Scholarships

Below are the various sponsored scholarships offered each year by the School of Music and Dance for Music Majors. 

Claude E. and Alberta D. Walker


The Keyboard Studies program in the School of Music and Dance has received a significant gift from the estate of Claude and Alberta Walker to provide scholarships for graduate students and upper division (junior and senior) undergraduates. The gift is managed by The Tower Foundation at SJSU, and interest from the gift will be used each year for scholarships. The Walker Scholarship is to be awarded if a worthy candidate is found. Recipients of the scholarship will be presented each year in a special Listening Hour Concert.

Claude Walker received a degree in physics and worked at Cal Tech and Hughes Electronics. Alberta Walker, who had degrees in nursing and sociology, taught at Pasadena City College and the University of Southern California. The Walkers visited San José State University in 1998 and ‘fell in love’ with the campus, and when they were planning their estate, “SJSU came up smelling like a rose.” In fall 2009, funds from their generous gift became available to the keyboard studies program to be awarded to qualified candidates.

A separate application for the Claude and Alberta Walker Scholarship (PDF format) must be filled out, and the applicant must audition in person for the scholarship on a specified date. Two dates will be set up for this purpose, one for upper division undergraduates and one for graduate students. The Audition Committee will determine the amount of each award after the auditions which normally take place in the first week of Spring term. 

Marijane Adams E.L. & William Endowment


Annually during the spring semester, applicants will be nominated and selected by the review committee. Applicants must be declared majors in some area of music, instrumentalists preferred. Students must be fully matriculated with a minimum of 6 units and GPA of 2.5 or above.

Stella Berboth Scholarship Endowment


For a deserving student in the music department.

Beverly Arnerich Compton Endowment


To promote, assist, and encourage talented students in the pursuit of musical profession to be awarded in fall and spring to advance talented students who have applied for or have been admitted to SJSU as a music major (3.0 GPA), full academic load (12 units) minimum each semester.

Betty Barbour Dexter


Full tuition to a gifted cellist of exceptional professional promise.

Thomas Eagan - Phi Mu Alpha Endowment


To be awarded to students with music majors registered with a minimum of 12 semester units and in good standing. To encourage development in knowledge and skills in music.

Cristina Estabrook Endowment


Awarded to students with outstanding pianistic ability and interest in choral accompaniment and the ability to work with other people.

Jeanne Garson Memorial Scholarship Endowment


Applicants must be voice majors in the School of Music and Dance with preference for graduate students. The scholarship may be awarded to a student for more than one year.

John B. Gustavson Endowment


Award annually to a stringed instrument performer (a harpist preferred) sophomore-senior with overall GPA greater than or equal to 3.0.

H. Brent Heisinger Endowment


A general scholarship awarded to one or more music students.

Hazel I. Kimzey Endowment


Annual income to be awarded to any worthy needy student.

George Lynch Endowment


To be awarded to a student who is a trombone major -- if not available, award to a qualified string bass major.

Marta Morgan Music Endowment


Junior majoring in music.

Music Joy Fund Endowment


The purpose of this fund is to support the presence of classical music in public schools. The School of Music and Dance shall specif the use of the funds annually according to the guidelines provided by the donor.

Music Scholarships Endowment


To be awarded to student in the Music department.

Opera Workshop Endowment


For students who exhibit potential for a career in opera - junior or senior or graduate students who are fully matriculated students in the vocal music program at SJSU.

Eva Thompson Phillips Endowment


To be awarded to students majoring in music.

Frances Robinson - String Instrument Endowment


To go to a freshman or transfer student who plays string instrument with great talent and financial need.

Eva Schock Endowment


To go to a deserving student majoring in music.

Lois King Thore Music Scholarship Endowment


To be given annually to students in the field of music. Must be at least half time, fully matriculated, graduate or undergraduate.

Frank Triena Endowment


Freshmen or transfer students based on talent and financial need. Violin or viola student pay half fall, half spring.

Gibson Walters Endowment


To be awarded to advanced, talented students in violin and/or viola-musical major with 3.0 GPA taking 12 or more units.