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Named Music Scholarships

Named Scholarships are available for eligible current and incoming music majors (including TN Promise students who pursue music as an academic interest). Recipients are announced at the department's annual Honors and Awards Ceremony at the close of each spring semester. Scroll through the scholarships below to determine your eligibility, then click here to apply through the University's scholarship application system. You must complete and submit your application, and meet all eligibility requirements to be considered.

*Scholarships marked with an asterisk are not automatically renewed, previous recipients may be considered if they reapply.


For students preferably from Montgomery County. Ansbury Scholarships are renewable but must be re-applied for each year. The student must have least a 3.0 GPA and 23 ACT.

The Byrom/Wood Music Scholarship was established in 2007 by APSU Alumni Ben Troxler. The scholarship is currently funded by Mr. and Mrs. Bill Byrom.

The Clarksville Women's Club Music Education Scholarship is available to current and incoming students from Clarksville-Montgomery County. In order to qualify for this scholarship, the following must be met: student must be from Clarksville-Montgomery County; student must be majoring in Music with a concentration in Music Education at the undergraduate level; incoming freshman must have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA and a minimum ACT score of 22; Current APSU students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and must be registered and active members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

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 Crist Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014. Prospective recipients must be music majors with a 3.0 GPA or higher. They must be full-time students with demonstrated financial need. The student can only receive $500.00 per semester regardless of their graduation date.

The Marlon and Linda Crow Music Scholarship is available to a music student with a concentration in either music education, music performance, or liberal studies whose primary instrument is the French Horn. Recipients may be incoming or current APSU students at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

Incoming freshman must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 and a minimum ACT score of 21. Incoming graduate students must have a minimum college GPA of 3.0 and a minimum ACT score of 21.

All recipients incoming or current must maintain a minimum APSU GPA of 3.0 in order to hold the scholarship for up to four years at the undergraduate level or up to two years at the graduate level.

The Edington Family Scholarship was established to provide assistance to a student, preferably female, studying music or drama in theatre. The recipient should not be a resident of Montgomery County, Tennessee. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA with normal progress toward graduation, at least a score of 21 on the ACT, and must maintain full-time enrollment status.

This scholarship will be automatically renewed if you meet the renewal criteria. You must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and keep full-time status each semester.

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.

Established by Michael S. Humnicky, in 2023, to honor his anonymous friend who was an Austin Peay alumna and her violin professor and mentor, Dr. Solie Fott. Mr. Humnicky has generously donated the funds to endow a scholarship. Mr. Humnicky set up the scholarship in honor of his long-time friend who earned undergraduate and graduate Music degrees from Austin Peay, and was a student of Dr. Fott’s. Mr. Humnicky wanted to honor his friend because of her career in music and specifically violin. Her path to Austin Peay was encouraged by a scholarship in music and the teachings of Dr. Fott. Mr. Humnicky has a desire to help talented and deserving students in the area of orchestra strings. He hopes that this scholarship will encourage a female student to attend Austin Peay and complete a music degree, just as his anonymous friend did in the 1960s.

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.

This scholarship award varies depending on funding and is at the discretion of the Music Department. Recipient must be majoring in Music with a 3.0 GPA while being enrolled full-time. This is a nonrenewable scholarship.

The family of Evan M. Hurt established this scholarship to provide assistance to a student seeking a Music degree. The recipient must be a full-time (12 or more hours) junior or senior who is majoring in Music. All recipients must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.

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.

This scholarship was established in honor of Drs. George and Sharon Mabry. It is to be awarded to full-time students with a Music Education major with a Vocal Emphasis or Music Performance with a Vocal Emphasis concentration. The recipient must have a 3.0 high school or APSU GPA.

The scholarship can be renewed for up to three years if the student reapplies, completes an essay yearly, maintains a 3.0 GPA, and remains a full time student.

Established by Drs. George and Sharon Mabry to be awarded to a vocal music major. The scholarship is renewable provided acceptable standards are maintained.

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.

Awarded to a piano major who makes the most significant contribution to the department and demonstrates notable improvement in musical development and performance.

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.

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.

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.

This scholarship was created in honor of Louis and Florence Robinson. It will be awarded to an international full-time student who is a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in music. The recipient must have a solid work ethic earning a minimum 2.85 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship committee of the Music Department at Austin Peay State University will select the recipient. Priority will go to a diversity selection.

We encourage you to apply each year through our APSU Scholarship Application. Although this scholarship is not automatically renewed, you could be considered if you reapply

The scholarship will be awarded through the Austin Peay State University Music Department to an incoming freshman. The student must be a graduate of a Montgomery County, Tennessee public, private or homeschool program and have a high school GPA of 3.75. Students must participate in the APSU Music Department audition process and be subject to a full and impartial evaluation of musical talent. Students must have a demonstrated financial need based on federal guidelines. Students who receive the SAM Distinguished Music Scholarship are eligible to receive the scholarship up to 4 years provided the student maintains an overall GPA of 3.5.

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.

Awarded to students who exhibit outstanding service to the music department above and beyond the call of duty.

This scholarship award varies depending on funding and is at the discretion of the Music Department. Recipient must be majoring in Music with a 3.0 GPA while being enrolled full-time. This is a nonrenewable scholarship.

This scholarship award varies depending on funding and is at the discretion of the Music Department. Recipient must be majoring in Vocal Music with a 3.0 GPA while being enrolled full-time. This is a nonrenewable scholarship.