The Friends of the Arts offer grants to support College of Fine Arts artistic projects, events, visiting artists, and student travel. Grants are available of up to $500 for an individual and up to $1,000 for a group. Learn more and find out how you can apply.
Those enrolled in an Illinois State University School of Art degree program are eligible to receive an up to $200 monetary award on behalf of the Friends of the Arts. Those students who can demonstrate their scholarly performance through artistic ability in either studio practice, art history, or art education studies may submit an application as well as a portfolio and/or evidence of scholarly production to the School of Art Office.
Generally, new music majors (new first-year and new transfers) receive priority in the awarding of Tuition Scholarships by the School of Music.For incoming students, these awards are based upon the evaluations of performance auditions, written tests, academic potential, and the needs of the School. Talent scholarships vary from one-time awards of $500 through annually renewable scholarships of $6,000.All undergraduate students who perform an entrance audition are automatically considered for scholarship. Current Illinois State students who wish to be considered for a talent scholarship must submit the Current Student Scholarship Application.
This fund was established in 2007 by Amy Gilreath, an accomplished and internationally recognized trumpet performer and professor of music at Illinois State University, and James Major, Dean Emeritus of the College of Fine Arts, who has had a distinguished career in music and music education spanning four decades. Each candidate must be accepted or enrolled at Illinois State, be engaged as a student in trumpet as a declared music major or by having indicated an intention to declare a major in music, and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
This endowment was established in 1978 to honor Mary Bilyeu. The scholarship is awarded to a madrigal singer who displays the qualities of Mary Bilyeu, specifically sincerity, competency, dependability, and creativity. Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.
This endowment was established in 1992 by Charles Bolen, professor emeritus and former dean of the College of Fine Arts at ISU. The scholarship is awarded to a current music major who has demonstrated qualities of leadership and service to the department in addition to good musicianship and scholarship. Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.
This endowment was established in 1990 by Betty Robertson in memory of her sister, Mary Jo Brown. The scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior music major who has demonstrated outstanding service to the department, as well as exceptional musical talent. Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.
This endowment was established in 2003 by John and Audrey Ferrell to recognize a talented member of the madrigal singers. The scholarship is awarded to a student who has been a respected member of the madrigals for at least one year, and demonstrated exceptional talent in vocal music and leadership among peers. Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.
This endowment was established in 2000 by Helmuth Fuchs in memory of his parents. The scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in music who has demonstrated strong academic achievement. Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.
This endowment was established in 2001 by Dr. Frank D. Hansing in memory of his brother John R. Hansing, a 1938 graduate of Illinois State Normal University. The scholarship is awarded to a freshman student majoring in music, with preference to a student with a string concentration. Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.
Awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior with an overall minimum grade point average of 3.33. Special consideration should be given those students who show strong interest in Opera.
In 1976 Harlan W. Peithman established a fund in the ISU Foundation which has since grown into a fully endowed scholarship in the field of music. Students applying for the Peithman Scholarship must be an upper-division music student (junior or senior), have at least a 3.0/4.0 grade point average, and have demonstrated special academic merit and/or special need (assuming other criteria are met). Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.
Ed Livingston taught at ISU from 1968-1997 and served as director of bands from 1977-1984. Ed built the 90-member band into the 454-member Big Red Marching Machine, which held a record in the Guinness Book of World Records. Ed was honored during Homecoming 2007 for being the first director of the Big Red Marching Machine. Each candidate for an Erin Ann Livingston Tuba Scholarship and the Samantha Marie Livingston Euphonium Scholarship must be or have: accepted for enrollment or enrolled in good standing at ISU; outstanding musical achievement, as evidenced by School of Music admission audition or through outstanding performance in studio and ensemble; music major or minor; enrolled in Tuba-Euphonium Studio; full-time student; and use the scholarship for educational expenses, tuition, and fees, housing, books, and classroom materials. Assets of this endowment are invested in the ISU Endowment Investment Pool.
Awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior music major based on merit and/or need. The student must have a GPA of 3.00 or above.
This endowment was established in 1984 in memory of Barbara Wiltberger, a 1973 graduate of Illinois State University, by her parents, Richard and Grace Wiltberger. The scholarship is awarded to a new or continuing music student with a special interest in voice. Preference will be given to females in the treble or concert choir. Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.
This is the School of Musics most prestigious scholarship. It is a one year award given to an outstanding music major at or after the end of his or her junior year. Selection is guided solely by consideration of excellence and merit without regard to race or sex. The student is designated a Presser Scholar.
Since 2000, Theatre of Ted (an independent Registered Student Organization) has been raising funds for a special scholarship that has been fully-endowed. This scholarship has been given out each year since 2013 to a student or students who exemplifies their motto “Dare to Suck”. This motto encourages taking creative risks in any any art form, but especially in theatre. This scholarship is open to all majors. Applications for the Dare to Suck Scholarship are available each spring from Theatre of Ted. Deadline for the application is April 1st.