Undergraduate Financial Aid

University Financial Aid

For current information regarding tuition and costs associated with attending Penn State, please visit http://admissions.psu.edu/costs-aid/tuition/.

The University offers a breadth of scholarship and financial aid opportunities for its students. Students may also be considered for state and federal grants, federal loan programs, and college work-study based on demonstrated need.  Many School of Music students take advantage of the University financial aid programs found below:

University Awards
College Awards
Penn State Office of Student Aid

To be considered for student aid, Penn State students must complete the U.S. Department of Education Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). To apply, go to: http://admissions.psu.edu/apply/tuition/aid1/index.cfm.The application serves as the single application for financial aid at Penn State. Although students can complete the FAFSA by June 30, we suggest you submit the FAFSA by these dates to receive maximum consideration for student financial aid: First-year students (new undergraduate, transfer, or graduate students) by March 1; current students by April 15.

Once the FAFSA is completed, students are automatically considered for the Federal Pell Grant. A Federal Pell Grant is federally-funded student gift aid that does not need to be repaid.  Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have high financial need and who are working on their first bachelor's degree. Pell Grants are awarded based on expected family contribution and number of credits scheduled.

Music applicants with superior academic ability are also encouraged to apply to the Schreyer Honors College, which provides students numerous opportunities to enrich their educations through honors-level course work and independent study. Information regarding scholarship support from the Schreyer Honors College can be found at https://music.psu.edu/current/shc.html.

School of Music Financial Aid

The School of Music offers talent-based scholarships and awards for incoming, continuing, and graduating students. Scholarships for incoming students may range in size from $500-$15,000 per year. All incoming students are considered for scholarships at the time of their initial audition; no separate application or audition is necessary. These are typically four-year awards.

In addition, other scholarships are awarded through yearly talent-based competitions*. The spring scholarship competition is for returning undergraduate students, with one-year scholarships awarded for the following year. The fall competition is for graduating seniors, with a one-year scholarship awarded for continued education at an institution of the winner's choice.

Need-based scholarships** (Trustee Scholarships) are also available to qualified students based on completion of the FAFSA. These one-year awards are recommended by the Director of the School of Music, and may be renewable depending on the student’s continued eligibility.

Scholarships and Awards

Marie Buoymaster Ashburn Piano Scholarship
Established by E. Louise Stethers in memory of her mother, Marie Buoymaster Ashburn, to provide recognition for an undergraduate student enrolled in the School of Music majoring in piano.

Atherton Memorial Music Award*
To honor Helen Atherton Govier, the late daughter of former Penn State President Atherton, and to provide recognition to undergraduate students in their second, third, or fourth year, majoring in music and making a significant contribution to the musical life of the University.

Mona Shibley Bird Memorial Choir Scholarship
Established in memory of Mona Shibley Bird (’44 B.A. Psychology) by her late brother, Raymond N. Shibley (’47 B.S. Commercial Chem.) Consideration will be given to undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Music who possess exceptional voice talent and plan careers as choral singers or directors.

Mary E. Brady Memorial Award
Established in memory of Mary E. Brady by F.E. Brady Products Inc. to recognize second through fourth-year undergraduate students who have displayed proficiency in piano at the University.

Marjorie Jane Brewster Memorial Music Scholarship*
In memory of Marjorie Jane Brewster (’61 B.A. Arts) by her father, the late R. Wallace Brewster (’28 B.A. Arts and Letters and ’30 M.A. Political Science). Consideration will be given to full-time students who are graduates of the University with pursuit of advanced music studies at an accredited institution of higher learning or accredited conservatory of music of their choice. This scholarship is a competitive merit-based award.

Nina and Raymond Brown Music Scholarship in Voice
In memory of the late Raymond Brown by his wife and former students, friends and colleagues of Raymond Brown to recruit and retain talented students whose primary study is in voice in the School of Music in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University.

Jeffery David Calhoon Memorial Scholarship in Music
In memory of Jeffrey David Calhoon (’71 B.A. Music) by his mother, Mary Louise Calhoon, to recognize graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Music.

W. Paul Campbell/Phi Mu Alpha Memorial Award
To recognize outstanding undergraduate students enrolled in the music education curriculum. Consideration will be given to undergraduates enrolled in the curriculum of music education, in at least their second year of studies, manifesting evidence of careers as music educators.

Louisa Esber, George Esber and Helen Vrungos Deal Memorial Awards in Music
In their honor, by the late W. E. Esber, brother of Louisa and George and friend of Helen. Consideration will be given to full-time undergraduate and graduate piano and violin students currently enrolled in the School of Music.

Matthew M. and Geraldine S. Fenza Memorial Scholarship in the School of Music
Established in memory of Matthew M. and Geraldine S. Fenza by Robert E. Fenza ('80 B.Ph. Inter-College) and Marcy G. Fenza to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in a major offered by the School of Music who demonstrate exceptional musical talent.

William Forest Chamber Music Endowment
Established by William B. Forest (’51 B.A. Arts and Letters) as program support to provide scholarships, graduate fellowships, and general disbursements supporting students or faculty of the School of Music who are engaged in the performance of chamber music.

Keith E. and Linda A. Forrest Trustee Scholarship in the College of Arts and Architecture**
Established by Linda A. and Keith E. Forrest ('69 B.S. EMS) to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University with first preference given to students who are majoring in music (either an education or performance major) and with a concentration in voice, string, brass, woodwind or percussion, who have a demonstrated financial need.

Judy Frankel Silver and Gold Award in Music
The purpose of this award is to honor and recognize outstanding achievement by an undergraduate music major who has excelled in acoustic guitar (classes or lessons).

Blake D. and Linda J. Gall Family Trustee Scholarship in the College of Arts and Architecture**
Established by Blake D. and Linda J. Gall to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture who have demonstrated a financial need, with first preference given to students majoring in music.

Simeon and Elizabeth Gallu Scholarship
The late Sam Gallu (’40 B.S. Arts and Letters) established this scholarship in memory of his parents, Simeon and Elizabeth Gallu. Sam became a writer and producer for television, radio, and a playwright whose credits include Give ‘Em Hell Harry. Consideration will be given to incoming first-year students possessing outstanding and exceptional talent, dedication to their goal of a professional musical, theatrical, or artistic career, and display total dedication to this goal.

Nancy S. and Glenn W. Gamble Trustee Scholarship in the College of Arts and Architecture**
Established by Glenn W. Gamble ('51 B.S. AG, '55 M. Ed. AG, '59 D. Ed. ED) and Nancy Saylor Gamble ('52 B.S. HHD, '55 M. Ed. HHD) to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture who have demonstrated a financial need, with first preference given to students majoring in music education.

Frank Gullo Scholarship Fund
In memory of the late Frank Gullo by friends and family of Fank Gullo to provide recognition to full-time undergraduate students enrolled as music majors in voice in the School of Music in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University.

Dorothy Hughes-Young Endowed Scholarship for Music Education and Art Education
Established by Dorothy Hughes-Young (’57 B.S. Music Ed.) and her husband, Ronald Young (’57 B.S. Agriculture), to provide recognition for students pursuing studies in cultural and ethnic diversity in the arts and significant artistic endeavors in a foreign country (i.e. seminars, performances, summer study programs, semester abroad, etc.) Consideration will be given to an undergraduate and graduate student enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Arts and Architecture with preference given to students majoring in music education or art education with plans for a career in teaching.

Johnstone Endowed Music Scholarship Fund
In memory of Helen Johnstone and in honor of Ann Mauery Johnstone by George W. Johnstone (’60 B.S. Sanitary Engineering) to provide recognition to undergraduate students pursuing a music major. Consideration will be given to those students who have given their time and talent on behalf of religious worship services.

Bryce and Jonelle Jordan Excellence Fund
To recruit musically superior students and support academic excellence as well as to honor President Emeritus Jordan and the late Mrs. Jonelle Jordan, funded by alumni and friends of the University upon Bryce Jordan’s retirement. Consideration will be given to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional musical talent and exemplify high academic ideals.

Bryce and Jonelle Jordan Scholarship
Established to recognize and support musically superior students and support academic excellence as well as to honor President Emeritus Jordan and the late Mrs. Jonelle Jordan, by Edward R. Hintz (‘59 B.S. Business Admin.) and his wife, Helen S. Hintz (‘60 B.S. Home Econ.). Consideration will be given to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional musical talent and exemplify high academic ideals.

Kittie E. Jordan Memorial Fund
In memory of the late Kittie E. Jordan, mother of University President Emeritus Bryce Jordan, to provide program support to assist deserving undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Music and purchasing music scores and textbooks.

Jerome J. Kapitanoff Memorial Scholarship
Established by Lorraine T. Kapitanoff in memory of her late husband, Jerome J. Kapitanoff (’64 B.S. Ind. Engineering, ’73 M.Ed. and ’83 D.Ed. Vocational Industrial Ed.) to recognize outstanding students in the College of Education, the College of Engineering or the School of Music. Consideration will be given to full-time undergraduate students who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success.

Mae Eileen Kroulik Scholarship for Excellence in Music Performance (In odd-numbered years alternating years with the Leight Memorial Fund)*
To provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Music and majoring in instrument or voice. Consideration will be given to full-time second, third and fourth-year undergraduate students who are music majors performing on their primary applied instrument or voice.

William J. and Lois Kesterson Leight Memorial Fund (In even-numbered years, alternating years with the College of Engineering)
Established by the late Colonel William J. Leight (’34 B.S. Electrical Engineering) to provide or assist in providing guest speakers and artists, scholarships in art and music and for the purchase of art objects for the Palmer Museum of Art.

Dominic A. Lockwood Trustee Scholarship**
Established in memory of Dominic A. Lockwood (‘49 B.S. Edu, ‘51 DSL Law) by Kathleen A. Lockwood (‘71 B.S. Edu, ‘78 M Ed. Edu) to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University with first preference given to students enrolled in the music major who have a demonstrated financial need.

Andrew Ward Loftus Scholarship
Established by Nelson S. Loftus, Jr. ('58 B.S. and '62 M.S. Forestry and '66 PhD Agronomy) and Brenda G. Loftus ('65 M.Ed. Higher Ed.) in memory of their parents and in honor of their son, Andrew Ward Loftus ('97 B.S. Music Ed.), to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding third and fourth year full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Music pursuing a BME in Instrumental Music Education who have a superior academic record (minimum 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale) and play the trombone, euphonium or tuba.

Albert Mainwaring Scholarship
In memory of Albert Mainwaring to recognize undergraduate students who are members of the Penn State Glee Club.

Lyle Merriman Music Scholarships
To honor the School of Music’s Director Emeritus, Lyle Merriman. Consideration will be given to second, third and fourth-year undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Music that demonstrate exceptional musical talent and exemplify high academic standards.

Virgil E. and Mary S. Neilly Endowment for Music Education
Established by Mrs. Mary S. Neilly in memory of her late husband, Virgil E. Neilly (’48 B.S. Electrical Engineering), to provide program support to enrich the music education program in the School of Music, such as scholarships, graduate fellowships, and general disbursements supporting students or faculty of the School of Music.

Dorothy B. O'Connor Undergraduate Scholarship in the School of Music
Established by Dorothy B. O'Connor to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in a major offered by the School of Music in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University who demonstrate exceptional musical talent and exemplify high academic standards.

Harold and Nancy O’Connor Music Scholarship
Established by Harold O’Connor, Jr. (’52 B.S. Physics) and Nancy O’Connor to provide scholarships to attract and recognize outstanding keyboard, brass, woodwind, and string players who are enrolled in the School of Music. Consideration will be given to a full-time student in the School of Music.

Pennsylvania State University Performing Arts Scholarship Fund
Established to provide scholarships for outstanding full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the University with specific talent in the performing arts (choir or orchestra). Consideration will be given to students demonstrating superior performance or ability in the choral or orchestral performing arts or who manifest promise of making an outstanding contribution therein.

Presser Scholarship*
Established to provide scholarships and appropriate recognition for undergraduate students majoring in music. Consideration will be given to full-time undergraduate students who have completed at least three years or its equivalent and have expressed and exhibited a personal dedication to a career in music.

John, Miriam and Robert Reed Scholarship in the School of Music
Established from the estate of Robert E. Reed (’51 B.A. Commerce and Finance) to recognize outstanding graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Music who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success.

Willard G. Rouse, III Trustee Scholarship**
Established in memory of Willard G. Rouse, III by Robert E. Fenza ('80, B. Ph. Inter-College) to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University with first preference given students enrolled in the music major who have a demonstrated financial need.

Jane Cowell Sheaffer Endowment

Established in memory of Jane Cowell Sheaffer (’34 B.A. Arts and Letters) for scholarship and academic pursuits. Consideration will be given to undergraduate students and faculty of the School of Music.

David P. Stone Trustee Scholarship**
Established by David P. Stone (‘67 B.S. Engineering) to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University with first preference given to students enrolled in the music major who have a demonstrated financial need.

Willa C. Taylor Scholarship
In memory of the late Willa C. Taylor, professor of music and choral director, to provide recognition to full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll as voice majors or in the music education program who have demonstrated outstanding musical ability and who have positive academic records.

Fred Waring Scholarship
In memory of Fred Waring (’22 Mech. Engineering) to recognize students enrolled or planning to enroll at the University who possess exceptional music talent. Consideration will be given to undergraduate or graduate students who possess exceptional music talent as instrumentalists, composers, arrangers, and singers as determined by audition or portfolio.

Karen Weston Memorial Trustee Scholarship in the College of Arts and Architecture**
Established from the trust of the late Kenneth R. Weston ('28 B.S. SCI) to recognize undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture who have demonstrated a financial need, with first preference given to students majoring in music.

Phyllis K. Williams Endowed Scholarship Fund Honoring the State College Woman’s Club
In memory of Phyllis K. Williams by her husband, Dr. Eugene G. Williams, to recognize full-time students majoring in the performing arts (music and/or theatre).

Francis G. Wood Memorial
Presented in memory of her husband, Francis G. Wood (’31 B.A. Commerce and Finance), by the late Verna Wood and the Penn State Glee Club to recognize full-time undergraduate students who are members, or are planning to become members, of the Penn State Glee Club.

Estelle Carruth Work Scholarship in the School of Music
Established by the late Estelle Work (’49 M.Ed. Education) to financially assist those pursuing musical education. Consideration will be given to full-time graduate and undergraduate students studying classical piano, with a demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses.

For Blue Band Members

Ned C. and Janette M. Deihl Blue Band Scholarship
Established by Ned C. Diehl, former director of the Blue Band, his wife and others to recognize talent and dedication of band members. Consideration will be given to undergraduate students with demonstrated extraordinary talent and dedication as members of the Blue Band and Symphonic Band or Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

James W. Dunlop Memorial Scholarship Fund
Presented in memory of the late Dr. Dunlop, conductor of the Blue Band for 29 years. Consideration will be given to undergraduate students with a satisfactory academic record who has given outstanding service to either the Blue Band, or concert bands.

Hum Fishburn Memorial Scholarship
Presented in memory of the late Hum Fishburn (’22 B.A. Commerce and Finance and ’25 M.Ed. Ed. Admin.), previous director of the School of Music and head of the Blue Band. Consideration will be given to graduate and undergraduate students who are members or anticipatory members of the Blue Band who have exhibited superior ability.

David L. Harmon Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund for Blue Band
Presented in memory of David L. Harmon (’91 B.A. Speech Communications and ’94 M.P.A. Master of Public Administration), a former member of the Blue Band, by his wife, Lillian Parlato Harmon (’93 B.S. Music Ed.). Consideration will be given to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture that are members of the Blue Band.

Kermit and Hassel Hurwitz Endowed Scholarship Fund for the Blue Band
Established by the late Margaret Hurwitz in honor and memory of her husband Kermit Hurwitz (’37 B.S. Ag. Economics) and her brother-in-law, Hassel Hurwitz (’29 B.A. Pre-Law). Consideration will be given to undergraduate students within the College of Arts and Architecture who are members of the Blue Band. Preference shall be given to, but not limited to, residents of Union County, Pa.

Jodi Lynn Kline Memorial Marching Blue Band Silk Endowment
Presented in memory of the late Jodi Lynn Kline (’89 B.A. Advertising) to provide monies for program support for the Penn State Marching Blue Band Silk Line and for the purchase of equipment and other necessary expenses to enhance the visual aspect of the band front of the marching Blue Band.

Philip R. and Eleanor C. Prutzman Blue Band Scholarship
Established from the estate of Philip R. Prutzman ('41 B.S. ED) and Eleanor C. Prutzman. Consideration shall be given to all full-time undergraduate students who are planning to enroll in the School of Music, who will be performing members of the Blue Band, who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success, and who have demonstrated extraordinary musical talent.

Jean Phillips Shibley Memorial Blue Band Scholarship
Presented in memory of the late Jean Alene Phillips Shibley (’47 B.S. Health and Physical Ed.) by her husband, Raymond N. Shibley, to recognize outstanding members of the University’s marching Band. Consideration will be given to full-time undergraduate students who are members of the Blue Band who possess superior musical ability.

Gregory and Robert Stock Endowed Scholarship
Established by Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Stock (’50 B.S. Mech. Engineering) and their son, Gregory E. Stock (’87 B.S. Business Logistics and ’91 M.B.A.), former drum major. Consideration will be given to full-time undergraduate students who have been a member of the Marching Blue Band for at least one year and have an appointment as the drum major of the Blue Band.

Lori Bowers and David Uhazie Endowed Scholarship for Blue Band Feature Twirler
Established by first feature twirler of the Blue Band, Lori Bowers (’82 B.A. Advertising), and her husband, David Uhazie (’82 B.S. Finance), to provide recognition to the feature twirler in the Blue Band.