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Scholarships

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Investing in our Students & Faculty with Scholarships

Of the many opportunities available for supporting the LSU School of Music, none more directly affect the quality of our students’ academic success than scholarships. The information below outlines the basic guidelines for creating an endowed scholarship in the area of one’s choosing. Endowed accounts are a wonderful way to leave a legacy for you, a loved one, a special teacher or a friend.

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships in music are made available through the College of Music & Dramatic Arts and held in the LSU Foundation. Endowed scholarships provide perpetual awards based on the earnings of the endowment. Endowed scholarship accounts must have a principal of at least $40,000 to be created. Scholarships are awarded to students meeting the criteria outlined in the Donor Scholarship Agreement.

Generally speaking, criteria are based on a combination of the following factors for:

  • Academic requirements
  • Skill/talent
  • Area (e.g., for music education, jazz, opera, piano, etc)
  • Level of Study (e.g. undergraduate or graduate)

LSU School of Music Scholarships

GENERAL

  • Baton Rouge Community Concert Award endowed
    In honor of the Baton Rouge Community Concert Association, which served the city of Baton Rouge for some 50 years as the principal source of funding performing artists in the community.
  • Baton Rouge Symphony Scholarship non-endowed
    Given annually by the Baton Rouge Symphony.
  • Dr. Lucille J. Blum Award in Music endowed
    Given by the New Orleans philanthropist as an award to the graduating vocalist and instrumentalist having the highest overall GPA.
  • Finkelstein Memorial Scholarship endowed
    Given in memory of Tommie J. and Edna Beth Finkelstein.
  • Larry, Emily & Edwin Hubbard Scholarship endowed (pending)
    Given by Larry and Emily Hubbard, alumni from Atlanta, GA. School of Music
  • General Scholarship Fund non-endowed
    Created in 1995, this fund is used to provide scholarship support for areas of study that currently do not have dedicated scholarship funding. These funds are not self-renewing.
  • Frankie & Daniel T. Walsh Scholarship endowed (pending)
    Given in honor of Frankie and Daniel Walsh, by their son.
  • J. Forrest West Scholarship non-endowed
    Given in honor of J. Forest West, by his family and friends.

BRASS (by type)

HORN

  • Phelix Carrigan Byrd, Jr. Scholarship non-endowed
    Given in honor of Phelix Carrigan Byrd, Jr. upon his birthday, by his friends.
  • Richard F. Norem Sr. Scholarship non-endowed
    Given in honor of Professor Emeritus of Horn, Richard F. Norem, Sr., by his friends, family, colleagues, and former students.

TRUMPET

  • There are currently no scholarships designated for this instrument.

TROMBONE

  • Byron Lamb Memorial Scholarship Fund endowed
    Given in memory of Byron L. Lamb, by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Chester A. Lamb.*
    * This scholarship is for the area of low brass and also includes euphonium and tuba.

TUBA/EUPHONIUM

  • Forrest F. Griffen Memorial Scholarship Fund non-endowed
    Given in memory of Forrest F. Griffen, by the State Rental & Supply Co.

COMPOSITION

  • There are currently no scholarships designated for this area.

MUSIC EDUCATION

  • L. Bruce and Mary Floy Jones Memorial Scholarship endowed
    Given in memory of Professor Emeritus and Director of Bands, L. Bruce Jones and wife Mary Floy Jones, by their children and friends.

MUSIC HISTORY/MUSICOLOGY

  • There are currently no scholarships designated for this area.

MUSIC THEORY

  • Barrett & Mae Stout Music Memorial Scholarship* endowed
    Given in memory of Barrett & Mae Stout by Mr. Kimble Stout in memory of his father and mother.
    *This scholarship is designed to be awarded to music students who excel in general music theory classes, not necessarily for students majoring in Music Theory.

ORGAN

  • Frank Collins, Jr. Memorial Scholarship endowed
    Given in memory of Frank Collins, Jr., professor of organ in the LSU School of Music, by his wife, children, and friends.
  • Alvin Earl Hatton Endowed Scholarship endowed (pending)
    Given in memory of Alvin Earl Hatton by his mother.*
    *This scholarship is for the keyboard division in general and is to be awarded to students, based on eligibility, that play one of the following instruments: organ, piano, harpsichord.

PERCUSSION

  • Brent Rhodes Memorial Scholarship endowed
    Given in memory of Brent Rhodes, Tiger Band Member, “Mike the Tiger” mascot, and music student, by his parents.

PIANO

  • The Jack Guerry Piano Fund endowed
    Given in honor of Dr. Jack Guerry, professor of piano, by his teacher and friend Dr. Isabel Scionti.
  • Frances Taylor Kurzweg Scholarship endowed (pending)
    Given by Mrs. Frances Kurzweg Seiferman.
  • Carleton Liddle Memorial Scholarship Fund endowed
    Given in memory of Carleton Liddle by his classmates, friends, and colleagues.

Piano Pedagogy Scholarship non-endowed

  • There are currently no scholarships designated for this area.

STRINGS (by type)

VIOLIN

  • David Chang Memorial Scholarship endowed
    In memory of David Chang, given by the family of David Wei-Chang.
  • Helen Libbey Cordiner Scholarship in Violin endowed
    In memory of Helen Libbey Cordiner, given by her husband and friends.
  • Michael A. Galasso Memorial Scholarship endowed
    In memory of Michael A. Galasso, given by his wife and children.
  • Oramay Welch Young Scholarship endowed
    In memory of Oramay Welch Young, given by her husband and family.
  • String Scholarship Fund non-endowed
    This fund is intended to attract the best and brightest violinists from around the world to study at LSU. It is used to augment existing named violin scholarships.

VIOLA

  • Kenneth Klaus Viola Scholarship non-endowed
    Given in memory of Dr. Kenneth Klaus, LSU professor of viola & composition, by his friends and family.

CELLO

  • There are currently no scholarships designated for this instrument.

DOUBLE BASS

  • There are currently no scholarships designated for this instrument.

VOICE

  • Frances Greer Scholarship endowed
    Given by Ms. Greer, LSU Alumna, former singer with the Metropolitan Opera and former Professor of Voice at the University of Michigan, in appreciation of the LSU School of Music.
  • Paul Groves Voice Scholarship endowed
    Given in honor of Paul Groves, current singer at the Metropolitan Opera by his friends and family.
  • Kenneth & Barbara Nelson Scholarship non-endowed
    Given by Kenneth and Barbara Nelson.
  • William Newman Opera Scholarship non-endowed
    Given in memory of William Newman, by his wife and children.
  • The Schola Cantorum Scholarship non-endowed
    This fund is intended to provide scholarships for choral students.
  • Earl W. Redding Memorial Scholarship endowed
    Given in memory of Dr. Earl W. Redding.

WOODWINDS (by type)

FLUTE

  • The Everett L. and Jeanne A. Timm Memorial Scholarship
    Given by the family and friends of Everett L. and Jeanne A. Timm.
  • Katherine P. Kemler Scholarship in Flute endowed (pending completion)
    Given by Dr. Katherine P. Kemler, Barineau Professor of Flute.

OBOE

  • Earnest Harrison Oboe Scholarship endowed (incomplete)
    Given in honor of the performing and teaching careers of Earnest Harrison, former LSU Professor of Oboe and former Principal Oboe with the National Symphony in Washington D.C., by his colleagues, former students, and friends.

CLARINET

  • There are currently no scholarships designated for this instrument.

BASSOON

  • John Patterson Scholarship endowed
    Given in honor of John Patterson, professor of bassoon and saxophone at LSU (1955-85), by a former student.

SAXOPHONE

  • There are currently no scholarships designated for this instrument.

Contact Information

Individuals interested in supporting any of these endowments or in creating new endowments should contact Miriam Overton, Interim Director of Development in the LSU School of Music at miriam@lsu.edu or 225.578.9268 for more information.