from a studio to provide the same amount of scholarship coverage.
2.) International students are on another tuition structure that is separate from resident and non-resident students.  In order to receive a scholarship that covers 15 hours of coursework, an international student would need to receive a $11,964 award* from a studio in addition to a SOM non-resident award.  Without the SOM non-resident award an international student would need to be awarded $21,564 from a studio to provide the same amount of scholarship coverage.

*Based on 2019-20 tuition rates


The School of Music has a limited number of non-resident awards that are available each year.  Every effort is made to share these awards across all areas of the School of Music.  If you have a prospective, non-resident undergraduate student that you would like to recommend for an award make sure you select “yes” in the ‘OOS Award’ column on your area page.

For eligible students, non-resident waivers may also be available from the following areas:
1.)  The Mighty Sound of the South Marching Band has a limited number of OOS tuition waivers.
Contact Dr. Will Plenk for more information.

2.) The Honors College has 30 OOS waivers available each year on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Students must apply by March 1https://www.memphis.edu/honors/admission/

What is the discretionary budget?

The School of Music reserves a small percentage of the overall scholarship budget to be used for special circumstances.  An example of where those funds might be used would be giving an award to a high-quality prospective student that has auditioned for a studio that has spent its scholarship budget.   Any faculty seeking extra scholarship funds for a special situation should contact Kevin Sanders.

What happens to my scholarship budget and available assistantships on May 1?

After May 1, all uncommitted scholarship budgets and assistantships are reallocated to any pressing areas of need in the School of Music. Undergraduate and graduate students wanting to be considered for a scholarship or a graduate assistantship must be fully accepted with all necessary documents submitted to the University and the School of Music by May 1.

Can I get a GA or scholarship deadline extension?

The School of Music will accommodate any reasonable student request to extend the deadline for a scholarship or GA offer.