Christopher Priolo Scholarship
Christopher Priolo served as a part-time faculty member and Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at MSU Denver from 1982 until his untimely death in 1989. He was a gifted composer and teacher and was so missed by his family, friends, music department colleagues, and students that they created the Christopher Priolo Endowed Scholarship for Music Composition to honor and perpetuate his creative legacy.
A scholarship application process will be held each year to select the scholarship winner(s). The MSU Denver Foundation, based upon the amount of the endowment, determines the award amount and number of awards annually. Awards are one-time awards and are not automatically renewable; however, previous recipients are eligible to receive another award. Financial need is not a criterion for eligibility and applicants may not be eliminated from consideration because they have been awarded other forms of financial aid. There is no residency requirement for this scholarship. The eligibility criteria to apply for the scholarship competition are as follows:
Be a declared Music Major
Minimum 6 credit hours enrollment
Outstanding achievement or potential as composer
Students wishing to apply for Priolo Endowed Scholarship must submit an application to MSU Denver Music Office by the advertised deadline. The application should include an essay addressing the applicant’s background and qualifications for receiving the scholarship, a description of the applicant’s career plans, and a statement specifically addressing the eligibility criteria listed above. Five copies of the application must be submitted by the deadline, all signed and dated by the applicant.
Scholarship recipient(s) will be selected by a appointed by the Chair of the MSU Denver Department of Music and the appropriate area coordinator. Based upon the application, as well as the committee’s knowledge of the applicant’s abilities, citizenship, and musical skills, the applicant(s) judged to have the greatest potential will be selected as winner(s). In the event that the committee determines that none of the applicants meet this criterion, no award will be made. All decisions made by the scholarship committee are final and cannot be appealed.
The chair of the scholarship committee will inform all applicants of their award status after the scholarship committee makes a final determination. Recipients will be informed of the procedure to be used to receive their award.