Scholarships

For Undergraduate Students and Student Teachers

TMEA is proud to offer scholarships each year to students in undergraduate and graduate programs who are majors in a music degree program leading to Texas teacher certification with music as the primary teaching field. The scholarship portal is open August 1-November 1. Scholarship winners will be announced by the third week of January.

The following scholarships are available to undergraduate students (multiple awarded annually):

  • One-Year Scholarships: $2,500 for one year, to be distributed for Fall 2021 semester.
  • One-Semester Student Teaching Scholarships: $2,500 for students student teaching during Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 semesters.

Undergraduate Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate music major in a music degree program leading to Texas teacher certification with music as the primary teaching field.
  • Must be a College Student Member of TMEA.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a four-point scale.
  • Student may reapply for consideration in subsequent years.
  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student as defined by the attending institution.

One-Semester Student Teaching Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a currently enrolled music major in a music degree program leading to Texas teacher certification with music as the primary teaching field.
  • Must be a College Student Member of TMEA.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a four-point scale.
  • Must be scheduled to student teach within the two semesters following the application deadline.
  • Must not currently have a TMEA Scholarship.

Application Criteria

  • Completed TMEA Scholarship Application.Do not create more than one application. If you created an application and lost your upload link please email kvanlandingham@tmea.org before 3:30 pm on November 1.
  • Submit 5 names and emails of individuals who can address your potential for success in an undergraduate music education program, potential for success as a music educator, music skills and abilities, work ethic, and other personal qualities. One evaluation must be submitted by your primary ensemble director. These evaluations will be completed online.
  • Self-composed short essay (1-2 pages) that describes your reasons for becoming a teacher, commitment to music education, and future career goals. This document must be uploaded in PDF or Microsoft Word format.
  • Professional style resume that includes a list of honors, including any All-State groups in which you have participated, musical honors you have achieved, and other academic or non-musical honors you have achieved. This document must be uploaded in PDF or Microsoft Word format.
  • Copy of your current academic transcript may be uploaded as a PDF or mailed to TMEA, 7900 Centre Park Dr., Austin, TX 78754. If you are currently a college freshman, you should submit your high school transcript. The transcript must be received on or before November 1. Do not email or fax your transcript to TMEA.

Need Help?

For questions about TMEA scholarship opportunities, contact Kay Vanlandingham.