College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Music

Barbara Resch, D.M.E.
Department Chair and Professor

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

Phone: 260-481-6714
Fax: 260-481-5422
Email: music@ipfw.edu

Office: Rhinehart Music Center
Room: 144
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm

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Music scholarship awards are made on the basis of the performance auditions, interview, placement tests and academic history. To be considered for music scholarships, new students must be accepted into the university in good standing. Returning students must have an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 and a music GPA of 3.0. Students will be reviewed annually for eligibility for scholarship renewal. All scholarship renewals are subject to availability of funds.

Unless otherwise noted, scholarships are awarded for the academic year, provided that the criteria of the scholarship have been met. They are disbursed in two equal payments - one for the fall semester and the balance for the spring semester. After the initial award is made, criteria for continuance of performance-based scholarships include the following:

  • continuing to declare music as a major and making satisfactory progress toward a degree;
  • maintaining an overall minimum GPA of 2.5;
  • maintaining a 3.0 GPA in music courses;
  • earning a grade of C or better in all music courses required of the major; fulfilling any specific provision stated in the scholarship contract.

Scholarships for freshman music majors will require participation in only one major ensemble.


Scholarships awarded by the Department of Music include:

  • Adah M. Ator Memorial Music Scholarship. Awarded to a student with outstanding musical promise in any applied area. Student must have a cumulative music GPA of 3.0.
  • Thelburn L. Engle Music Therapy Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a music therapy major with sophomore or higher class standing.
  • The Kirby Family Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Music Education. Awarded to a degree-seeking, post-Upper Divisional music education major upon recommendation of the music education faculty. Preference is given to students whose selection will contribute to enhanced diversity among students in music education.
  • Emilienne H. Manheim Scholarship. Awarded to a voice student excelling in soprano voice.
  • Werner Manheim Scholarship. Awarded to a piano student excelling in piano.
  • Gene Marcus Music Scholarship. Awarded to a piano or piano accompanying student or a choral or instrumental student excelling in these areas.
  • Willis Family Scholarship. Awarded to a degree-pursuing student who demonstrates outstanding musical promise in his/her chosen area.
  • John Loessi Memorial Music Scholarship. Awarded to a music student who demonstrates outstanding musical promise in his/her chosen area. Students must have a cumulative music GPA of 3.0.
  • Dorothy N. Whitney Memorial Music Scholarship. Awarded to a music major who demonstrates musical promise and excellent academic record.
  • The Zimmerman Scholarship for Music. Awarded to a degree-pursuing student who demonstrates outstanding musical promise in his/her chosen area. Students must have a cumulative music GPA of 3.0.
  • Floyd and Betty Lou Lancia Scholarship. Awarded to a music major who has a class standing of Sophomore or higher and maintains a GPA of 3.0.
  • Music Department Scholarship Returning students must have an overall GPA of 2.5 and music GPA of 3.0. New students must be accepted into the university in good standing and have performed an above average audition. The returning student's audition must be deemed outstanding.
  • Psi Iota Xi Visual Arts and Music Scholarship. Awarded to a degree-pursuing student who demonstrates musical promise and exhibits a high degree of interest and enthusiasm in his/her chosen program.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Freshmen

Our Chancellor's Distinguished Scholarship will pay full tuition and our Chancellor's Scholarship will pay 1/2 tuition. Both scholarships are renewable for four years. The IPFW Admissions Office also has 50 Chancellor Merit Awards that are available to students that are not legal residents of the state of Indiana. The scholarship allows nonresidents to pay in-state fees. High school seniors must rank in the top 25% of their graduating class and have an SAT score of 1650 or an ACT score of 25 or above. International students should e-mail the International Student Services Office for more information.

A student may receive a Chancellor's Scholarship, a Chancellor's Distinguished Scholarship, or a Chancellor's Merit Award, but no more than one of these scholarships will be awarded to an individual student. Not available to students currently or previously enrolled at IPFW. Awards commence in fall semester.