Auditions and Scholarships

Music scholarships are available to full-time music majors who as entering freshmen have a B (3.0 GPA) average and a satisfactory audition. Upperclassmen may audition in the spring each year if they have a 3.2 average in music courses and 2.75 overall GPA and make no grade lower than C. Scholarships may be upgraded in the upperclassmen auditions in the spring for the forthcoming year.

In order to receive a music scholarship, you must fill out an application and perform in an audition before the music department faculty. To fill out an online application for a music scholarship, click here.

Auditions must be completed by March 15. Scholarship awards will be made as close to April 1 as possible. To make an appointment for an audition please write:

Indiana Wesleyan University Department of Music
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953-4974

or call 1-800-332-6901, ext. 2152, or 677-2152 locally.

Audition Requirements

You should be prepared to perform two selections, in contrasting styles, from different historical eras if possible. These should display a variety of tempo and dynamics, as well as demonstrate your ability and range. Memorized performances are preferred. Vocal auditions should include one art song and one sacred song. Total performance time should not exceed fifteen minutes. No taped accompaniment is permitted; an accompanist will be provided if needed.

Copies of the music are to be provided; xeroxed copies will not be returned.

* If you live more than 300 miles from Marion, a taped audition may be submitted. If you are selected as a scholarship recipient based on a videotaped entry, the award will be conditional pending a performance after arrival at Indiana Wesleyan University.


Additional Scholarships Awarded

Bailey-Willen Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Charles R. Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund Criteria: This award goes to one outstanding student from the division of music with evidence of a Biblical belief in Jesus Christ and conduct according to high moral and ethical standards.

Rollin D. and Marianne R. Bradford Music Scholarship Criteria: One music major with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale with preference given to residents of Grand County, IN Preference given to students with an interest in semi-classical, jazz, popular, or semi-popular music. Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

Robert and Donna Brunner Family Scholarship Criteria: Preference will be given to one Marion High School graduate majoring in nursing, another medically related field, education or music. The recipient must maintain a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office; must show evidence of good citizenship, a Biblical belief in Jesus Christ and conduct according to high moral and ethical standards.

Atwood and Leona Cool Scholarship Criteria: Preference will be given to two students majoring in ministry, missions, or church music. Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office and must show evidence of a Biblical belief in Jesus Christ and conduct according to high moral and ethical standards.

Jerry Franks Memorial Scholarship Criteria: Applicants must exemplify excellence in instrumental performance with brass, woodwind or percussion instruments. One award; not based on financial need.

Hobson-Medows Scholarship Criteria: Two recipients must be preparing for a career of service as a music educator, or for work in Christian ministries with a music major or music minor; or be a descendent of the Medows family. Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Philip E. and Evelyn M. Kem Scholarship Criteria: This award goes to two students in nursing, religion or music who demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. This award is intended to assist students who exhibit a quality of excellence as seen in their personal, spiritual and academic endeavors. Applicants must maintain a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Merritt B. McVicker Music Scholarship Criteria: This award goes to one student majoring in music, maintaining a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrating financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

Ruth Mosier Scholarship Fund Criteria: Two applicants must be English or music majors and demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

Shoup Dix GM Scholarship Criteria: This award goes to four students in Religion, Music or Nursing who exemplify Christian character. Preference is given to students preparing for full-time Christian vocational ministries. Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Lee Showen Memorial Scholarship Fund Criteria: The two recipients must be Music Majors or Pre-medicine Majors and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Preference is given to students planning to engage in some aspect of missionary service.

Lee Spangler Memorial Scholarship Fund Criteria: Priority is given to a music major planning to engage in education or music ministry. The one recipient must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Ina (Smith) York Memorial Ministerial Scholarship Criteria: The one recipient of this award must be preparing for a career of service as a minister, missionary (including nurses), Christian educator, song evangelist, etc. The recipient must maintain a GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

Pocock-Kindley Scholarship Fund Criteria: This award goes to four unmarried, full-time students with a GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. Freshmen or transfer students receiving the award must have maintained an equivalent GPA prior to enrollment at IWU. Preference is given to students planning to pursue a career in music. Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. Recipients must also display Christ-like character and ideals and a serious commitment to excellence in academic achievement. Students must comply at all times with the Standard of Conduct as set forth in the IWU Student Handbook.

Josephine and Milton Murphy Scholarship Fund Criteria: This award goes to one student who exemplifies Christian character and demonstrates excellence in their field of study. The recipient must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

Pinkerton Memorial Scholarship Fund Criteria: This award is for seven students pursuing a career in art or music. Recipients must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office, must display a positive Christian witness and must have good social and academic standing with the University.

John and Imogene Russell Family Scholarship Criteria: This award goes to one student who exhibits a quality of excellence and special interest in his or her field of study. The recipient must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office, must show evidence of a Biblical belief in Jesus Christ and conduct his or her life according to high moral and ethical standards and must maintain a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Lloyd Dacosta Jones Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is reserved for undergraduate students pursuing a major in music at IWU. Preference will be given to orchestra students from Grant County with Special consideration for students who played a stringed instrument at Marion High school. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required. Recipients are determined by audition.

Eleanor Howard Scholarship: This award is for undergraduate students who exemplify Christian character and demonstrate excellence in their personal, spiritual, and academic endeavors. The family may make recommendations for the scholarship recipient(s). The recipient must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.  The recipient must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Rittenhouse Music, Math and Science Scholarship: The recipient of this scholarship must be majoring in Music, Mathematics, or Science.  The faculty of the respective Divisions will recommend the scholarship recipient.  The recipient must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office and must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or a 4.0 scale.