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Music Scholarships

Music scholarships are awarded to students from all majors who participate in music ensembles at Kutztown University. However, music majors are given priority consideration. Some scholarships are awarded for multiple years.

All applicants are considered for available scholarships. Students in the greater instrumental/vocal area of needs are given higher priority in the consideration process. To be considered for music scholarships, students must:

  1. Apply for admission to the University by February 15.
  2. Audition for the music faculty by February 15.

After the above deadline, consideration will be made as scholarship funds permit.  The following scholarships are awarded to students:

In addition to the music scholarships, need-based financial assistance is available to qualified students. To be considered for need-based awards, students should file the FAFSA early (by February 1st to meet the March 1 priority date) to ensure that your financial aid package reflects the best combination of scholarships and financial aid for which you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid Office  for more information.      

*Kutztown University also offers a new Out-of-State Tuition Reduction Program which provides tuition savings for first-time, non-resident, undergraduate first-year and transfer students.

The following scholarships are available to qualifying students who have a processed complete FAFSA by KU's priority deadline of February 15. Later applicants will be considered as funds are made available.

The Mamie Afflerbach Music Scholarship

The Afflerbach Music Scholarships are variable monetary scholarships awarded annually based on musical achievement, academic standing, and financial need. The scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen, and is renewable each year.

Scholarship requirements:

  • Minimum "B" high school average
  • One letter of recommendation
  • An in-person interview/audition
  • Completion of the "Free Application for Student Aid" (FAFSA) form available from the Office of Financial Aid 

Upon acceptance, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA
  • Enroll in applied music courses
  • Participate in performing music organizations such as concert band, wind ensemble, choir, marching unit, orchestra or jazz band and/or
  • Participate in performing music ensembles such as brass, percussion, woodwind, vocal, and string ensemble

Department of Music Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Department of Music faculty members to provide scholarship assistance for students enrolled as a full-time music major, who participates in Department of Music activities, studies privately with a Department of Music faculty member, and has earned a minimum 2.5 GPA. The student will be selected by the music faculty by April 15 of each year.

Martha F. Hafer Scholarship for Jazz Studies

This scholarship was established in 2011 by Martha L. Hafer to provide scholarship assistance for students in the Jazz Studies Program. Scholarship recipients must be registered for a jazz ensemble, demonstrate successful academic progress, and be approved by the Director of Jazz Studies as scholarship recipients.

The Dorothy S. Barbera String Scholarship

The Dorothy S. Barbera String Scholarship was established by Aceste J. Barbera, professor emeritus of music, in loving memory of his wife, to provide scholarship assistance to accomplished string instrumentalist students. Preference is given to students studying violin.

The student will be selected by May 1 each year by the Chair of the Music Department in consultation with the string faculty.  

The Reid F. Lessig Scholarship of Bands

This scholarship was created in 1994 in remembrance of Reid F. Lessig, instructor, drill designer, and band front coordinator of the KU Band program from 1972-1982. Reid also founded the Graduate Organization of Bands, which has continued to support the band programs at Kutztown University for more than twenty years.

Proceeds from the scholarship are awarded to students who exhibit technical ability and leadership skills through involvement in the KU band programs. This one time scholarship is awarded to students who qualify in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the KU Graduate Organization of Bands.

Awards are presented at the annual Spring Concert Band performance. The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to not award scholarships during any given school year.

Scholarship applicants must be in their first academic year at the University to be eligible. Students may be enrolled in any major degree program and no auditions are necessary. Application form can be downloaded and is also available through the KU Music Department Office. 

Participation in at least one of the following is required: 

  • Concert Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Marching Unit
  • Jazz Ensemble

The Earl L. Mayberry Music Scholarship

Established in memory of Earl "Jim" Mayberry, a dedicated professor of music (1967-1984) by family and friends, to recognize exemplary commitment and accomplishment by a student majoring in music or music education.

The recipient will be a student majoring in music or music education, who has completed at least 12 but no more than 20 credits. Preference will be given to a student majoring in trombone.

The student will be selected by the Chair of the Music Department by April 15 of each year.

The Edwin Schatkowski Music Scholarship

This scholarship has been made possible through the generosity of the Schatkowski family, who has created an endowed scholarship in recognition of Dr. Schatkowski's years of service and leadership to Kutztown University as a music faculty member. Selection is based on music performance. It is up to the music faculty to make the selection.

The Esther F. Smith Piano Scholarship

The Esther F. Smith Piano Scholarship was established by Samuel P. Smith '43 (former President of the Kutztown University Foundation) in memory of his mother, Esther F. Smith '13, to provide an annual scholarship to a worthy student majoring in music. Preference is given to students studying piano.

The Rudolf and Flora M. Wertime Music Scholarship

The Wertime Music Fund was established in 1988 by Selma Wertime Thomson, Professor Emeritus of Music, in honor of her parents. Rudolf Wertime was a concert pianist and chair of the Music Department at Wilson College. Proceeds from the fund are to be used for music scholarships to be given to students who demonstrate exceptional aptitude and potential for growth in musicianship. The Music Department is grateful to Professor Thomson for the establishment of the fund.

Scholarships have been established and may be renewed based on annual reviews of the recipients' performance. The selection committee reserves the right not to award all scholarships.

Persons considered for the Rudolf & Flora Wertime Music Scholarship do not need to be a B.A. Music Major, B.F.A., or even a Music Minor. All majors within the University programs of study will be considered.

Awards will be announced during the spring semester. Candidates may be requested to interview or audition for the selection committee.

The R.G. Wells Jazz Band Scholarship

The R.G. Wells Jazz Band Scholarship was established by Richard G. Wells, former director of the Kutztown University Jazz Band, to provide scholarship support for members of the Kutztown University Jazz Band.

To be eligible, the student must be a freshman, sophomore or junior, current member of the Kutztown University Jazz Band, show performing and soloistic skills on his/her instrument/s, maintain a good academic record, and show leadership qualities.

The student will be selected by April 9 each year through a process determined by the Chair of the Department of Music and the Jazz Band Director in consultation with the Graduate Organization of Bands and Mr. Richard G. Wells. Complete the application form to apply.