Department of Music

The University of Mississippi

Financial Assistance

The primary sources of scholarship funding for undergraduate Music students are the stipends for students participating in University Bands, Choirs, or Orchestra. For entrance and scholarship audition information, please visit:

Dr. Andrew Paney, Assistant Chair, administers scholarships for the Department of Music.  You may contact him at (662) 915-5441 or with questions or for more information about the opportunities below.

The Department of Music administers a limited number of Patrons of Music and Music Excellence Scholarships.  The same form is used for both scholarships and may be downloaded here. Patrons of Music Scholarships are designated for freshmen only (one-year) and valued at $500/semester.  Music Excellence Scholarships are four-year scholarships and valued at $500/semester.  Candidates for these scholarships are identified by faculty during the application/audition process and are nominated and reviewed by the Performance Area Heads. Please refer to the scholarship form for complete criteria and qualifications.

The Department of Music also administers a number of endowed scholarships, made available by donations from alumni and friends of the University. Students will be notified of awards if selected. Amounts for these endowed scholarships vary from year to year (and some are awarded for only one year) as they are funded by income from endowments held in the University of Mississippi Foundation.

For Piano principals, scholarship funds are also available through the Brown-Ellis Scholarship. Contact Ian Hominick, or 662-915-1282.

In addition to the scholarships administered by the Department of Music, students may also be eligible for other University of Mississippi scholarships that have been made available through the generous donations of alumni and friends of the university. Incoming freshmen who wish to be considered for scholarships must submit an online Special Programs and Scholarships Application. This application should be completed as soon as possible and no later than by March 1. Transfer students should submit a transcript that includes three semesters of grades. This should be done by the priority deadline of February 1 but no later than March 1 prior to enrollment.

For graduate students, there are stipends provided for teaching and other graduate assistantships. Prospective students are asked to fill out an Application for Graduate Assistantship.

All students must be admitted to The University of Mississippi to be considered for scholarships. Information on the Cost of Attendance at the University of Mississippi is available from the Office of Financial Aid.