Scholarships are available to university students and are awarded on the basis of ability (demonstrated at the audition) and academic standing. Scholarships are awarded for one year but are renewable annually provided students maintain the appropriate grade level, continue satisfactory performance in the major performance area, and participate in major ensembles as prescribed.

Applicants for University scholarships must complete all regular admissions procedures in order to be considered. It is highly recommended that any prospective trumpet student wishing to be considered for a scholarship contact Ryan Darke, Professor of Trumpet, as early as possible for recommendations on literature and preparation. Scholarship awards are competitive and proper preparation is essential. Awards can range from $500 annually to full tuition.

One of the best times to audition for these scholarships is during the Southwest Junior and Senior Honor Band Festival that occurs here on campus each spring. This honor band is comprised mainly of high school students from the western U.S. interested in attending the UA. During this festival we hold many scholarship auditions. This festival generally occurs in early January.

Graduate Scholarships/Fellowships

The School of Music also has financial aid for graduate trumpetists which provide one or more of the following:

  • in-state fees
  • out-of-state fees
  • a stipend in the form of a Graduate Fellowship of up to $10,000
  • Undergraduate Scholarships

    The School of Music has available both in-state and out-of-state waivers of tuition and fees. These scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to good musicians who want to continue their development as trumpet players at the university level. These waivers are often given for the entire year, but are sometimes given for one semester per year. The out-of-state students are eligible for both the in-state and out-of-state scholarships. All of these scholarships are automatically renewed when the student continues to improve on the instrument. It is important to note that there are no extraordinary performance requirements. The performance requirements are only those which appear in your published curriculum.

    Cash Awards

    Cash scholarships are also available, but on a limited basis, and may be awarded to those students who show extraordinary need, or who for some reason are ineligible for the waivers as described above.

    For additional information about financial aid, visit the Costs and Financial Assistance area of the University of Arizona website.