Department of Music


Students applying to Auburn University should explore the numerous and varied scholarship opportunities at the University, College and Department levels. All students, including returning Auburn University students, seeking scholarship consideration must apply through the Auburn University Scholarship Manager AUSOM and adhere to the published deadlines. Interested students can apply for all institutional scholarships using this online application once each academic year. The application deadline is January 15, 2019. 

Auburn University recognizes the importance of a quality education and we are dedicated to helping you find a way to achieve your higher education goals. A number of scholarships are awarded annually by the Office of University Scholarships, including four-year, renewable Freshman Scholarships for incoming freshmen and one-year General Scholarships for new and current students. Departmental Scholarships are also awarded each year to new and current students by the various colleges and schools on campus. In addition, External Scholarships are applied directly to students’ university billing accounts by the Office of University Scholarships. Detailed information on University scholarships can be found on the following link:

Office of University Scholarships page

College of Liberal Arts Scholarships

The College of Liberal Arts provides College and Departmental Scholarships to eligible incoming and returning students. Students can easily search, review requirements, apply, and accept awards for available scholarship opportunities. There are three kinds of competitive College of Liberal Arts Scholarships for which all CLA undergraduates may apply: General Academic Scholarships; Academic Enrichment Scholarships; and, Opportunities for Undergraduate Research in CLA Fellowships. Detailed information on the College of Liberal Arts scholarships can be found on the following link:

College of Liberal Arts Scholarships page 

Department of Music Scholarships

A variety of music scholarships are available for music majors and non-music majors depending on a successful audition. In addition to the AUSOM application, all music and ensemble scholarships require an audition. Unless otherwise noted, scholarship audition requirements are the same as the requirements found on the Auditions page. Incoming students who complete the AUSOM application and audition successfully, either online or on campus, will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. No scholarships can be awarded without successful admittance into Auburn University. Returning students seeking ensemble or independent scholarships should consult the appropriate coordinator or director for more information. Eligibility and additional requirements vary and can be found on the links below. The audition deadline is February 14, 2020. 

Department of Music Scholarship Guidelines

Music Major Scholarships

Prospective students wanting to major in the following degrees: Bachelor of Music (Performance), Bachelor of Arts in Music, and/or Bachelor of Music Education must complete a Department of Music application, audition successfully either online or on campus and complete the AUSOM application to be considered for these merit-based awards. The audition deadline is February 14, 2020. 


Non-music Major Scholarships 

Prospective students not majoring in music require participation in an AU music ensemble. Awards are made based on playing ability and the instrumentation needs for each ensemble. Students must complete a Department of Music application, audition successfully either online or on campus and complete the AUSOM application to be considered for these merit-based awards. 

Band Students: Please visit the AU Band website, scholarship page

Choir Students: Please visit the AU Choral Scholarships page to learn about choral scholarships available to music majors and non-music majors.

The audition deadline is February 14, 2020. 


Independent Scholarships

The John W. Tamblyn Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes outstanding student achievement and talent. Eligibility is open to Auburn University students of all majors who participate in the musical activities of the Department of Music for the duration of the award. Incoming freshman may audition as a high school senior, but must enroll at Auburn to receive the award. Auditions are held each spring for the following academic year. Awards of up to $1,000 are for one year and are not renewable, but previous winners are eligible.
Information and Application

Alma Dark Howard Memorial Music Scholarship

This scholarship is available for graduate studies and identifies and supports the advanced training of talented musicians who are also dedicated community servants. Eligibility is limited to seniors and recent graduates of the five schools in which Alma Dark had a special interest (Auburn University, Campbell University, Greensboro College, Mars Hill College and Meredith College). The faculty of each school selects candidates who audition for an outside panel of judges and interview with a scholarship committee.

The Glenn F. Gross Memorial Scholarship

George and Charlotte Gross established this scholarship in memory of their son, Glenn Gross. A senior at Auburn in 1987, his untimely death cut short a promising career in music education and church music. Glenn's career would have enriched the quality of life in others through his teaching and service. This memorial scholarship will help ensure that future musicians and educators might go forth in his place. For further information:
Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Foundation
P.O. Box 8066
Dothan, Alabama 36304

Blanca Renard Award

Established in 1964 by friends of Senora Blanca Renard, this award is given each year to a music student for excellence in performance. The music department faculty selects recipients of this award based on merit. Senora Renard was a distinguished Chilean pianist, teacher and member of the Auburn faculty until her untimely death in 1963.

Last Updated: July 23, 2019