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Music Awards and Scholarships

Student playing keyboardMusic scholarships are available to incoming music majors who, after a successful audition, are deemed to have exceptional musical talent and potential for musical achievement. The deadline for awarding incoming scholarships is the end of February of the preceding academic year. Auditions must be scheduled prior to that date. These awards are renewable annually provided the recipient meets expected standards of musical achievement and service responsibilities to the University.

Endowed scholarships and awards are presented to current music majors.

The Borrelli Family Award – In memory of Rocco N. and Sara. J. Borrelli, this endowed scholarship honors a junior or senior music student who has given evidence of musical talent development, particularly through performance during his/her collegiate study.  In addition, the student’s talent must be evident in his/her musical studies and activities.  The faculty has the responsibility of selecting the recipient, who is then recognized at the Fall Honors Convocation.

The Almira Doutt Memorial Award – Established in memory of Almira Doutt, this award is made in the form of an endowed scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a sophomore, junior, or senior music major who has financial need and who has proven him/herself to be an accomplished musician and a good student.  The award is renewable, and the recipient is selected by the music faculty.

The Cheryl Thatcher Award – Awarded in memory of Cheryl Thatcher, this endowed scholarship is given to an undergraduate traditional music student or CLL student in Music Therapy who demonstrates outstanding musical accomplishment.  This award is renewable, and the recipient is selected by the music faculty.

The Pi Kappa Lambda Applied Music (Harpsichord) Scholarship – The Immaculata University chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda (Delta Psi) recognizes students whose musical and academic work is outstanding.  Generally, this scholarship is awarded to a music student who is interested in the study of harpsichord as an extension of his/her major performance area in piano or organ. Any music major may apply for this scholarship, and the recipient is selected by the music faculty.

The Immaculata Symphony Scholarship – This four-year scholarship is awarded to a deserving orchestral student (preference in strings) who is recommended by the Music Department and approved by the Immaculata Symphony Board of Directors.  Criteria for renewal include maintaining the highest levels of performance, being enrolled and in good standing in the Immaculata Symphony each semester for four years, and maintaining an overall GPA of 2.5.

The Rev. William Campbell Music Medal – The Reverend William E. Campbell Medal for Music is generally awarded at Commencement to the graduating music major in the College of Undergraduate Studies with the highest music GPA.  However, the department faculty have the prerogative of awarding the medal at times to a music major who, in addition to high achievement in music courses, has attained extraordinary levels of excellence in performance.

Trieste Musa Rao Music Scholarship – The Trieste Musa Rao Music Scholarship is an endowed scholarship awarded to full-time music majors who demonstrate exceptional musical talent and potential and who have financial need.  This award is non-renewable.

Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award – This annual music award is given by the Presser Foundation and is awarded as a music scholarship to an outstanding student musician and scholar at the end of his/her junior year.  Any qualified junior (rising senior) who has at least one full year left in their degree program may apply for this award.  It is a nationally recognized and prestigious award which is presented officially at Immaculata’s Fall Honors Convocation.  The Music Department faculty have the responsibility of selecting the student recipient, who will be known as the Presser Scholar.  This music award is based on overall outstanding musical and academic accomplishment.

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