Scholarship Criteria

Guidelines & Criteria


TODA offers two types of scholarships; one for graduating, college-bound High School Seniors and another one for students already enrolled in a college or university.  The latter requires a minimum of 45+ credit hours and a 3.0 GPA toward a degree in music education.

Deadline is February 1, 2020

Eligibility requirements for the one-year HS graduate, college-bound scholarships:

  • Must be entering as a full-time freshman in the Fall following the summer the award is presented
  • Must be entering a Texas college or university taking a minimum of 12 hours
  • Must major in a music degree program leading to Texas teacher certification with music as the primary teaching field
  • Must be sponsored by a current TODA Member


Eligibility requirements for the college enrolled scholarships:

  • Must have a minimum of 45+ credit hours or college course work toward a degree in music education
  • Must show proof of current enrollment in a Texas college or university with a declared major in music education or similar major
  • Must have an overall GPA of 3.0


Application Criteria and required documentation for all undergraduate scholarships

Please submit the following:

  • Completed TODA Scholarship Application
  • Self-composed short essay (1-2 pages) that describes your reasons for becoming a teacher, commitment to music education, and future career goals
  • 3-5 evaluations from 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 and/or a current TODA member
  • Professional style resume that includes a list of any All-State or All-Region groups in which you have participated, any musical honors you have achieved, and any academic or non-musical honors you have achieved
  • Copy of your current academic transcript
  • Recent photo & short biography - these will not be made visible to the Scholarship Committee, and will only be used by the TODA Office in the event you are selected.


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