School of Music

Music Scholarships

THE BLYLER AWARD FOR MUSICAL EXCELLENCE

This scholarship was established by Dr. Dorothy Blyler in memory of her parents. Dr. Blyler was a professor in the School of Music from 1949-1967. The recipient must have at least a 2.5 GPA (3.0 in music), have completed 2 years in the School of Music, and display a professional attitude toward music as evidenced by participation in performance groups and service to the School of Music. Amount varies.


REX AND ANN COLLINS JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship was established by Rex and Ann Collins to further solidify the WIU Jazz Studies Program as the premier jazz program in the region. Ann Collins earned her graduate and undergraduate degree from WIU and taught in the School of Music for 29 years before retiring in 1997. She served as the Chair of the Department of Music for 9 years. This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen demonstrating significant talent in jazz on bass, guitar, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, or percussion. Student must participate in at least two School of Music ensembles. Amount varies.


THE LAURA BEU MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP This account became known to the WIU Foundation in 1982 when Dr. Frank Beu, President Emeritus of WIU, gave his last will and testament that would provide funding to WIU for the creation of 3 funds. Dr. Beu was a Professor of Education and President of WIU from 1942- 1957. The recipient must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have completed 1 year in the School of Music. Amount varies.


THE WALTER H. ELLER MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 1980 by Walter Eller, Associate Professor of Physics at WIU from 1920 until his retirement in 1956. Mr. Eller was Director of the WIU Band from 1920-1942 and composed the words and music for the WIU Fight Song “We Are Marching On”. This scholarship is to be presented annually to a junior member of the WIU Band. The recipient must have one of the top 3 GPA’s from all the applicants. Amount is $500 annually.


THE DR. A. OREN GOULD SCHOLARSHIP

This account was established in 1982 by family and friends of Dr. A Oren Gould to honor his memory and to encourage outstanding instrumental music education students. Dr. Gould taught at WIU from 1948-1974 in both WIU Lab School of WIU Music Department. This award is made to a junior music major in instrumental music education. Recipient must have at least a 2.5 GPA (3.0 in music). Amount varies.


THE CLIFFORD A. AND ROSA JULSTROM SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 1987 by Dr. Clifford A. and Rosa Julstrom. Clifford came to WIU in 1936 and was Chairperson of the Music Department from 1949-1969. He organized, directed, and played violin in the first WIU Symphony. The recipient must be a junior music major in the string program, and earn at least 3.0 GPA. Amount varies.


THE ROSCOE G. LINDER BAND SCHOLARSHIP

This account was established in 1983 after Dr. Roscoe G. Linder made donations towards this endowment fund. Recipient should be at least a 2nd year band member in good standing and should be able to demonstrate dependability, leadership qualities and service to the School of Music. Recipient music have at least a 3.0 GPA, show potential for growth as a private instructor, band director, performer, or composer, and show some achievement and excellence in some area of instrumental music. Amount varies.


THE JAMES MAGSIG COLLABORATIVE PIANO SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established as an endowment through the generosity of James Magsig. Jim was a Professor of Music at WIU for many years. The recipient for this scholarship must be a music major, in good academic standing, and demonstrate a record of outstanding work as an accompanist in either the School of Music or for entering students, in the student’s prior experience. Financial need can be a consideration. Amount Varies.


THE LILLIAN RUTH ROBERTSON SCHOLARSHIP IN PIANO

This scholarship was established in 1984 by Ms. Virginia Erman in honor of her mother Lillian Ruth Robertson. The recipient(s) for this scholarship must be an incoming, freshman, female music major whose primary instrument is the piano. The award is based on performance as determined by audition, with academic record taken into consideration. Amount varies.


THE LILLIAN RUTH ROBERTSON SCHOLARSHIP IN VOICE

This scholarship was established in 1984 by Ms. Virginia Erman in honor of her mother Lillian Ruth Robertson. The recipient(s) for this scholarship must be an incoming, freshman, female music major. Amount Varies.


THE LILLIAN RUTH ROBERTSON SCHOLARSHIP IN STRINGS

This scholarship was established in 1984 by Ms. Virginia Erman in honor of her mother Lillian Ruth Robertson. The recipient(s) for this scholarship must be a music major, and participate in ensembles. Amount varies.


THE BESSIE MYERS MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

This fund was established in 1990 by Ms. Bessie Myers through a bequest. Ms. Myers was a faculty member in the Department of English from 1929-2938. She had a love for the arts and music and was an extensive traveler and supporter of the WIU international programs. Recipient(s) must demonstrate significant musical talent and be a music major. Financial need is considered. Amount varies.


THE HUGO MAGLIOCCO TROMBONE SCHOLARSHIP

Upon retirement after a 36-year career, WIU’s first trombone instructor, Dr. Hugo Magliocco, established this scholarship through the WIU Foundation. The recipient(s) of this award must be an international student or an African American/Hispanic American student, be a new student to WIU, and must have earned and continue to maintain a talent service award through the School of Music. The scholarship is renewable for up to 8 continuous semesters as long as the student remains a full-time and continues to study trombone. The student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in music (excluding all ensemble grades), and an overall 2.5 GPA. Amount varies.


THE JANE LANIER SYNOVITZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This account was established in 1980 by Dr. Robert J. Synovitz, WIU professor, in memory of his late wife Jane Lanier Synovitz. Recipient of this award must be a junior, female, have at least a 2.8 GPA, be an outstanding vocalist, and major in music. Amount varies.


THE WANNINGER FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Wanninger Foundation was established in 1984 by the children of Forrest and Mary Wanninger in recognition of their parents’ long dedication to the teaching of music and English. This award is rotated annually between the School of Music and Department of English. Scholarships are available to students whose educational careers were interrupted for at least two years and now have decided to continue their education. Recipients must be full time and pursuing a degree in either education, liberal arts in education, or vocal performance. Undergraduate recipients must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Graduate recipients must have a 3.0 GPA. Amount varies.


WIU VOCAL JAZZ

The scholarship was originally established in late 1977 by Dr. and Mrs. James L Conley in support of the WIU Newcomers. Recipients must be a member of the WIU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, including band members. Amount varies.


NAMM AWARD

$1000 each year is given by the National Association of Music Merchants to Music Business major(s) who have successfully completed 4 semesters of Music Theory, 4 semesters of Applied Study, Economics and Accounting, and earn a high GPA. Recipients are expected to attend the NAMM Show and must plan to intern in the music products industry. Application should be made to Courtney Blankenship and selection is made by NAMM.


TOM WOOD CLARINET SCHOLARSHIP

The Tom Wood Scholarship was established in 1992 by family and friends in memory of Tom Wood, a prominent Illinois jazz clarinetist. Recipients must be music performance or music education major with clarinet as their primary instrument and demonstrate significant musical talent. Financial need is considered. Continued growth and participation in the School of Music as a major will be part of the criteria for renewability. Amount Varies.


THE RUBY MILLER RAGLIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN MUSIC

The Ruby Miller Raglin Memorial Scholarship in Music was established in 1999 by the Orpha Raglin Welke Estate to provide scholarship assistance to outstanding students in music performance. Recipient(s) must be a music major, participate in ensembles, and demonstrate potential to become a professional musician. They must also demonstrate dependability, leadership, and service to the School of Music, and outstanding musicianship. Amount varies.


THE BRUCE GARDNER SINGER SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 2001 by Associate Professor of Music Emeritus R. Bruce Gardner and his wife Lila L. Gardner to encourage the attraction, retention and development of outstanding singers in the School of Music. Recipients must be a vocal music major, and must demonstrate a combination of performance quality and perceived vocal potential. Preference is to be given to tenors. Award is in the amount of $1000 per year.


THE GRANT AND KATHRYN SHANKLIN SCHOLARSHIP

The Grant and Kathryn Shanklin Scholarship was established to honor Grant and Kathryn Shanklin, who were both active in the Macomb community through their lives. The recipient should demonstrate significant musical talent, be a second year music major, and earn at least a 3.0 GPA. Financial need may be considered. Amount varies.


THE ANN COLLINS JAZZ PIANO SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in May 2003 by Ann and Rex Collins. Ann Collins is Professor Emeritus of Music and served as Chair of the department before her retirement in 2003. She earned her BS in music and MA in music from WIU. Recipients must demonstrates significant musical talent in jazz piano performance, be a major or minor and earn at least a 3.0 GPA. Amount varies.


THE RHODA BUTLER COLLABORATIVE PIANO SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established and funded by Rhoda Grass Butler. She enriched lives of many within the community and university since her arrival to Macomb in 1969. She has worked as an active accompanist in the Macomb area for more than 40 years and as a staff accompanist for the WIU School of Music from 1990-2002. Recipient must be an upperclassman or graduate in the School of Music, have at at least a 3.0 GPA, and demonstrates a record of active and outstanding work as an accompanist in either the WIU School of Music, or for entering students, in the student’s prior experience. Music majors will be given priority. Amount varies.


THE DALE HOPPER JAZZ STUDIES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 2003 at the request of Debra Miller. In 2005, additional monies were added to the fund from the memorial of Dale Hopper upon his passing. This fund was endowed in hopes of honoring Dale in perpetuity. He was a legendary director of the WIU band and jazz program. Recipients must be a music major, and demonstrate significant musical talent in jazz performance and excellent service to WIU jazz ensembles. Amount varies.


THE VIOLET H. POPPLETON SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 2004 by Violet H. Poppleton’s children, Terry Poppleton, Nancy Krey, and Jill Zeitlin through the WIU Foundation. Mrs. Poppleton’s greatest love was music, and it is the family’s hope that this award will help a female voice major in the School of Music, not only to cultivate her musical talents, but also to foster the same passion for music which Vi Poppleton enjoyed throughout her lifetime. Amount varies.


DAVID AND SUSAN REEM SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EXCELLENCE

The Reems were motivated to establish these scholarships by the extremely positive experience their sons, John and Dan, enjoyed while students at WIU. These annual scholarships reward undergraduate musical excellence in the areas of voice (baritone), horn and strings. Recipients must be a junior or rising junior music major or a transfer music major entering as a junior or senior, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and participate in the ensembles. Amount varies.


THE GENE MICHAEL GOAD SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established by Sue and Brett Goad in memory of their son, Gene. Gene was born in Macomb, IL and returned there after high school to complete his Associate Degree from Spoon River College. Brett Goad, Gene’s father, graduated from WIU with both his bachelor and master’s degrees in choral music. Music played a big part in Gene’s life so this fund was established to help a WIU juniors in choral music education. Recipients must have at least a 2.5 GPA (3.0 in music) and participate in at least 2 ensembles. Award amounts to $1500 per year.


DR. CLAUDIA MCCAIN MUSIC BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP

This account was established in March of 2007 in honor of Dr. McCain who taught in the School of Music for over 20 years. It’s intent is to support students who demonstrate outstanding qualities in work ethic, leadership, experience and knowledge or a particular field of music business, and involvement in ensembles. Recipients must be a senior, music business major and earn at least a 3.0 GPA. Amount varies.


DR. TANYA LESINSKY CAREY SUZUKI FUND SCHOLARSHIP

The WIU Suzuki Strings Program has been granting scholarships since its inception in 1972. The origin of the funds was from the donation of free lesson fees paid by Suzuki families for Almita Vamos and Tanya Carey. In 1999, after the termination of the WIU Suzuki Program, the scholarship was renamed in honor of Tanya Lesinsky Carey. Recipients must be a string music major. Amount varies.


CLAIRE AND HAZEL FAUST HORN SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 2011 by Randall and Sharon Faust in memory of his parents, Claire and Hazel Faust. Dr. Faust’s father was a musician and band director and his mother a local piano teacher. Together, they instilled in Randall a love for music and provided the direction that led Randall to the Horn (formerly known as the French Horn). Recipients must be a returning music major, enrolled in horn lessons, have at least a 3.0 GPA, actively participate in the chamber music ensembles, and support the WIU Horn Festival outreach. Award amounts to $1000 per year.


GOLDEN LYRE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Illinois Federation of Music Clubs, as a member of the National Federation of of Music Clubs, voted at the State Board meeting to award a gift of $250 annually to WIU from the Golden Lyre Foundation. Recipient should be a music major who demonstrates outstanding musical talent.


HEI CHU AND HYUNG JA KIM PIANO SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Hei Chu Kim by Hyung Ja Kim and her family to support piano study in the WIU School of Music. Dr. Kim joined the Sociology Department at WIU in 1968 and taught until his death in 1978. His love for classical music, especially violin and cello, influenced his sons, Benny and Eric, to become professional musicians. Benny is a violinist and Eric is a cellist. Hyung Ja Kim earned her Master’s Degree in voice from WIU in 1972. Mrs. Kim taught at WIU in the music department from 1978 until her retirement in 2006. Recipients should be an international piano student. Preference is given to Korean students. Amount varies.


CHAROLETTE MEGGINSON ENDOWED VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP After having taught for 35 years, Charolette Megginson established the Charolette Megginson Endowed Scholarship as a gift to show her love for performing and the students whom she taught at WIU. Seeing the need for supporting young singers and believing in the School of Music at WIU, she wanted to give back to the students who are actively performing at WIU, in the Macomb community and other venues. Recipient must be a vocal music major, active in Opera Workshop and NATS, and have at least a 3.0 GPA (3.5 in music). Amount varies.


RICHARD CHEADLE PERCUSSION SCHOLARSHIP

The Richard Cheadle Percussion Scholarship was established Feb 2015 to provide an annual award to a WIU percussion student in honor of Dr. Cheadle. Students must be a percussion music major and be active in both steel band and concert venues. Amount varies.