All of the following scholarships are awarded by vote of the music faculty in April for the following Fall semester.
The Presser Scholarship
Given to an outstanding music major at, or after, the end of his or her junior year. The student is to be designated a “Presser Scholar.” The award is a prestigious one, recognizing excellence. The scholarship is awarded for one year only and is not renewable.
The Thomas Cowan Endowed Music Scholarship
Established by Mary Louise Cowan in memory of her husband, former chair of the music department, and is awarded to a deserving music student.
The LaRue V. Pryor Music Scholarship
Given to a qualified graduate from Clarksville High School who plans to major in Choral Music and/or Music Education. The student must be full-time at Austin Peay and the scholarship is renewable for up to five years provided a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA is maintained.
The Mabry Music Scholarship
Established by Drs. George and Sharon Mabry to be awarded to a vocal music major. The scholarship is renewable provided acceptable standards are maintained.
The Monday Evening Music Club Scholarship
Awarded to a piano major who makes the most significant contribution to the department and demonstrates notable improvement in musical development and performance.
The Meise Orchestral String Scholarship
Established in 2004 by Mr. Michael Meise in honor of his father. This scholarship is presented to an outstanding string player, with preference given to students who play orchestral string instruments.
The Freeman/Meise Music Scholarship
Established in 1988 by Perkins and Ruth Freeman in honor of their daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Michael Meise, who are both APSU alumni. It is awarded on an annual basis to a music major and is subject to renewal provided successful progress toward completion of a degree is maintained.
The Sarah Kershner Lisenbee Music Scholarship
Given by Mr. William Kershner and his sisters, Mrs. Sarah Jane Grant and Mrs. Molly Cook, in memory of their mother. This one-year scholarship provides support to promising music majors, with preference given to piano students. Preference is also given to students from Montgomery, Stewart or Houston counties, but the award is not limited to residents of those counties.
The Aaron Schmidt Scholarship
Endowed in 2005, was created in honor of longtime university Director of Bands Dr. Aaron Schmidt. It is presented to an outstanding instrumentalist, either majoring or minoring in music, who agrees to participate in the university’s band program.
The Ann Silverberg Outstanding Service Award
Awarded to students who exhibit outstanding service to the music department above and beyond the call of duty.
The Solie I. Fott Music Scholarship
Given in honor of Dr. Solie I. Fott, professor emeritus, long-time chair of the Department of Music, Director of the Orchestra and teacher of upper-strings. His family contributes this scholarship each year as a merit award to a violin or viola student, preferably an undergraduate.
The Benjamin Troxler Music Scholarship
Awarded to a promising composition major.
The Phi Mu Alpha Theta Tau Scholarships
Given to rising junior music majors, one female and one male, who exhibit excellence in their music studies and contribute service to the music department.