Scholarships are determined in March, at the conclusion of the final round of entrance auditions, by the music faculty scholarship committee.

Music scholarship awards are determined by the following:

  • quality of the entrance audition
  • submitted professional recommendations
  • the student's academic and musical achievements

Once you have applied and been accepted to CNU and to the Department of Music, you are automatically eligible for all departmental scholarships. All recipients of a music scholarship must be enrolled full time and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. To continue to receive the scholarship, the student must remain a full-time music major.


New! Ferguson Enterprises Performing Arts Scholarship: $2,500 and $5,000
These scholarships are awarded to outstanding first-year students who display high aptitude for study in the performing arts. These scholarships include a service component affording students the opportunity to use their talents for the benefit of others.

Dr. Jeffrey Brown Endowed Music Scholarship
A monetary award is made each year to a piano major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition and the scholarship recital serve as the scholarship auditions. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble, and remain a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

William S. Brown Endowed Music Scholarship
A monetary award is made each year to a selected music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music and pursuing jazz studies at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition and the scholarship recital serve as the scholarship auditions. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in jazz ensemble, jazz combo and jazz improvisation, and remain a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music and pursuing jazz studies at Christopher Newport University.

Sophie Chang Endowed Music Scholarship
A monetary award is made each year to a selected music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition and the scholarship recital serve as the scholarship auditions. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble, and remain a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

Emmett S. Dyer Endowed Music Scholarship
A monetary award is made each year to a music major majoring in piano who is enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition and the scholarship recital serve as the scholarship auditions. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble, and remain a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

JoAnn Falletta Endowed Music Scholarship
A monetary award is made each year to a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition and the scholarship recital serve as the scholarship auditions. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble, and remain a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

Donald E. Golden Endowed Music Scholarship
A monetary award is made each year to a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition and the scholarship recital serve as the scholarship auditions. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble, remain a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University, and perform at least once a year at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mark Lee McCoy Performing Arts Endowed Scholarship
A monetary award is made every four years, preferably to a graduate of York County, who is majoring in music and enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition serves as the scholarship audition. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble, and remain a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

James and Virginia Taylor Endowed Merit Scholarship in Music
A monetary award is made to an incoming freshman music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition serves as the scholarship audition. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble, and remain a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years.

Charles J. Cooper Endowed Music Scholarship
A monetary award is made each year to a selected music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition serves as the scholarship audition. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble, and remain a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

David S. Reynolds Endowed Music Scholarships
Monetary awards are made each year to four music students majoring in vocal music and enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must have experience in musical productions and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition and scholarship recital serve as the scholarship auditions. The recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in a major choral ensemble, perform in Opera CNU, and remain a vocal music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

Ella Fitzgerald Endowed Music Scholarship
A monetary award is made each year to a music student majoring in vocal music and enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 of higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition serves as the scholarship audition. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in vocal jazz ensemble, enroll each semester in major choral ensemble and remain a voice major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

Lt. Col. Ed D'Alfonso Endowed Music Scholarship
Monetary awards are made each year to four music students majoring in instrumental music education and enrolled full time in the Department of Music and Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition and the scholarship recital serve as the scholarship audition. The recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in Wind Ensemble or University Orchestra, and remain an instrumental music education major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

Dr. Mark U. Reimer Endowed Music Scholarship
Monetary awards are made each year to music students majoring in instrumental music education and enrolled full-time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of the audition. The entrance audition serves as the scholarship audition. The recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in Wind Ensemble, and remain an instrumental music education major enrolled full-time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

Marguerite K. Carter Endowed Music Scholarship
A monetary award is made each year to a music student majoring in violin and enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 of higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition serves as the scholarship audition. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 of higher, enroll each semester in University Orchestra, and remain a violin major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

Dr. Robert Carrol Smith Music Scholarship
A monetary award is made each year to a music major, preferably a pianist, enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must perform one work on the music scholarship recital and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble, and remain a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

John W. and Cathleen B. Gaines Endowed Music Scholarship
A monetary award is made each year to a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition serves as the scholarship audition. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble, and remain a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music and Christopher Newport University.

Friends of Music Endowed Music Scholarship
A monetary award is made each year to a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition serves as the scholarship audition. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble, and remain a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

Friends of Music Scholarships
Monetary awards are made each year to selected music majors enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must perform one work on the music scholarship recital and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in their major ensemble, and remain a music major enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

Gloucester-Matthews County Endowed Music Scholarship
A monetary award is made each year to a graduate of either Gloucester High School or Matthews County High School majoring in music and enrolled full time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The entrance audition serves as the scholarship audition. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in his or her major ensemble, and remain a music major enrolled full-time in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

Virginia S. Purtle Music Scholarship
A $500 award is presented each year to a rising senior in good standing of Alpha Iota enrolled full time at Christopher Newport University. Applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the submission. The selection criteria are based on service to the fraternity and overall improvement in musicianship. The selection committee is comprised of members of the music faculty. Applicants must be enrolled full time at CNU at the time of submission, remain enrolled full time at CNU and be in good standing with the fraternity the following year.

J. Archie and Wilma Handy Cornette Scholarship
A monetary award is made each year to an instrumental music major who has piano as his of her applied instrument. Applicants must perform one work on the music scholarship recital and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of the audition. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, enroll each semester in his of her major ensemble, and remain enrolled full time as an instrumental music education major with piano as his or her applied instrument in the Department of Music at Christopher Newport University.

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