Dedicated to Funding Research and Travel-Study within the Percussive Arts
The University of Tennessee at Martin Percussion Society and alumnus Mr. Daniel Vargason are proud to offer the UTMPS-Vargason STRIVE scholarship, which funds UTM percussion students interested in travel related research. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage percussion students to engage in research and creative activities, such as summer music festivals, camps, seminars, and research trips around the United States and internationally.
Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher with a letter grade of C or higher in all Department of Music courses
Enrolled as a full-time student in the current semester
Must be registered with full-time status for the upcoming semester and/or be currently enrolled as a full-time student when the study will take place
Must be registered for MUEN 365 – Percussion Ensemble for the upcoming semester and/or be currently enrolled in MUEN 365 - Percussion Ensemble when the study will take place AND have been registered for Percussion Ensemble all semesters of degree program at UT Martin.
Funding and Restrictions
Awards will be $200-$500 depending on need, merit, and availability of funding
Funds may be used for festival/camp tuition, travel (airfare, bus, train, or boat), and housing.
Funds may NOT be used for equipment, food, instruments, sheet music, application fees, rent/mortgage, gas, auditions, or any other expenses outside of festival/camp tuition, travel, and housing. Please note, your research does NOT have to be a summer festival.
Application deadline is on-going until funds are depleted. The scholarship funding will reset each school year.
Recipients will be chosen by a panel of UTM percussion faculty and Daniel Vargason
Applicants will be chosen based on the following criteria: proposal clarity and strength of application, eligibility (see above), academic success, studio camaraderie, excellence in applied lessons and percussion ensemble, participation in major ensembles, and overall positive team building attitude.
Meet all Eligibility Requirements above
Statement of Purpose (no more than 3 pages. PDF uploaded on Application Form)
What is the Research Travel-Study you wish to engage in?
Preliminary experience and/or research on this topic
What is your immediate goal of this study?
How does this study relate to your current degree program?
How will this study impact your career goals?
How will this study benefit UT Martin Percussion Studio, Department of Music, University as a whole, and the West Tennessee community?