Scholarships

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

Claude E. and Alberta D. Walker


Awarded to full-time Music Majors—restricted to graduate and upper-division (junior and senior) undergraduate majors.

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 School of Music and Dance to be awarded to qualified candidates.

Marijane Adams E.L. & William Endowment


Awarded to full-time Music Majors, instrumentalists preferred, with a minimum of 6 units and GPA of 2.5 or above.

Stella Berboth Scholarship Endowment


Awarded to a deserving full-time Music Major in the School of Music and Dance.

Beverly Arnerich Compton Endowment


Awarded to full-time Music Majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Betty Barbour Dexter


Full tuition awarded to full-time Music Majors, preferably a gifted cellist of exceptional professional promise.

Thomas Eagan - Phi Mu Alpha Endowment


Awarded to Music Majors with a minimum of 12 semester units in good standing. To encourage development in knowledge and skills in music.

Cristina Estabrook Endowment


Awarded to full-time Music Majors with outstanding pianistic ability, interest in choral accompaniment, and the ability to work with other people.

Jeanne Garson Memorial Scholarship Endowment


Awarded to full-time Music Majors, preferably graduate voice majors in the School of Music and Dance.

John B. Gustavson Endowment


Awarded to full-time Music Majors, preferably a stringed instrument performer (harpist preferred) sophomore-to-senior with overall GPA greater than or equal to 3.0.

H. Brent and Barbara Heisinger Endowment


Awarded to full-time Music Majors as a general scholarship awarded to one or more students.

Hazel I. Kimzey Endowment


Awarded to full-time Music Majors demonstrating worth and need.

George Lynch Endowment


Awarded to full-time a Music Major who is a trombone major—or, if not available, to a qualified string bass major.

Marta Morgan Music Endowment


Awarded to a full-time Junior Music Major.

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 specify the use of the funds annually according to the guidelines provided by the donor.

Music Scholarships Endowment


Awarded to full-time Music Major in the School of Music and Dance.

Opera Workshop Endowment


Awarded to full-time Music Majors who exhibit potential for careers in opera.  Must be upper division (junior or senior) or graduate students.

Eva Thompson Phillips Endowment


Awarded to full-time Music Majors.

Frances Robinson - String Instrument Endowment


Awarded to full-time freshman or transfer student Music Major who plays a string instrument with great talent and who demonstrates financial need.

Eva Schock Endowment


Awarded to full-time, deserving Music Major.

Lois King Thore Music Scholarship Endowment


Awarded to deserving Music Majors, at least half time or fully matriculated; graduate or undergraduate.

Frank Triena Endowment


Awarded to Freshmen or transfer Music Majors based on talent and financial need. Violin or viola student preferred.

Gibson Walters Endowment


Awarded to full-time Freshmen or transfer Music Majors demonstrating advanced skills in violin and/or viola with a minimum GPA of 3.0.