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Each year, SMWC offers one (1) award up to the cost of full tuition. The scholarship will be applied towards tuition costs only. Admitted, first-time (freshmen) women and men students attending SMWC full-time in a music degree program and living on campus may compete. Students must submit an audition request form followed by an audition, essay, and interview.

Applicants: Please follow the application process carefully and feel free to contact the Department of Music and Theatre at 812-535-6323 if there are any questions.

Application Process

  1. Submit your online application for admission using the application portal, or via CommonApp.
  2. Submit an audition request form; choose your intended audition day. To be eligible for admission to a music program, an audition is required.
  3. Eligible MOP students must audition by or on March 5, 2022. The MOP will be awarded in March 2022. Submit your essay and letter of recommendation from a music teacher, or another teacher, by or on March 5, 2022 (midnight EST) to Susan.Crist@smwc.edu. In the subject line write “MOP Scholarship Essay.StudentLastName”. Online recommendation form: This information is submitted by a music teacher who has worked with the prospective student in either the classroom or in applied lessons. Teachers must complete the form at this link by the March 5 deadline.
  4. Potential MOP candidates will be interviewed the day they audition.
  5. MOP candidates must come to campus for their audition and interview.
  6. Any prospective student auditioning will be considered for other performing arts and music scholarships in addition to the MOP scholarship.

Deadline for audition, interview, and submitting all required materials listed above: March 5, 2022.

Students will be evaluated based on their:

  • Outstanding Audition: Individuals must audition on the intended primary voice/instrument of study at SMWC. Each person will be scored by the music faculty panel on a scale of 1-10 in each area appropriate to the primary instrument, including tone/ technique, diction/articulation, preparation/memorization, rhythmic and pitch accuracy, presentation/preparation, and overall musicianship. When a student’s scores are averaged, students scoring an average of 8 or higher will be considered for this award.
  • High School GPA: 3.0 minimum
  • Interview: Faculty are looking for professionalism, genuineness, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to articulate ideas clearly.
  • Online Recommendation Form: This information is submitted by a music teacher who has worked with the prospective student in either the classroom or in applied lessons. Teachers must complete the form at this link by the March 5 deadline.
  • Reflective Essay (five pages maximum, double spaced, include student name) responding to the following questions:
    • How has music been part of your life so far? How has it impacted you and/or others around you?
    • What do you believe your strengths are as an aspiring musician?
    • What do you hope to achieve by studying music or music therapy at SMWC?

Renewable Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher, make satisfactory academic progress towards their degree and primary applied instrument to renew the award for 8 semesters.