Scholarships and Awards for Music Students

Scholarships for Prospective Students

The Woodruff Music Scholarships

The Department of Music offers a number of Woodruff Music Scholarships (open to incoming freshmen only) tenable for all four years of study. Woodruff Scholarships can be full tuition or full tuition, room and board (a current total value of over $245,000). These scholarship opportunities are available for candidates who demonstrate exceptional and advanced talent in music performance in addition to exemplary academics. 

Music Scholars are usually Music Majors but it is not a requirement to major in music as a recipient of the scholarship. It is actually quite typical of the vast majority of Emory undergraduates (upwards of 90%) to be double majors in a broad range of subjects while pursuing paths including pre-med, pre-law, business, the humanities, the pure sciences, social sciences and the Arts. The ensemble rosters for the symphony orchestra and wind ensemble are excellent examples of the diversity found in our community of music students.

In order to be considered, candidates must apply for the Emory Scholars Program by the deadline of November 15th, 2019 and have completed a live (in person) audition by December 4th, 2019Auditions may be scheduled by contacting Dr. Paul Bhasin.

Audition requirements can be found on our Auditions page.

Candidates should contact the appropriate Area Coordinator by email for questions regarding the content and expectations of the audition:

Orchestral Studies (strings and harp)and Wind Studies (all winds and percussion):

          Paul Bhasin

Piano: Elena Cholakova

Voice: Bradley Howard

Jazz: Gary Motley

Finalists for Music Scholarships will be invited to campus to participate in the Emory Scholar's Finalists Visit program to be held in late March/early April 2020. Students are also strongly encouraged to take the opportunity to meet faculty and current students, take a consultation lesson and experience the Music facilities on campus.

All applicants for the Music Woodruffs will also be considered for a Music Liberal Arts Scholarship.

Music Liberal Arts Scholarships

Emory College also has available a number of Music Liberal Arts Scholarships; these are open to all students regardless of choice of major. Students in all application pools will be invited to submit recordings or links to materials throughout the various admisisons cycles.

Prospective students should direct all questions to Dr. Paul Bhasin:

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Scholarships and Awards for Current Students

Music Department Scholarships for Private Lessons

Several partial scholarships are available to students who are enrolled in private lessons (MUS 310 or MUS 320) and participate in the Department's ensembles fulfilling all requirements of the courses.

Boykin Scholarships
Open to all students with financial need who are enrolled in the Deaprtment's ensembles. Students may be nominated or they may indicate their interest to their performance area coordinator.

Edward Goodwin Scruggs Lesson Scholarships
Open to majors and non-majors (winds, percussion and strings) who audition successfully into the University Symphony Orchestra.  Awards can be partial or full toward the cost of lessons. Merit-based awards determined by faculty decision.

Friends of Music Choral Scholarship
Open to all students enrolled in a choral ensemble for private voice lessons.  Awards determined by application and faculty decision.

Friends of Music Private Lessons Scholarship
Merit-based; awards determined by faculty nomination and decision.

Music Department Grants and Awards

Atlanta Symphony Chorus Robert Shaw Memorial: Outstanding Singer Award
This $1500 scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding music major who is studying voice and is a rising junior. Students seeking this award contact a member of the voice faculty no later than April 1 of the sophomore year. The scholarship will be granted for both the student's junior and senior years. Award determined by faculty decision.

Blumenthal Award
The Katherine Blumenthal Award is funded by a generous endowment to the Department of Music. Ms. Blumenthal was a music major at Emory from 1996 to 2000 with interests in vocal performance and composition. Students performing a junior, senior, or honors solo recital are eligible to apply. Selection criteria include the merit of the proposed project and the faculty's assessment of the student's work to that point.

Awards may be used to commission a new work to be performed by the student and/ or to hire musicians in the performance of a recently composed work. Composers and Jazz Musicians may use the award to hire musicians in the performance of original compositions. Interested students should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Open to music majors performing a junior, senior, or honors solo recital. Award determined by faculty decision.  Interested students should contact Dr. Paul Bhasin at

Friends of Music Awards
Each year two undergraduate students, a rising junior and a rising senior, will be recognized for excellence in music based on performance, academic excellence, leadership, and service. An honorarium is presented at the Friends of Music Annual Dinner. Awards determined by faculty nomination and decision. 

Friends of Music Research Grant
Open to junior and senior music majors working on research projects approved by the Research Committee; by application and faculty decision. Please submit a proposal of no more than 500 words to Stephen Crist ( Proposals should include: (1) a project description; (2) an explanation of how the project started and how it fits into the applicant's current degree program; (3) a description of how the funds will be used; and (4) a detailed budget. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

William Lemonds Award for Summer Study Abroad
The William Lemonds Award for Summer Study Abroad is made each spring to a voice or choral student entering a program of music study outside of the United States during the summer. Open to all students enrolled in a choral ensemble for at least three semesters by the end of May of the current academic year.

The amount of this award varies from year to year and certain conditions apply. Application forms are available in the Music Department office BRB 230, or via pdf file you can view and print: 

Application Form Word Doc  

Application Form PDF

Award determined by application and faculty decision.

Other ECAS Arts Awards

Emory Women's Club Arts Scholarship
The Women's Club Arts Scholarship was established by the Emory University Women's Club to recognize achievement by women in the arts at Emory. This scholarship rotates among Dance, Film and Media Studies, Music, and Theater Studies. Award determined by faculty nomination and decision.

Louis B. Sudler Prize in the Arts
The Sudler Prize in the Arts is awarded each year to the graduating senior or seniors who have demonstrated the highest standard of proficiency in one or more of the performing or creative arts. It may be given for performance, execution, or composition in the field of music, theater, dance, creative writing, film, visual arts, or allied areas of artistic endeavor. This prize, accompanied by a cash award of $6,000, is awarded at the College Honors Program each commencement. Nominations are made by arts departments and programs.

STIPE Society for Creative Scholars
The John H. Gordon Stipe Society was founded to foster creativity and original scholarship among Emory College students. The Stipe Society is comprised of six appointed scholars each year, one from each area of the creative and performing arts.  At the end of each academic year, the Music Department will nominate a rising junior or senior as a Stipe Society Scholar. The student will receive a cash prize and become eligible for additional project funding. Stipe Scholars are expected to have projects they wish to investigate or accomplish during their term, a demonstrated willingness to participate in community outreach, and a collaborative and appreciative approach to all of the arts. A 3.0 GPA is required.

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