Over the years, generous alumni and friends have contributed funds to assist Houghton music students financially. Through their generosity and the investing policies of Houghton’s financial stewards, these funds are available to meritorious students who meet award criteria.
All endowed scholarships are awarded by full faculty vote. All current music students are automatically considered candidates for these awards. These awards are made from endowed funds: the number and size of annual awards is dependent on the performance of the investments in which the principal resides. (Revised 2003)
In addition to performance grants, the following scholarships are available:
To be awarded to an outstanding student following the end of the junior year. Award varies ($4,000 for 06-07), based solely on merit. Four criteria, established by the Houghton music faculty:
1. musical excellence
2. academic standing
3. Christian testimony
4. exemplifies the goals of the school of music
The recipient shall be designated the Presser Scholar in the senior year.
Marion R. Anderson Award in Voice
Full- or part-time student in voice. A ‘pennies from heaven’ scholarship to be used at the discretion of the recipient.
John M. Andrews Scholarship
Given in memory of Professor Emeritus John M. Andrews by his family. An award to talented Christian string students. (endowment in process: funding projected to be complete during 2006-07)
Wilfred Bain Scholarships
Award for music student of ‘significant talent and interest in music..., preference shall be given to students who are voice students and, most particularly, students who exhibit talent and interest in opera performance.’
Joanne L Bingham Scholarship
An award to a deserving BMus student at the beginning of the second semester of the senior year. On or before Oct. 15, the faculty of the School of Music will make nomination to Student Financial Services, with announcement made in January. Criteria:
1. BMus student
2. Positive Christian testimony
3. 3.0 cum by end of junior year
4. Musical ability
5. Exhibit Christian leadership
Carolyn Keil Campbell Scholarship
An award to assist ‘worthy, promising, and needy music students.’
Clifford Music Education Scholarship
An award to a single music education student with a 3.0+ GPA.
Margaretta Denham Organ Scholarship
Preference to an organist intending a career in church music.
Florence B. Dodds Scholarship
Award(s) given annually to music student(s) with unmet financial need. Preference given to sophomores who received a Freshman Music (non-renewable) Award. The Dodds scholarship is continuing, based on satisfactory academic and musical performance and continuance as a music major.
Charles E. Finney Music Scholarship
An award to a BMus major: preference to organ majors or minors, next to music students intending careers in church music, then to general music majors.
Paine Music Scholarship
Given by Rev. & Mrs. Carl Vanderburg in memory of the parents of Stephen XV. & S. Hugh Paine. A scholarship awarded annually to an outstanding Christian music student.
Andrew Vincent award
Not recently funded.
Dorothy Yahn Walrath Organ Scholarship
An award toward tuition for a B.Mus. student whose major is organ. Criteria to include excellence as a performer, good character, and Christian faith, financial need, scholastic excellence, preparation for a career in church work or college teaching, excellence as a public performer. Nominated by the organ faculty.
Walrath Award of Honor
May be given to other qualified students, chosen by same procedure as for Walrath. Includes a certificate of award and a volume of organ music.
Linford Wilcox Violin Scholarship
Preference to a violin major.
Robert W. Woods Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship(s) to be awarded to a junior or senior. Criteria:
1. Major in Church Music or a related field that would contribute to church-related music.
2. Based on talent and contributions to the field of church music.
3. Consideration to be given to financial need, personality, and character.
York Memorial Scholarship
Unrestricted award to be given to a Christian music major.