The scholarships described below are awarded based upon an audition for the School
of Music and admission to the university. There is no separate application process
for these music awards. Unless otherwise noted, they are renewable contingent upon
satisfactory progress toward a music degree and the recommendation of the music faculty.
Academic Excellence Awards. These awards are supported by the music faculty through Department of Excellence
Awards, off-campus recitals, and other fund raising efforts.
Mandy Buchanan and Daniel Ledford Music Scholarship. Endowed by the generosity of family and friends, this scholarship was established
in memory of Daniel Ledford and Mandy Buchanan. Both students graduated from Tuscola
High School and were active members in The Pride of the Mountains Marching Band at
WCU at the time of their deaths. The scholarship provides support for music majors
from Haywood County who are or have been active participants in the marching band
Chancellor’s Scholarships. These awards from the Office of the Chancellor recognize excellence in academic studies
and musical performance.
Barbara Dooley Accompanying Award. This award recognizes the ongoing support of the School of Music by Barbara Dooley
through her work as an accompanist. The recipient accompanies the Concert Choir, so
an audition on piano is required. Interested students should contact the Director
of Choral Activities.
James Dooley Male Vocalist Award. This award goes to an outstanding male voice major recommended by the Director of
Choral Activities. The award is in recognition of Dr. James Dooley’s many years of
service to the School of Music and Western Carolina University.
Gulley Talent Awards. These awards are made in varying amounts to undergraduate students who provide musical
services to the School. for the year.
Marching Band Scholarships. These awards vary in amount, based on the recommendation of the director of the Marching
Cats. They are supported by donations from outside the university in recognition of
this ensemble’s outstanding performances.
Music Faculty Scholarship. This scholarship is made possible by donations from music faculty members to support
Pruett Scholarships. These awards are made in memory of Jonathan Pruett, member of the marching band.
Preference is given to students from Jonathan’s home area (Surry County, NC) who are
involved in the WCU band program.
Richard M. Renfro Music Education Scholarship. This award in honor of Dr. Renfro, retired professor of piano and former department
head, goes to a qualified music education student.
Additional Sources of Financial Aid include a variety of federally supported programs administered by the university.
Aid from these programs may be in the form of grants, loans or a college work-study
program. The Office of Financial Aid works with students and families to develop an
appropriate funding package based on individual need. Further information regarding
federally supported aid programs is available online or from the Student One-Stop Center at (828) 227-7290.