Scholarships for Music Education Students

Updated: Jan 15


Scholarships are available for music education students. $100,000 of scholarship money is awarded from the UWSP School of Education annually to recognize students with high scholastic achievement and a dedication to teaching.




The full list of scholarships can be seen here: https://www.uwsp.edu/education/Pages/Scholarships/scholarshiplist.aspx


Students interested in applying for scholarships must complete the online School of Education Scholarship Application by the deadline, 5:00pm on Sunday, January 17, 2021. One confidential reference form must also be completed by a university faculty, staff, or campus employer by the deadline. Late applications will not be considered.


HOW TO APPLY


Here are the scholarships I'd suggest examining:


Current Music Education Students:


Franklin H. Pearson Memorial Scholarship

Orphaned at a very young age, and later serving as a member of the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) in North Africa and Italy during World War II, Franklin H. Pearson began his 37-year commitment to teaching excellence in 1936 at age 19 in a one-room rural school in Marinette County where English was the second language for many of his students. Pearson, who graduated in 1948 from Central State Teachers College (now UWSP), where he played in both the band and the orchestra, could have pursued a career in music, but, instead, chose education, serving in the classroom, in administration, and as a college teacher. He had immeasurable patience and was accomplished at helping young people think and learn.


Established by the family and friends of Franklin H. Pearson, former faculty member at UWSP. Mr. Pearson is remembered by his son, who lives in Wisconsin, and daughter, who lives in Nevada.

Specific criteria include:

  • Final semester in fall for student pursuing bachelor’s or master’s degree in education

  • Priority may be given to students demonstrating financial need


Harriet Coey Dickmann Future Teacher Memorial Scholarship

This award is made possible by the family of Harriet Dickmann. Harriet Coey Dickmann was a teacher in the Wisconsin and Indiana public schools. Mrs. Dickmann was inspired by our university and by Miss Sue Coleman to become a teacher.

Specific criteria include:

  • Declared teaching intent

  • Demonstrated leadership, personality, service to society, citizenship and character

  • Shows financial need

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75

Belongia Family Scholarship This award is made possible by contributions in memory of four siblings who attended UW-Stevens Point between 1936-1945. After Reuben Belongia died on March 16, 2006, daughters Kathy Ralston of Eau Claire and Karen Nichol of Colorado acted on behalf of their father’s family. Four of the seven Belongia children growing up near Green Bay in the Depression era attended UW-Stevens Point (Central State Teachers College at the time).

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program

  • Preferably first generation student

  • Good academic performance; committed to obtaining degree

  • Shows financial need

Ambrose & Evelyn Budzynski Scholarship

Ambrose and Evelyn Budzynski understood the value of education and always supported learning in every way throughout their married life of 55 years. In the small village of Hatley, they had been active chruch and community leaders; Ambrose as the village Treasurer for over 40 years and Evelyn as a grade school teacher since she graduated from the Normal School, now UW-Stevens Point, at the age of 20.


Specific criteria include:

  • Good academic standing

  • Admitted to the Professional Education Program

  • Graduate of DC Everest High School, preferred


Ken and Sandy Falkinham Scholarship

This award was established in 2007 by Ken and Sandy Falkinham. Since graduating from UW-Stevens Point in the late 1960s, Sandy and Ken Falkinham have pursued careers in education and business that utilized the skills and course work received from UW-Stevens Point. Over the years these skills have allowed the Falkinhams to create an annual scholarship to support a worthy student pursuing education as their career. Realizing just how difficult it is to find the funds necessary to attend an institution of higher education, it is the wish that this scholarship will allow the recipient to further their studies while receiving some assistance in lowering their financial obligations.

Specific criteria include:

  • Junior or senior with declared teaching intent

  • Resides in or originated from Wisconsin

  • Above average GPA

  • Shows great financial need

John Gach Future Teacher Memorial Scholarship

This award is made possible by memorial fund contributions and Mrs. John Gach in memory of her husband, John J. Gach. This scholarship was established by Mrs. John Gach in memory of her husband. John was a teacher, administrator and educational leader for many years in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Specific criteria include:

  • Declared teaching intent

  • Demonstrated leadership, personality, service to society, citizenship and character

  • Shows financial need

  • Junior status next fall

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75


Gordon Family Memorial Future Teacher Scholarship

This award is made possible by the Gordon Family in memory of the children of Martin and Belle Gordon: Lancelot, Troy, Royal, Gladys, Irving, Laurin and Arvie, children of Martin and Belle Gordon, whose support of each other in pursuit of teacher training degrees at Stevens Point Normal School is a testimony to their belief in the value of education.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program

  • Demonstrated service to society, leadership, citizenship, character and personality

  • Sophomore status next fall


Habeck Family Scholarship

This award is made possible by Phyllis and Roy Habeck. Roy and Phyllis Habeck wanted to give something back to the school that got them started on their long and successful teaching careers. The Habeck Family Scholarship has been providing scholarships since 2003.

Specific criteria include:
  • Admitted into Professional Education Program

  • Intends to teach at the primary or secondary education level

  • Demonstrated character defined by reliability, integrity, attendance, promptness and service to community

  • Financial need may be a consideration


Erma Haferbecker Scholarship

This award is made possible by Dr. Gordon Haferbecker in memory of his wife Erma. Dr. Haferbecker was a UWSP graduate and economist who worked at the college for many years as a faculty member, vice president and acting president.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program

  • Demonstrated character

  • Shows financial need

  • Preference may be given to a non-traditional student

  • Junior status next fall

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0


Tom Hayes Scholarship for Student Teachers

Established in memory of Tom Hayes by his wife Lorna and his two daughters after his sudden death in 1999. He taught science in the UWSP lab school, science education methods to thousands of teacher education students and he placed thousands of students in student teaching assignments before retiring in 1988. What he loved the most about his work here was "teachers who work with our students."

Specific criteria include:

  • Demonstrates outstanding merit

  • Student teaching next academic year

Larsen Family Scholarship Eligibility Criteria: Students admitted into the UWSP School of Education who exhibit a strong work ethic and commitment to completing their college education. Students who have received this scholarship in the past are not eligible to receive it a second time. Selection Criteria: Priority will go to students who meet the following criteria (in order of importance):

  • Have financial need based on financial aid eligibility and/or are paying at least a portion of their room, board, or tuition costs. Other factors may be considered in meeting this criterion, such as completing unpaid volunteer/Internship experiences, caring for family such that they are limited in their ability to work, etc.

  • Exhibit a strong work ethic.

  • Need the added encouragement to achieve their degree.

Robert S. and Ruth L. Lewis Scholarship

This award is made possible by the family of Robert and Ruth Lewis. Robert S. Lewis was a UWSP professor from 1942-76. During his tenure he taught courses in geography and education and began the audio visual department. He also initiated the student abroad program. Mr. Lewis was president of the faculty twice and received two teaching awards from the University and the National Education Association. Ruth Lewis taught history at P.J. Jacobs High School for 27 years and on several occasions substituted in the English and Education Departments for UWSP. She was involved as a sorority adviser and chairman of the faculty wives. She accompanied her husband on student trips in the U.S. and abroad. Ruth asked that the recipient truly enjoy teaching and the process of making learning creative & exciting for his/her students

Specific criteria include:

  • Declared teaching intent

  • Junior or senior status next fall

  • Priority may be given to students demonstrating financial need

Craig and Carol LoCascio Scholarship

This award is made possible by the family of Craig and Carol LoCascio. Established by Guy LoCascio in memory of his brother Craig and sister-in-law Carol.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program

  • Preference given to student from the Central Wisconsin or Fox River Valley region

  • Shows financial need

Thomas McCaig Future Teacher Scholarship

This award is made possible by Dr. Thomas McCaig, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Dr. McCaig joined the faculty in the School of Education in 1966 after earning three degrees from Loyola University and teaching in the public schools in Chicago. He is a two-time recipient of the UWSP Excellence in Teaching Award.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program

  • Declared major in secondary certification area (middle, junior or senior high school)

  • Evidence of service to others (WEA, church, schools, etc.)

  • Preference given to student seeking certification at middle or secondary level

  • Financial need may be considered

Patricia A. Okray Scholarship

Established by Patricia A. and Joseph J. Okray. Pat Okray, a native of Phillips, Wis., and her husband Joseph live in Plover. Pat attended Stevens Point State Teachers College as an elementary education major and taught kindergarten in Nekoosa. Pat is an artist, preferring the watercolor medium. The Okray Family Farms of Plover celebrated its 100th year of business in 2005.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program

  • Junior or senior status

  • Demonstrated commitment for teaching

  • Financial need


Rose (Lee) Petersen Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Rose (UWSP '59) and Don Petersen for students who have a passion for educating and changing the lives of young children. The Petersens have had the privilege of seeing the transformation early childhood education has on a developing body and mind. Rose began working with young children while still a student at UWSP and eventually operated her own facility for young children. Through this scholarship, Rose and Don will always continue to make a difference for the future of both early childhood students and future educators.

Specific criteria include:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00

  • Demonstrates, through a short essay, a passion for a career educating & changing the lives of young children. This essay must be uploaded with your application.

Dustin Proefrock Memorial Scholarship

This award is made possible by Kurt Proefrock, Corinna Frank and Nancy and Lucas Menzel in memory of Dustin Proefrock. Established by Kurt Proefrock and Corinna Frank, father and stepmother, and Nancy and Lucas Menzel, mother and brother, of Dustin Proefrock. Dustin was student teaching at John Edwards High School in Port Edwards when killed in an automobile accident in 2007. Dustin is greatly missed by his peers as well as his teachers at UWSP.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program

  • Preference given to student from Port Edwards, Wis., area

  • Financial need

Marjorie and Orland Radke Memorial Scholarship This award is made possible by Marjorie and Orland Radke for students in the School of Education. Marjorie and Orland both graduated from UWSP. Orland then spent 40 years in education – teaching math and science in Edgar and Antigo, serving as principal in Centuria and Sturgeon Bay, and returning to UWSP to serve for 30 years as Dean of Men and Director of Continuing Education and Extended Services. In addition to Orland and Marjorie, two of their sons and one granddaughter graduated from UWSP.

Students applying for this scholarship must be accepted to the UWSP School of Education. Selection will be based on involvement in both major and campus activities and will be awarded to the student who can be viewed as a well-rounded person. Preference will be given to students with a high GPA.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program

  • Involvement in both the major and campus activities


School of Education (SOE) Alumni Scholarship

Established through contributions from alumni of UWSP School of Education and its predecessors for outstanding students entering the teaching profession.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program

  • Junior, senior or graduate status next fall

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5

Sieglinde A. Sheahan Memorial Scholarship

Established by the family and many friends of Sieglinde Sheahan who died in 2000. Sieglinde was a gifted teacher known for her innovation and creativity. She worked for the UWSP School of Education and at the time of her death, had the job of her dreams teaching in the Mosinee School District.

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program

  • Elementary or secondary education major

  • Financial need

  • Excels in creativity and works well with young people

Vance Family Memorial Scholarship

Specific criteria include:

  • Admitted into Professional Education Program

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher

  • Wisconsin resident

  • Demonstrates financial need

  • Involved in community

  • Minority status




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