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OHIO School of Music: Financial Aid & Scholarships

All students who complete their application to Ohio University by the deadline will automatically be considered for any scholarships and/or financial aid for which they are eligible. The Admissions office website contains valuable information about a variety of university scholarships available to incoming students.  

School of Music and College of Fine Arts Scholarships  

Talent-based scholarships are available for accomplished incoming music majors. Students must be admitted to a degree program in the School of Music and be accepted for admission to Ohio University to be eligible for scholarship consideration. Students may audition prior to receiving formal notification regarding admission status to the university, but under no circumstances will any scholarship consideration be made for a student who has not completed the application process. 

All music scholarships for incoming students are awarded on the basis of the student's audition, potential, musical and academic background, theory test results, interview (music therapy and music education), and program needs. Notification regarding School of Music and College of Fine Arts talent awards is normally sent in late March to early Aprilto incoming students who have been selected as scholarship recipients. 

For additional information regarding School of Music scholarships and requirements, please contact:

Associate Director
Matthew James, DMA
School of Music

Upperclass Scholarships

Upperclass music majors in good standing can apply for scholarship consideration by the School of Music Scholarship Committee. Awards for upperclass students occur at the end of spring semester and are applied for the next academic year. Upperclass scholarships are non-renewable. 

In order to be considered, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Students must have at least a current 3.0 GPA and register for 15 semester hours
  2. Students must be music majors in good standing
  3. Complete Financial Aid’s Online Application for Continuing Students (deadline March 1).
  4. Students selected must fulfill ensemble participation as required and/or requested by the School of Music (accompanying requirements for pianists). 

Students interested in applying for upperclass scholarships must email the following items to: Dr. Jason Smith, Chair, School of Music Scholarship Committee ( Questions can also be directed to Dr. Smith.

  • resume listing academic accomplishments and activities
  • two letters of recommendation (one must be your applied teacher)



Matthew James

Professor of Saxophone & Jazz Studies
(740) 593-0957

Jason Roland Smith

Professor of Tuba & Euphonium; Chair, Performance Studies Division; Chair, Scholarship Committee
(740) 593-1620