Scholarships

The Department of Recording Industry offers a number of scholarships each spring to continuing students. Amounts of these one time awards vary from approximately $300-$3,000, but actual monetary amounts of each award is determined annually. Information about the available scholarships is detailed below, and it is important to read over the specific application criteria and procedures for each scholarship carefully before submission. Click here to download detailed instructions and scholarship descriptions.

Application Information

To apply for one or more of the scholarships listed below, submit the following items to the Recording Industry department:

  • A copy of your current résumé limited to ONE PAGE.
  • A copy of your current transcript
  • A completed scholarship application (click here to download the application PDF)
  • A list of the scholarships for which you are applying. (Put your name on the page at the top, and then simply list the applicable scholarships.)
  • A ONE PAGE MAXIMUM cover letter that describes why you feel you should be considered for a scholarship. (Here is your chance to go into more detail than is available on the scholarship application form. Be efficient with your writing as you only have a single page, and you may single-space the letter to optimize space.)

If your application does not include one or more of the items listed above, your application will be considered incomplete and will be removed from the selection process.

Important:

  • Submit all materials in a single manila envelope (please do not use a manila folder)
  • Do not staple any of the materials together
  • You only have to submit a single cover letter to apply for all of the scholarships
  • Quality of writing and neatness will be part of the scholarship application evaluation process

Application Deadline:  Friday, February 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Applications must be hand-delivered to Department of Recording Industry, Room 251, Bragg Mass Communication Building.  Late applications will not be considered.  The winner of each scholarship will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.    

Andy White Memorial Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time Recording Industry major admitted to candidacy
2. Must have earned 75 credit hours (2nd semester Junior)
3. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 RIM GPA 

Bill Williams Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:  Must be a full-time Recording Industry major

Bluesboro-Omega Delta Psi Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time Recording Industry major admitted to candidacy
2. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
3. Preference will be given to those with financial need.
4. Preference will be given to members of ODP. 

Bob Jennings Memorial Scholarship Award

This scholarship is intended to support internship travel and expenses.    

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time Recording Industry major admitted to candidacy
2. Must be eligible for the internship program now or by next spring
3. Preference will be given to students who have out-of-state internships 

Brody Jay Towler Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time Recording Industry major admitted to candidacy
2. Must be involved in student organizations.
3. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
4. Must have financial need 

Charlie Daniels Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time RIM major
2. Preference will be given students that express some knowledge of or interest in country and southern rock music, such as that of Charlie Daniels.

Chris Young Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time RIM major admitted to candidacy
2. Preference given to students interested in pursuing careers in the music industry,including production, management, performance, and songwriting.
3. Preference given to students who have earned more than 60 credit hours.
4. Preference given to students who graduated from a Rutherford County high school.

Copyright Society of the South Award

The Recording Industry faculty will select two or three finalists; the names and application materials of these finalists will be submitted to the Copyright Society of the South. A committee from this organization will select the award winner. The winner will be notified when the Copyright Society makes their decision, which may be in the Fall. Finalists will be recognized at the spring Awards Ceremony.

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time Recording Industry major
2. Must have earned 75 credit hours (2nd semester Junior)
3. Must have completed RIM 3700 (Copyright Law)
4. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA 

Copyright Solutions Annual Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time Recording Industry major admitted to candidacy
2. Must have earned at least 60 credit hours
3. Must have taken or currently be enrolled in RIM 3900 (Music Publishing)
4. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and at least a 3.0 RIM GPA
5. Must be active in the local and/or university music industry community (such as involvement with student organizations, volunteer opportunities within the industry, or other extracurricular music business/production activities) 

Damien Bell Scholarship Award

This scholarship is intended to support internship travel and expenses.

Application Specifications:

1. Must be an African-American student
2. Must be a full-time RIM major admitted to candidacy
3. Must be eligible for the internship program now or by next spring. Preference will be given to students who have out-of-state internships; however, anyone eligible for the internship program is encouraged to apply.
4. Preference will be given to those with financial need. 

George Jones Memorial Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full time RIM major
2. Must have at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA
3. Must be eligible to receive financial aid
4. Financial need shall be a primary consideration in the awards process.
5. Preference will be given to first-generation college students and students who face financial challenges.
6. Preference will be given to students who express some knowledge of or interest in country music, such as that of George Jones. 

Jim and Ann Free Scholarship

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time RIM major admitted to candidacy
2. Must be a veteran who has served in any military service branch
3. Must show financial need (student must file FAFSA)
4. Preference will be given to students who have earned over 60 credit hours
5. Preference will be given to students with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA

Journey Home Project Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a RIM major
2. Must have earned 60 credits (Junior status)
3. Must have a declared field of study in Music Business
4. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA

Miller Harris Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time Recording Industry major admitted to candidacy
2. Must have earned 75 credit hours (2nd semester Junior)
3. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and at least a 3.0 RIM GPA

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Scholarship Award

Scholarships are available to students in the Department of Recording Industry at MTSU from NARAS. Two students will be selected as finalists by the Recording Industry faculty. Those two students will be interviewed by NARAS along with finalists from other schools offering recording industry degrees in Nashville. Winners will be selected from those interviewed. 

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time RIM major admitted to candidacy
2. Must have earned at least 60 credit hours
3. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
4. Financial need will be taken into consideration 

National Music Publishers’ Association S.O.N.G.S. Foundation Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time RIM major admitted to candidacy
2. Must be declared as having a RIM concentration in Commercial Songwriting
3. Must have earned at least 60 credit hours
4. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
5. Preference will be given to students with financial need

Nashville Entertainment Association Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time Recording Industry major admitted to candidacy
2. Must have earned 75 credit hours (2nd semester Junior)
3. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and at least a 3.0 RIM GPA
4. Must have past, current, or plans for future involvement in the Nashville musical community. (Make sure your résumé reflects this requirement.) 

Sarah Thompson Memorial Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time Recording Industry major, pre-candidacy only
2. Must be enrolled in at least one recording industry class
3. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
4. Must have financial need 
 

Si Siman Scholars Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time Recording Industry major admitted to candidacy
2. Must have earned 75 credit hours (2nd semester Junior)
3. Must have an interest in music publishing
4. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and at least a 3.0 RIM GPA 

Society of Leaders in Development (SOLID) Scholarship Award

One scholarship is available to a student in the Recording Industry department from the Society of Leaders in Development. The Recording Industry faculty will select three finalists. These three students’ applications will be submitted to the SOLID University Outreach Committee, who will then decide the final winner.

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time Recording Industry major admitted to candidacy
2. Must have earned at least 60 credit hours
3. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and at least a 3.0 RIM GPA
4. Must be active in the local and/or university music industry community (such as involvement with student organizations, volunteer opportunities within the industry, or other extracurricular music business/production activities)  

Street Symphony Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a full-time Recording Industry major admitted to candidacy
2. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
3. Must be eligible to receive financial aid
4. Must be active in the local and/or university music industry community (such as involvement with student organizations, volunteer opportunities within the industry, or other extracurricular music business/production activities)
5. Preference will be given to African-American students.
6. Preference will be given to those with financial need.

Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards Scholarship Award

Application Specifications:

1. Must be a Recording Industry major with an Audio Production concentration
2. Must have earned 75 credit hours (2nd semester Junior)
3. Must have earned at least 12 hours of RIM credit
4. Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and at least a 3.0 RIM GPA
5. Must have involvement in campus organizations, preferably with Recording Industry organizations 

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