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Unless stated otherwise, contact Department of Fine and Performing Arts, 660.562.1326, for application.
First-time Freshmen and Transfers
Most major-specific scholarships can be
A majority of the foundation and major-based scholarships can be applied for by completing the
Letters after the scholarship name indicate who may apply for the award:
[F] Freshman | [C] Continuing | [T] Transfer | [G] Graduate
These majors may also be eligible for the following College of Arts and Sciences scholarship:
Available to first-time and continuing students who are graduates of high schools in Worth, Gentry, Harrison, or Nodaway counties, who have declared a major in one of the disciplines housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and who are enrolled on a full-time basis at Northwest. This scholarship may be renewed by maintaining at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.
Awarded to an art major with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above. Recipient must be of sophomore standing or higher, of good moral character, and have attained grades of "C" or above in all art core courses completed at the time of application. Applicant must be a currently enrolled Northwest art major at the time of application completion.
Awarded to a junior art major with excellent academic standing to be used during their senior year. The recipient will show promise in the area of art, with preference given to students in ceramics and painting.
Awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior art major. Recipient must have a 2.50 GPA, be of good moral character, show promise for excellence in the area of art, declared an academic major in art, and have need of financial aid as determined by the faculty selection committee. Applicant must be a currently enrolled Northwest art major at the time of application completion.
Recipient shall be considered a full-time student and be classified as an undergraduate interactive digital media major that has made significant contributions to DigEM. December graduates may receive the award in its entirety during the fall session.
Recipient shall be a sophomore, junior or senior maintaining enrollment to be considered a full-time student. The recipient must have a minimum 3.00 GPA and shall have declared a major in art. Academic achievement and financial need will be leading criteria. This scholarship is awarded to one student.
Awarded to an art major.
Awarded to a junior or senior art major with studio specialization in ceramics and/or painting. Recipient must maintain a 3.00 GPA.
The Jeremy D. Barlow Memorial Music Scholarship will be awarded to a student who is enrolled in either applied piano and/or applied harpsichord at Northwest during the academic year of the award. In the event that no such applicant exists, a saxophonist may apply for this scholarship. The recipient must also be classified as a full-time student by the University and have/maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. The award will be divided equally between the fall and spring semesters, but December graduates may receive the award in its entirety during the fall session. Financial need will not be criteria for eligibility.
Awarded to a music major.
Applicants must have declared an academic major in the area of vocal music, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, and show financial need. Eligible applicants must be members of Northwest Celebration at the time of application as well as during the year for which the scholarship is awarded.
The John T. and Georgann B. Cook Jazz Band Scholarship is awarded to either an incoming freshman or continuing music student who desires to participate in the jazz program at Northwest. Individuals must declare either a major or minor in music and must maintain full-time enrollment at Northwest as well as enroll and successfully participate in the jazz ensemble throughout both trimesters of the scholarship. In addition, selection will be determined on talent and financial need.
This scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior returning active member of Sigma Alpha Iota who is in good standing with the organization, has exhibited loyalty to the fraternity, and maintained an active participation in the group. The applicant must be a member of a performing ensemble at Northwest, have a "B" average in applied studies, a 3.00 cumulative GPA in music courses, as well as a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. Recipient must maintain a 3.00 GPA.
Recipient shall be an entering freshman, a graduate of Maryville High School and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. The receipient shall show exemplary citizenship and dedication to the band program. Recipients shall have participated in instrumental performance groups in high school and be involved in instrumental performance at Northwest. Music faculty at Maryville High School will select recipient.
Please contact the Maryville High School Band Director for application, 660.562.3511
Awarded to music majors with a preference for instrumentalists.
Awarded to an outstanding music student who is entering their senior year of study at Northwest. Eligible applicants must have performed well in their private tuba lessons and have been successful in their theory and music history courses. Former recipients of this award are ineligible during subsequent years. Applicants must be enrolled at time of application.
Applicants must be a second trimester junior, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, be a music major, and at least a two-year member of MENC.
Awarded to a vocal music major with first preference given to a tenor.
Awarded to a Northwest student who currently is a member of the first Jazz Ensemble and who will return to Northwest to perform with the same group in the following academic year. Applicants must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, be enrolled as a full-time student with membership in either the Bearcat Marching Band, Wind Symphony, or Symphonic Band, participate in a service organization, and demonstrate financial need.
The Earle I. Moss Memorial ΦMA Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding sophomore or junior majoring in music at Northwest, who shows excellent ability in his or her applied area, to be used during his/her junior or senior year of study. The recipient must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 to be eligible and maintain it throughout the year of the award, as well as be a member of an instrumental or vocal ensemble. Students need not be members of the professional music fraternities to qualify, but membership in these organizations will be considered a positive factor when the selection committee makes its decision, as membership in these groups indicates a serious desire by the recipient to further the cause of music in the United States, and implies a professional attitude toward music.
Award is based on performance ability and academic excellence. This award is open to first-time and continuing students. Students may audition in one or more of the following areas: instrumental, vocal, keyboard and jazz. Recipients are not required to be music majors but must participate in musical activities. Auditions take place in February (call for specific dates) and must be scheduled in advance by appointment only.
Must contact the Department of Fine Arts, 660.562.1326, to request an audition application and more information or obtain the application form online:
The Ward Rounds Instrumental Music Scholarship will be awarded to a Northwest instrumental music education major, from the wind or percussion area, for use during the junior and/or senior year of study. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and maintain this throughout the award year, be enrolled as a full-time student, and continue with membership in the Bearcat Marching Band, Wind Symphony, and/or Jazz Ensemble. Potential applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities in the Northwest band program, participation in a music service organization, and demonstrate financial need. The recipient may reapply for the senior year if also selected for their junior year.
Eligible applicants must be a Northwest sophomore or junior instrumental music major, with the award being used during his/her junior or senior year. The recipient must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 to qualify, be in the process of completing the fourth trimester of study, and continue as a full-time instrumental music major during his/her junior year. The award is made on the basis of a recommendation from the instrumental music faculty and may be renewed for the senior year, provided the previous recipient reapplies and is selected. The student may be a wind, percussion or piano major.
Awarded to a Northwest student who is a junior returning as a senior music major. Must have a 4.00 GPA in piano and music history.
Available to any junior or senior participating in an instrumental performance group, regardless of major, based on contributions to the program, continuous participation, academic performance, and scholarship needs.
Awarded to a Northwest student who is currently a member of the Jazz Ensemble and will be returning to perform with the group during the following academic year. Recipient must have a 2.00 GPA and enroll in private study.
The Shelby Scholarship will be awarded to a freshman of good moral character and is to be used during his/her sophomore year at Northwest. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 to qualify and must maintain this GPA during their sophomore year. The recipient must be enrolled as full-time student at Northwest during the award year and major in vocal or piano areas, or be a choral ensemble participant.
Recipient of this award shall have a major in education, graduated from the Independence Missouri Public School District or Nodaway county high schools. Preference will be given to students majoring in music or business education.
Awarded to a sophomore music major who will be returning as a music major at Northwest for use during the junior year of study. The recipient will be selected from the applicants on the basis of having the highest GPA for the first three trimesters of work, maintaining at least a B average in applied lessons, and being enrolled as a full-time student during the fourth trimester of study.
The Merrill and Charlene Ostrus Staton Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a junior vocal music major who will return as a senior vocal music major at Northwest. To qualify for this award, applicants must have completed five trimesters of work with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, be enrolled in the sixth trimester as a full-time student, and return to Northwest as a full-time senior vocal music major.
Recipient shall be an entering freshman and considered a full-time student. He/she shall have participated in the Northwest Music Summer Camp. Academic achievement is leading criteria.
The Gilbert Whitney Madralier Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to one outstanding member of the current Madraliers/Northwest Celebration ensemble to encourage continued participation in the organization throughout the entire following school year. Applicants must be continuing music majors or minors studying applied voice, be a Madrigal/NW Celebration member in good standing, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, while maintaining this GPA during the award year. They must also have contributed in a leadership role through office positions or committee assignments, as well as solo or small ensemble performances, within the Madrigal Group.
Awarded to a vocal music major, pursuing either a Bachelor of Science in Education or a Bachelor of Arts degree, to be used during their junior or senior year. Recipients must be full-time students during the trimesters of the award. Applicants must submit a one-page essay detailing the following: explain how you will apply the vocal music education you are receiving at Northwest to your future career plans and why you are deserving of this award (please include your accomplishments and contributions to the vocal music industry).
Awarded to a music or music education major, who plays a stringed instrument. Preference given to a student from Gentry, Worth, or Harrison counties.
Awarded to students who have declared a major in theatre or speech/theatre education and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
Students must have, at the time of application, a minimum 2.60 GPA and have a declared major in theatre or speech/theatre education. Scholarships will be awarded based upon contributions and/or potential to the University Theatre production programs.
Recipient must be a junior or senior theatre major, whois of good moral character, possesses excellent academic standing and shows promise for excellence in the area of drama.
Two scholarships awarded: one to a theatre major and one to a speech/theatre education major. Must have at least a 3.00 GPA and be an active participant in departmental productions and have the potential to make a significant contribution to the field in order to be eligible.
Multiple service awards are given to students with declared speech/theatre education majors or minors who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25. Each award contains a department service component that the student must complete in order to retain the service award.
Awarded to theatre or speech/theatre education majors each year with an equal distribution among classes (senior, junior and sophomores) when possible. Must have cumulative GPA of 3.00 and model for others attributes of character and service expected of an educated professional. Consideration will be given to those who intend to pursue advanced degrees in theatre or to teach theatre in public school systems or higher education.
Awarded to students who have selected a major in theatre or speech/theatre education. Prior to scheduling an appointment to interview, students must submit an application and resume detailing their prior theatre experience. Students interested in performance scholarships will be asked to present two contrasting monologues no more than 2-4 minutes combined. Students interested in technical theatre will be asked to describe their area of interest and to present examples of their work. Please contact the department office at 660.562.1326 to schedule a specific date and time. Multiple awards given.
Awarded to a theatre: technical and design major or a speech/theatre education major with a 2.50 GPA.