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Scholarship Qualification and Retention Policy

Scholarship recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who fall below a 3.0 GPA will lose their eligibility to receive music scholarships and grants until such time as the GPA is raised.

Scholarship recipients whose grades fall below 3.0, but who are close to and making a reasonable effort to meet the standard can petition the Department for a one-semester extension before losing their eligibility. If they fail to meet the standard after the one semester extension, they will lose scholarship/grant eligibility until the standard is met.

Scholarship recipients are expected to attend classes regularly. Faculty reports of recipients frequently missing classes will result in the loss of scholarship/grant eligibility.

Graduate scholarship recipients must be enrolled in at least 6 units of course work in order to receive a scholarship or grant. Scholarship or grant recipients who drop classes during the semester, resulting in a total unit enrollment below the required minimum, will be expected to repay the scholarship or grant to the Music Department.

Scholarship recipients are expected to make steady progress toward the completion of the degree within the normal time line, 2-3 years. Those who fail to complete the degree in a timely fashion will lose scholarship eligibility.

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Music Scholarships

  • Melvin Baddin Memorial Grant. Preference given to a string player.
  • Juanita Barnett Choral Scholarship. For a student in choral music.
  • Roland P. Beiden Memorial Scholarship. Preference given to a pianist.
  • Charlotte Chilpigian Memorial Fund Scholarship. For a full time undergraduate vocal or part time graduate choral/vocal student
  • Bud Easton Scholarship. For students participating in the Fresno State Jazz program.
  • Richard L. Grauel Memorial Woodwind Scholarship. For woodwind players.
  • Martha Hagan Memorial Scholarship in Music. For a sophomore, junior, or senior music major who shows excellent promise and has demonstrated financial need.
  • Amparo Iturbi Memorial Scholarship. For a piano student.
  • Philip Lorenz Piano Scholarship. For a piano student.
  • Music Teacher Association of California, Fresno County Branch Scholarship.
  • Allen Skei Musicology Scholarship. Preference given to music majors with a special interest in musicology.
  • Arthur C. Wahlberg Family Scholarship. Preference given to a student in vocal or choral music.
  • Frank Wells Memorial Scholarship. For students in the Fresno State Marching Band.
  • Miriam Fox Withrow Scholarship in Piano. For a piano student.
  • Zalud Music Scholarship. For a student in voice.
  • President's Quintet. Special award to five students entering together as freshmen.
  • Clendenin Scholarship for Brass Quintet. Special award to five brass students.
  • San Joaquin Valley Chapter, American Guild of Organists Scholarship. For study of the organ.
  • Pearl B. Winter Memorial Scholarship. For studies in Early Music.
  • Music Department Endowment Fund Scholarships. Any music major.
  • Russell & Maxine Howland Memorial Scholarship. Any music major studying clarinet.
  • Loretta Ann Price Awards. Any music major and a graduate who is in the credential program.

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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants are identified as needed by full time faculty. These positions are intended to provide the student with an apprenticeship experience and with financial support for graduate education. University policy mandates that graduate assistants (and teaching associates, see below) be appointed only in fields related to their advance study. Full assistantships require a maximum of 20 hours per week of service and may not be appointed concurrently in other CSU job classifications. Graduate assistants work under the close supervision of full time faculty. They are limited to assisting full time faculty members in undergraduate lower division courses (lecture, studio, lab), but are not responsible for instructional content, for selection of student assignments, for planning of examinations, or for determining term grade for students, nor are they assigned any instructional responsibilities.

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Teaching Associates

Teaching associateships are sometimes available depending on the curricular needs of the department. Graduate students with at least conditional classified standing and who are currently enrolled in six units or more of graduate courses in the department of music are eligible to apply for a teaching associateship. Under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty, teaching associates will be given assignments that contribute significantly to the student's graduate work and educational experience. Teaching assignments include: teaching a lower division introductory course, assisting faculty in the reading of papers, grading examinations, and/or performing other assignments supportive of university instruction.

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