Scholarships and Awards

The Woodruff and Dean’s Music Scholarships

The Department of Music offers a number of Woodruff and Dean’s Music Scholarships for instrumental and vocal students. 

Music Woodruff Scholarships can be full tuition or full tuition, room and board; Dean’s Music Scholarships can be half, two-thirds or full tuition. Scholarships are tenable for four years and are available to incoming freshmen only. Candidates for these scholarships must show exceptional promise and be playing at an advanced level.

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.

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 2017.

Students interested in Music Scholarships should submit a music résumé and a DVD or CD recording representative of their performances, or links to online audio or video. Students are also strongly encouraged to consider an on-campus audition in the Fall to meet faculty and current students, take a consultation lesson, and experience the Music facilities and campus.

All applicants will be considered for both scholarships.

All materials must be submitted and live auditions completed by December 9. 2016.

Prospective students should submit all materials and any questions to Dr. Richard Prior, Director of Orchestral and Performance Studies and coordinator of the Music Scholarships.


Finalists for the Woodruff Scholarship have been notified. Finalists for the Dean's Music Scholarship will be notified in mid-March, 2017.  Thank you to all who applied!

Music Department Scholarships for Private Lessons

Several partial scholarships are available to deserving students who are enrolled in private lessons and participate in music performance. Students who receive an award must enroll in MUS 310 or 320 and fulfill all requirements of the course.

Boykin Scholarships
Open to all students enrolled in music ensembles with financial need. 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. 

The McKay Family 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.


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. 

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 ( by January 31, 2017. 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.

From the Heart Award
This award is provided by a generous donation of Janie and Wayne Alexander, on behalf of the Emory Friends of Music in memory of Dr. Louise Cording. At the end of each academic year, the music faculty selects an undergraduate student who best communicates with passion the emotional language of music to the listener from the heart. The award is accompanied by a cash prize. By faculty decision; restricted only to performing/playing/singing students. 

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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