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Music Scholarship Opportunities

Music Grants

Music Grants are highly competitive awards for incoming students who plan to major in music. Awards range from $1000-6000/year and are awarded based on a student’s musical background, entrance audition, and potential for musical success. These awards are renewable for up to eight semesters assuming students consistently meet the requirements of the award (including a 3.0 GPA, participation in all assigned performance ensembles, and progress towards degree completion). Music Grants support the university mission by defining a core of highly-skilled and diverse musicians in all performance ensembles who help maintain an outstanding artistic ensemble experience for all students, community members, and audiences. Apply Now


Athletic Bands

The WKU Athletic Bands represent the largest and most diverse student organization(s) on campus. All students who fully participate in the Big Red Marching Band receive a scholarship of $1000. For every consecutive year of participation the award increases by $200 for up to four years (freshmen $1000, sophomores $1200, juniors $1400, and seniors $1600). Additional awards exist for participation in the Basketball and Volleyball Pep Bands.


Baker Scholarship Awards

The Jerry E. Baker Student Scholarship Fund for Music supports music majors, minors, and graduate music students in their academic studies, performance experiences, and study abroad opportunities. Students are considered for awards each semester by recommendation of the department head and/or music scholarship committee. Mr. Baker was a long-time supporter of WKU, the Department of Music, and the Symphony/Strings program. The WKU Department of Music is grateful for the continued support of music scholarships from the Jerry E. Baker Foundation.


Endowed Awards

The Department of Music is grateful for the financial support of alumni, faculty, community members and patrons who contribute to the many endowed scholarships that exist for WKU musicians. These one-year awards are given to returning students, nominated and identified by the music faculty, who demonstrate academic and performance excellence as well as strong personal qualities in character, leadership, and citizenship.


Music Department Racial Equity Scholarship

The Department of Music is proud to offer the Racial Equity Scholarship to provide support to students who have financial need and demonstrate characteristics that support WKU’s goal of promoting a diverse student body as a critical component to its educational mission. Applicants must be incoming students majoring in music (with a successful audition), complete the award application below, and include a 500 word statement to be chosen from the topics listed below. Award recipients must maintain full-time status as a music major, a cumulative GPA of 2.8 in all WKU courses, and high standards of character and leadership among peers. The $1000 annual award is renewable for up to four years. Apply Now


  • All WKU Scholarship recipients must apply for consideration through TOPDollar. This application should be updated annually by February 1.
  • Additional WKU and Academic Scholarship information can be found here.


University Scholarship and Financial Aid

Western Kentucky University offers a wide-array of scholarships, awards and loans.  The WKU Office of Financial Aid should be your first stop in pursuing financial aid.  Students of WKU should also check the Office of Scholar Development for opportunities to support their research, travel, and creative endeavors.

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Western Kentucky University is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1948.


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 Last Modified 1/31/24