Department of Music

The University of Mississippi

Financial Assistance

Large Ensembles

The primary sources of scholarship funding for undergraduate Music students are the stipends for students participating in University Bands, Choirs, or Orchestra.

How to apply

For entrance and scholarship audition information, please visit:

Music Scholarships

The Department of Music administers Patrons of Music and Music Excellence Scholarships. Patrons of Music Scholarships are designated for freshmen only (one-year) and valued at $1000/year.  Music Excellence Scholarships are four-year scholarships and valued at $1000/year.  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.

How to apply

To apply for Patrons of Music and Music Excellence scholarships complete the application here. 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.

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

Dr. Andrew Paney, Assistant Chair, administers scholarships for the Department of Music.  You may contact him at with questions or for more information about the opportunities on this page.

Other Scholarships

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.

How to apply

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.

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.

Graduate Assistantships

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.