University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Music Scholarships


Department of Music Scholarship Information

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduates must enroll for at least 12 credits per semester (including registering for performance lessons on their principal instrument and participating in an approved ensemble) and show that they are making reasonable progress toward their degree in music. (NOTE: In special cases a student enrolling for fewer than 12 credits may qualify for a scholarship. To be eligible, the student must submit a written appeal to the Scholarship Committee explaining the special circumstances, and provide appropriate documentation pertaining to the request. The Scholarship Committee will render decisions on a case-by-case basis.) Graduate students must enroll for at least 6 credits per semester (including registering for performance lessons on their principal instrument and participating in an approved ensemble) and show that they are making reasonable progress toward their degree in music. (NOTE: In special cases a student enrolling for fewer than 6 credits may qualify for a scholarship. To be eligible, the student must submit a written appeal to the Scholarship Committee explaining the special circumstances, and provide appropriate documentation pertaining to the request. The Scholarship Committee will render decisions on a case by case basis.) 

Scholarship students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). If a scholarship student does not maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or falls below a suitable level of academic or musical performance, he or she will be put on probation for one (the following) semester. If the student continues below level in academic or musical performance during the semester of probation, the student will lose the scholarship. The student may re-apply for a scholarship award after one semester at the appropriate academic and music performance level. (Note: Freshman may be allowed one additional semester of probation. The Scholarship Committee will render decisions on a case by case basis.) 

Criteria for Scholarship Award 

Students must meet minimum eligibility requirements above. However, not all students who meet the minimum eligibility requirements are awarded scholarships.

If a student meets the minimum eligibility requirements above, and is deemed deserving of receiving a scholarship by a consensus vote of his or her area faculty, scholarships will be awarded based on: 

  • assessment of the student's musical performance,
  • assessment of the student's academic performance,
  • assessment of the student's steady and timely progress toward degree.
Performance in an approved performing organization is required of any student receiving a scholarship.

String, Wind, Brass, Percussion, and Harp Students in Music Education and Performance must:

  • perform in Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, or Symphony Band
  • perform at departmental fundraising activities
  • usher or turn pages for three concerts per semester. Students e-mail ushers@uwm.edu to sign up and then they will be contacted with opportunities for ushering
  • serve as monitor at the WSMA state contest (late April or early May)
Singers must:
  • sing in the Concert Chorale, University Choir, and/or Women's Chorus as assigned
  • sing in UWM Opera Theatre as assigned
  • assist at departmental fundraising activities
  • usher or turn pages for three concerts per semester (students must sign up with the Music Department Office)
  • serve as monitor at the WSMA state contest (late April or early May) and NATS when held at UWM 
Pianists must:
  • perform in Orchestra or Wind Ensemble or sing in Concert Chorale, University Choir, Women's Chorus, or enroll in Accompanying 660-259 or accompany students as directed by the Piano faculty
  • assist at departmental fundraising activities
  • usher or turn pages for three concerts per semester (students must sign up in the Music Department Office)
  • serve as monitor at the WSMA state contest (late April or early May) 
Music History/Literature students must:
  • perform in Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Collegium, Concert Chorale, Women's Chorus, or University Choir
  • assist at departmental fundraising activities
  • usher or turn pages for three concerts per semester (students must sign up in the Music Department Office)
  • serve as monitor at the WSMA state contest (late April or early May)
Music Composition/Technology students must:
  • perform in an approved ensemble (according to the recommendation of the teacher)
  • serve as a monitor in the Computer Music Lab or assist the Electroacoustic Music Center Concert Coordinator
  • assist at departmental fundraising activities
  • serve as monitor at the WSMA state contest (late April or early May)
Guitar students must:
  • perform in an approved ensemble (fingerstyle ensembles, jazz ensembles, or other Department of Music approved major ensembles, according to the recommendation of their teacher)
  • assist at departmental fundraising activities
  • usher or turn pages for three concerts per semester (students must sign up in the Music Department Office)
  • serve as monitor at the WSMA state contest (late April or early May)

Terms of Scholarship

Scholarships are normally awarded for one academic year, half the amount payable at the beginning of each semester. 

Students must meet all eligibility requirements and criteria in each semester. 

Scholarships are not automatically renewable. Students must reapply and re-audition (jury) each year for the following academic year.