Department of Music

Music Scholarships & Awards

The cost of attending UNCW is exceptionally modest for both North Carolina and out-of-state students. The Department of Music’s scholarships can make attendance even more affordable. Combined with our outstanding faculty, this makes UNCW one of the most exceptional values in music study on the college scene today.

The Freshmen Merit-Award is a merit-based four-year scholarship offered to entering freshmen majoring in music with a high academic ability, and satisfying programmatic areas of need within the department. The award amount is $2500 per year for in-state students and $5000 per year for out of state students, as long as they demonstrate academic excellence each year.

Alma W. Adcock Scholarship in Music Education is a $500 merit scholarship, with the recipient selected on academic ability, special achievement, and a demonstrated passion for music education. Preference will be given to those students who intend to teach music at the elementary level.

William F. Adcock, Jr. Scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to graduate from the music program at UNCW and who does not have more than 36 hours to complete before graduation. This award is based on: (a) overall excellence in music, (b) above average academic record, and (c) an acceptable performance standard. Serious consideration will be given to those students who excel in at least one aspect of music, such as performance, music education, etc. The amount of the award, approximately $1,500, will be determined by the scholarship committee and dependent on the current status of the Adcock Fund.

The Christopher Kent Beaver Memorial Choral Music Scholarship was created by Mrs. Polly Beaver in memory of her husband, Christopher Kent Beaver, who was a gifted and outstanding singer, choral director and church musician. His love for music translated into a love for his musical colleagues and for those who came to hear that music. He will be remembered not only for adding to the richness of the sound of the choir but also adding to the richness of the experience for fellow choir members, both musically and personally. The award, approximately $1,000, may be offered to any full-time UNCW student in good standing, regardless of academic major, who is registered for the UNCW Concert Choir or UNCW Chamber Singers.

The Joe Hickman Scholarship in Choral Music was created by the Department of Music in honor of Joe Hickman’s retirement. Dr. Joe Hickman was professor of music and director of choral activities at the University of North Carolina Wilmington from 1979-2019, where he conducted Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, and conducted many performances on campus, in the community, and regionally. He led university choral ensembles on 13 tours in England and Europe, giving dozens of performances in major cities and smaller towns. In addition, Hickman was music director for Opera Wilmington and conducted Rigoletto, Così fan tutte, Carmen, Die Fledermaus, and Amahl and the Night Visitors. Guest conductor appearances took him throughout the eastern United States. His research includes editing and arranging music, and, in recent years, he has done orchestral reductions for oratorio and opera projects. Hickman’s Haydn Creation and Verdi Rigoletto reductions have been published by two major European publishers. Hickman earned his Bachelor of Music at West Virginia University and his Master and Doctor of Music at Indiana University.

The Cape Fear Jazz Society Scholarships in Music are annual awards established by the Cape Fear Jazz Society in support of students who are interested in majoring in music within the jazz program. The scholarships are based primarily on study of jazz instrumental performance and/or composition. Academic merit is the secondary consideration and is defined as 3.0 GPA, first consideration, with 2.5 GPA as a second consideration. The student should be pursuing a degree in music and actively involved within the jazz program, including the jazz ensembles. The scholarships are available to incoming freshman as well as continuing students. The award is renewable based on the committee’s recommendation. If no appropriate applicant is available the amount may be held until an appropriate recipient may apply.

Mary Ann and Spencer Everett Scholarship was created by Mary Ann and Spencer Everett, and was established to assist students majoring in music within the College of Arts and Sciences. The scholarship, approximately $1,750, is considered a merit scholarship and the recipient will be selected based on demonstrated talent and academic ability. The recipient must have been accepted into the Department of Music and be a student performer of classical music; preference will be given to vocalists. This scholarship is in honor of Nancy King, UNCW vocal coordinator and professor.

Mary Eunice Troy Scholarship was created by Meira Warshauer in honor and memory of Mary Eunice Troy, a Wilmington resident and a nationally recognized piano teacher/ clinician who was dedicated to her profession and to her students, many of whom continue to enjoy impressive careers in music. The scholarship will be used to assist students pursuing a degree offered by the Department of Music, pursuing a degree in performance with a concentration in Piano. The scholarship consists of two one-time awards of $1,250.

Patrick M. Foster Memorial Scholarship in Music is a $1,000 merit-based scholarship, recognizing demonstrated academic ability and special achievement for students pursuing a degree in music. The award amount may be greater than $1,000, if funds are available. Primary consideration for this award will be given to students maintaining a GPA of 3.0 while enrolled at UNCW. Secondary consideration will be given to financial need, as determined by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Henriksen Scholarship in Music is a $1,000 merit-based scholarship, recognizing demonstrated academic ability and special achievement. The award amount may be greater than $1,000 if funds are available. Preference for this award is given to students pursuing studies in voice.

Mary T. Newman Scholarship in Music is a $500 award to promote a passion for music throughout a lifetime through music education. Its purpose is to assist students interested in pursuing a degree offered by the Department of Music.

The Codespot-Moore Scholarship in Classical Guitar is considered a merit scholarship and the recipient will be selected on demonstrated academic ability and special achievement, as well as the “most improved” by the Department Chair and the appointed scholarship committee. In addition, the recipient must have been accepted for admission to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and pursuing a degree offered by the Department of Music and be studying classical guitar. The award may be given to undergraduate students and is renewable if the committee still believes they are “most improved” and deserving of the award for another year. 

The UNCW Department of Music Artistic Talent Scholarship is a talent-based music scholarship to help recruit and retain talented students for the music department's performance groups in order to maintain a balanced student population for various musical endeavors, such as large ensembles, chamber music, and accompanying, among others.

Department of Music Scholarships are awarded to recruit and retain exceptional music majors in the four areas of Winds and Percussion, Voice, Jazz, and Guitar/Strings/Piano. These scholarships may be awarded as one-year, or four-year scholarships as determined by program needs and area coordinators in consultation with their respective faculty. Students receiving these awards must fulfill the following conditions during the academic year(s) the scholarship is awarded:

  1. Maintain full-time (minimum 12 hours) music major status in the same degree program as when the scholarship was awarded.
  2. Participate and perform in ensembles each semester recommended by your applied instructor and departmental needs.
  3. Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in all music courses and a minimum 2.7 GPA overall.
  4. Maintain acceptable class attendance and demonstrate appropriate preparation, attitude, and artistic growth.

Scholarships listed above are made in two payments, one in the fall and one in the spring, and are renewable annually.


The application deadline for all scholarships is March 24 for each following academic year. The music faculty awards scholarships to students who plan to be full-time music majors during both semesters in the academic year of the award.

For more information about scholarships, visit the UNCW Financial Aid website.  

To start a scholarship application:

  • Go to mySeaport
  • Select the Academics Tab
  • Select "Apply for Scholarships" from the Student Services menu options


Ensemble Service Awards are available to music majors and non-music majors for their invited participation in UNCW music ensembles, and are used to recruit, retain students for ensemble balance, as well as musical integrity. Award amounts vary based on ensemble need as well as individual musical abilities as determined by an audition. Interested students should contact the ensemble directors for more information.


Questions concerning music scholarships may be addressed to the UNCW Department of Music.
For information about other monetary assistance, call the UNCW Financial Aid office at 910-962-3177.

The Richard R. Deas Young Artists Concerto Competition, UNCW Division

UNCW students currently enrolled as majors or minors in the Department of Music. They must be studying with a UNCW applied music instructor both during the semester of the audition and the semester of the performance. No past winner in the UNCW Division may enter on the same instrument.

Audition pieces must be performed from memory. The contestant must provide an accompanist and three copies of the music for the judges (contestants are responsible for observing applicable copyright laws). The decision of the judges is final, and the winner must perform the composition played at the audition, accompanied by the Wilmington Symphony at the February concert.

Selections must be no more than 12 minutes in length; click here for suggested list. For works not listed, the suitability and availability of performance materials must be approved by the conductor prior to the acceptance of the application. No composition may be entered if it appeared or will appear on any Wilmington Symphony concert the prior season or the current season.

There is a $15 non-refundable application fee.

Auditions, rehearsals, and performance
Audition and performance dates (which are the same as those for the High School division)
Online application form