• Academic and Music Awards can be combined

Music Scholarships

  • Academic and Music Awards can be combined

Music scholarships updated March 1, 2020.


UTM music students are allowed to combine academic and music awards to maximize their financial aid.


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Music Majors Only

Early Accept Scholarship

Apply to UTM, apply to the UTM Department of Music, AND audition for applied faculty before December 31st to be eligible for a one-time Early Accept $500 Music Scholarship. Auditions must be arranged by contacting applied faculty.

Chancellor's Music Award - $3,000 per year

Eligibility: Minimum ACT score of 22 and a 2.75 GPA; Participation in All-State and/or other exemplary musical experiences such as Interlochen, Governor’s School for the Arts, Top Tier DCI or WGI participation, National Youth Orchestra, Significant Soloist Competition Winner, etc. Exceptional audition required

Honor Music Award - $1,500 per year

Eligibility: Minimum ACT score of 22 and a 2.75 GPA; Participation in All Region and/or other honors music experiences may be considered. Excellent audition required.

Legacy Music Scholarships - Up to $2,000 (one-time award for incoming students)

The Department of Music awards named scholarships for the top auditioning student in the following areas:

  • Flute; Dee Pritchett Scholarship
  • Horn; Hernon Scholarship
  • Trombone; Eaton Scholarship
  • Euphonium; Russ McConnell Scholarship
  • Tuba; Earl Norwood Scholarship
  • Percussion; Emmons PASIC Scholarship
  • Percussion; Emmons PASIC Scholarship
  • Piano; Elaine Harriss Scholarship

UTM High School Solo Competition Winners - Up to $1,000 (see additional information below)

Competition winners from UTM Honor Band, Woodwind Day, Brass Day, Piano Competition, and Death by Voice who attend UTM as a music major will receive the following scholarships.

  • $1,000 - 1st place (one-time award)
  • $500 - 2nd place (one-time award)
  • $250 - 3rd place (one-time award)


Minors Only

Chairs Award - $600 per year

Eligibility: Minimum ACT score of 22 and a 2.75 GPA; Participation in All-State and/or other exemplary musical experiences such as Interlochen, Governor’s School for the Arts, Top Tier DCI or WGI participation, National Youth Orchestra, Significant Soloist Competition Winner, etc. Exceptional audition required.


All Campus Musicians

Aviators Marching Band Housing Discounts and Scholarships

A limited number of Aviators Marching Band Housing Scholarships are available. The scholarship reduces the cost of on-campus housing by $500 each semester, for a total reduction of $1000 per school year. If a student is awarded the housing scholarship, they are obligated to stay in a dorm on campus for the entire school year.


ALL members of the Aviators Marching Band receive a $250 service award and all meals are paid for by UTM during the Aviators Band Camp.

Music Service Scholarship - Up to $1,000 per year

Eligibility: Acceptance to UT Martin and satisfactory audition required. Participation in assigned ensembles and/or accompanying for pianists required.

Work Study Positions Available - contingent upon FAFSA eligibility

Visit utm.edu/studentemployment for more information.

Music & Academic Awards may be combined

Scholarship Finder: www.utm.edu/departments/finaid/scholarships.php.


Scholarships for out of state/transfer students: utm.edu/advantage.


UTM Martin applications must be submitted no later than February 1 in order to receive full consideration for academic scholarships.


Please contact Dr. Robert Mancusi, Interim Chair, Department of Music at rmancusi@utm.edua or call 731-881-7418 for more information.


Named Awards

Named Awards are presented to current students at the end of each academic year.


Jeremy Devault Percussion Award

This award is presented to a music major specializing in percussion. The recipient selected has demonstrated academic excellence, contributed to outstanding service and dedication to the UTM percussion studio. The award is funded by Beth Devault in memory of her son, Jeremy Devault. Jeremy was a UTM music education major specializing in percussion who lived each day with a mission of service and devotion to his peers and profession.


Emily Sanford 2018-19

Jacob Hargrove 2017-18

Andie Fisher 2016-17

C.J. Barrow 2015-16

Brandon Blankenstein 2014-15

Jennifer Hotz 2013-14

William Kwasigroh 2012-13

Joshua Spaulding 2011-12

Daniel Houston 2010-11

Keegan Paluso 2009-10

E.J. Eaton Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is presented to a trombonist majoring in Music Education or Music Performance in at least their third semester of study at UT Martin. The recipient demonstrates musical and academic excellence, dedication, and service to the trombone studio, the Department of Music, and the University of Tennessee at Martin. This award in generously funded by E.J. Eaton’s wife, Beverly, and daughter, Heather Erskine.


Lana McGranahan 2018-19

Isaac Spitler 2017-18

Ebonee Woodland 2016-17

Hannah Morton 2015-16

Ryan Batement 2014-15

Christian Miller 2013-14

Dwight and Dianne Gatwood Music Scholarship

This scholarship endowment is presented to a sophomore pursuing a major in music that demonstrates successful academic performance, musical excellence, and maintains at least a 3.0 grade point average.


Mary Emmons 2018-19

Logan Hays 2017-2018

Cameron Poythress 2016-17

Jacob Hargrove 2016-17

Jenna Kirby 2015-16

Hannah Morton 2015-16

Andrew Hart Music Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is presented to a senior percussionist majoring in music who has demonstrated academic excellence (3.0 minimum). The recipient has consistently demonstrated leadership within the UTM percussion studio, music department, campus, and greater West TN community. The recipient is the kind of student who takes tremendous pride in UTM and will be a strong alumnus and spokesperson for our university.


Jacob Hargrove 2018-19

Hohner Porter 2017-18

Brandon Blankenstein 2016-17

Dela Coleman 2015-16

Jennifer Hotz 2014-15

Rick Drewry 2013-14

C.T. Hill Award

UTM Percussion’s most prestigious award is presented to a music major specializing in percussion who has demonstrated academic excellence (3.0 minimum) and has consistently demonstrated a positive attitude in all things and is committed to exemplary community service within the UTM percussion studio, music department, campus, and greater West TN community. Julie and Lagena Hill, along with David Coffey, fund this award in memory of CT's incredible spirit, love of life, and his charitable heart.


Ben Larkin 2019-2020

Nathaniel O'Neal 2018-19

Stephen Downing 2017-18

Trice Mayhall 2016-17

Justin Lee 2015-16

Micahel Kidd 2014-15

Katherine Felthauser 2013-14

Nancy Mathesen Percussion Award

This award is presented to the most outstanding first year percussionist majoring in music. Qualities such as academic excellence, practice ethic, leadership, and fraternity are all taken into consideration. Nancy Mathesen was the first percussion teacher at UT Martin and retired after 38 years of service. David Coffey, Julie Hill, and Ed Sargent fund this award as a tribute to her legacy.


Robert (R.J.) Heale 2019-2020

Gavin Kitchen 2018-19

Mary Emmons 2017-18

Drew Hendren 2016-17

Cameron Poythress 2015-16

Stephen Downing 2014-15

CJ Barrow 2013-14

Della Coleman 2012-13

Noah Friedman 2011-12

Rachel Steiner 2010-11

Kerry Durso 2009-10

Colby Snider 2008-09

Stephen Hughes 2007-08

Daniel Vargason & Cory Bozard 2006-07

Death by Voice Vocal Competition

This award recognizes the first-place winner of UTM Music’s Death by Voice Competition and is funded by UTM Alumna Rita Winter.


Meleah Gately 2018-2019

Rebekah Mansfield 2017-18

Johna Jackson 2016-17

Rebekah Mansfield 2016-17

Darius Taylor 2015-16

Bridget Huenefeld 2015-16

Johna Jackson 2014-15

Darius Taylor 2013-14

Vivian Hoi-Yan Mak 2012-13

Josh Gatlin 2011-12

Asha Moody 2010-11

Virginia Cherry 2009-10

Erin Horton 2008-09

Instrumental Concerto Competition

This award recognizes the first-place winner of UTM Music’s Instrumental Solo Competition.


Lilah Senibaldi 2018-2019

Hohner Porter 2017-18

Patrick Hill 2016-17

Andy Austin 2015-16

Jawaun Crawford 2014-15

Chantia Brown 2013-14

Stephen Borodkin 2012-13

Tucker Gillihan 2011-12

Hamilton Moore 2010-11

Alan Jones 2009-10

Jennifer Reeves 2008-09

Outstanding Music Major Award

Our most prestigious award is presented to a graduating senior who has successfully demonstrated themselves as the most outstanding student overall in the Department of Music during their time at UTM. The recipient of this award at the department level then moves forward for consideration as the most Outstanding Student in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Winners from the Department of Music who have also won at the college level, are acknowledged by a *.


*Hohner Porter 2018-2019

Stephen Downing 2017-18

Brandon Blankenstein 2016-17

Brent Hopper 2015-16

Burdette Award

The Jim Burdette Memorial Award is supported by memorial gifts and awarded annually to a student in the area of the humanities or law enforcement. The recipient is recognized for sensitivity toward other people and efforts to improve the quality of mankind. Nominees are made by each department every year, but those awarded win at the campus-wide level. Nominees from the Department of Music for this award are acknowledged by a *.


*Cheyenne McMullen 2017-18

C.J. Barrow 2016-17

Katherine Felthauser 2013-14

Rachel Steiner 2012-13

Cindy Morris 2011-2012

Brian Simmons Memorial Scholarship

The Brian Simmons Memorial Scholarship is given to an outstanding piano, clarinet, or vocal soloist with at least a 3.0 grade point average. This award in funded by Dr. Mark Simmons and his mother, Robin Pape.


Gian Garma 2018-2019

Caitlyn King 2017-18

Bridget Huenefeld 2016-17

Tommie Arendale Memorial Scholarship

Each year, the family of Tommie Arendale recognizes an outstanding student for their academic and musical accomplishments in Tommie’s memory. For 40 years, Tommie served as a music educator and an educational representative for Amro Music in the Mid-South, serving tirelessly and selflessly to ensure the needs of local music programs were met. AMRO rotates the recipient of the award to various colleges in our region. As such, it is not awarded to a UTM student each year.


Jack Mergen 2018

Harry Neal Award

The Harry Neal Memorial Award is given to the most improved piano major for the academic year. The recipient is selected upon recommendation by the UT Martin piano faculty with the department chair’s approval. The award is funded by Dr. Allison Nelson.


Grant Larcom 2017-18

Gian Garma 2016-17

Gian Garma 2015-16

Allison Nelson Award

The Allison Nelson award is given to an outstanding piano major in the UT Martin Department of Music. The recipient is chosen by the piano faculty and the department chair on the basis of performance growth and grades received during the year. It is funded by Allison Nelson Loebbaka in memory of her first husband.


Gian Garma 2017-18

John-Alex Warner 2016-17

Nathan Williamson 2015-16

Vargason STRIVE Scholarship

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.


Emily Sanford 2018-2019

Ed Sargent Entrepreneurship Award

This scholarship was created to honor UTM Music Alumnus, Ed Sargent, who was Maynard Ferguson’s lifelong friend and tour manager, and now currently serves as tour manager for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Ed continues to be a champion of UTM Music, and one of our greatest successes, so it seemed only fitting to create a scholarship in his name which would assist entrepreneurial students like Ed in pursuing internships and other music industry related fields. The award is funded by the UTM Department of Music.


Scholarship Qualifications

Qualifications to Receive & Retain UTM Music Scholarship

  • Must be enrolled full-time at UT Martin as a music major.
  • Maintain an overall 2.75 GPA and receive no grade below C in any music ensemble or music class.
  • Successfully participate in all assigned large ensembles as it corresponds with your instrument/voice each semester and any additional independent and/or chamber ensembles as agreed upon and assigned by the studio professor and major ensemble director. Assignments will be kept in reason and monitored to insure both academic and musical success for every student.
    • Pianists will be required to serve additional hours for accompanying individuals or ensembles within reason each semester.
  • Agree to adhere to the departmental statement of professionalism (see below)
  • Failure to meet the above criteria may result in the loss of this scholarship money.

Statement of Professionalism:


All faculty, staff, and students in the UTM Department of Music have the right to work in an environment conducive to learning and creativity. UTM Music is committed to taking steps which ensure any and all people associated with our department, as well as any actions carried out on behalf of our department, are both safe and inclusive. Our faculty, staff, and students are committed to working together to make this happen. As a representative of our department and campus, I understand the expectation to represent myself and our department in a professional and positive manner at all times. Communication with faculty, staff, students, and community will always be conducted in the spirit of mutual respect. Furthermore, public displays of behavior deemed unprofessional (either in person and/or electronically including social media applications) will result in departmental reprimand. Failure to comply may result in, but is not limited to, contacting the Office of Student Conduct, the Department of Public Safety, and/or other appropriate University departments the loss of scholarship funding.


Aviators Marching Band

Instrumental students only must participate in the UTM Aviators Marching Band during the fall semester as follows:

  • Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Music – First and Second Years
  • Music Performance – First Year Only

Students may earn additional scholarships for participation in Aviators for non-required semesters if they wish.


Basketball Band is an audition based ensemble that forms late spring. Additional funding is available for participating students.


Additional Information

These scholarship awards will be credited to your fees account in the Business Office each academic semester (except summer session) in which you are enrolled as a full-time music major at UT Martin. This will be considered part of your total financial aid package. Federal and/or state grants may therefore replace all or portions of your music service award as the limits of your financial aid package allow. However, you are guaranteed to receive at least the amount of this award as financial aid. The awards are reviewed annually.


We encourage you and your family to search “UTM Financial Aid and Scholarships Office” at www.utm.edu to find the latest tuition, housing, and meal plan costs. We encourage you to call the UTM Financial Aid Office if you think you qualify for additional financial aid, scholarships, and/or the UTM Work Study program.


Lastly, please make sure to watch for emails regarding the SOAR schedule. As you already know, music majors are very busy and take lots of classes. As such, it can be challenging to sign up for GEN EDs across campus if you wait until the last few SOARs to register. Please attend the earliest one possible. I attend most of these myself and will register you personally, but if I can’t be there, a faculty member will be there in my place to assist you.