College of Fine & Performing Arts

Music Department Scholarships

Scholarship Eligibility

All WWU students are eligible for music scholarships through an Entrance Audition during primary audition dates. 

Students who receive a music scholarship must enroll in a major ensemble, as well as private lessons according to their area of study. Scholarships are generally awarded for one academic year, but four-year scholarships are occasionally awarded in some performing areas. 

Awarding Process

Incoming/New Students

Scholarships are awarded to all incoming/new students through the completion of an Entrance Audition on primary audition dates. Auditions requested after primary audition dates are for major and minor consideration only. A student who has missed our primary audition dates may complete an audition the following year for scholarship consideration. 

Scholarships are awarded to incoming students based on the following factors:

  • demonstrated skill-level in an applied audition on an instrument or voice
  • academic achievement and professionalism
  • departmental needs
  • total number of applicants on an instrument, in area, or in department
  • financial need
  • award availability and criteria

Returning Students

All returning students are eligible for scholarships based on merit, progress, and growth during their time in a major ensemble and/or private instruction. We award returning student scholarships at the end of every spring quarter for the following academic year. An application will be available for each area during Spring quarter. 


Incoming/new students will be notified of scholarship results via email after the conclusion of our primary audition dates. Returning students will be notified through their official western email the week following finals Spring quarter. Please contact Lee Anne Frahn with any questions regarding this process.​


The Western Washington University Department of Music is proud to support its students' thanks to the generous donations of the following scholarship funds:

  • William D. Cole Scholarship
  • Arthur C. Hicks Piano Scholarship
  • Ford Hill Piano Scholarship
  • Albert C. Shaw Music Education Scholarship
  • Virginia Hunter Voice Scholarship
  • L. Mildred Hurd Memorial Scholarship
  • Rhoda Carrick Keagle Music Scholarship
  • Music Merit Department Scholarship
  • Ada and Don Walter Endowment Fund
  • Dorothy Kirk Westman Scholarship in Music
  • Dee Bergholz Music Scholarship
  • Dr. Willard A. and Anne W. Brown Music Endowment
  • Frances Jean Miller Endowment
  • Woodwind Endowment
  • Wilhite Family Music Scholarship
  • Brass Performance Scholarship Endowment
  • Gregory Cox Music Scholarship
  • Gene Zoro Clarinet Scholarship Endowment
  • Peter A. Botting Scholarship
  • William Sanford Piano Scholarship
  • String Scholarship
  • Christopher Bianco Music Scholarship
  • Music Department Scholarship
  • Murray Music Scholarship
  • Terry Clark Music Scholarship

College of Fine and Performing Arts

Dean's Scholarship

Dean's scholarships are open to returning undergraduate students in one of the CFPA departments studying for a degree from the College of Fine and Performing Arts.
Note: All application materials must be submitted in a single packet. Incomplete, late, and/or emailed applications will not be accepted.
DEADLINE: in March each year