H. William Morse Scholarship
H. William Morse, Emeritus Professor of Music at MSU Denver and an outstanding music educator and conductor, taught from 1982 until his retirement in 2004. He served as the Director of the MSU Denver Symphony Orchestra for over twenty years and wishes that the endowed scholarship established in his name be used to assist an outstanding orchestral music student.
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 12 credit hours enrollment
Outstanding instrumentalist involved in the MSU Denver orchestra currently and during time of scholarship award
Junior or senior class status
Need may be considered as a factor but is not required.
Students wishing to apply for H. William Morse 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.
A committee appointed by the Chair of the MSU Denver Department of Music and the appropriate area coordinator will select scholarship recipient(s). H. William Morse will be invited to participate in the committee’s deliberations, but the committee will make the final decision. 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.