The UMW Philharmonic, supported by the Friends of the Philharmonic, is fortunate to have one of the largest and most progressive scholarship programs in the nation. With more than $1.3 million in endowments, we are able to award more than $45,000 per year to deserving orchestra students, regardless of major.

The “Philharmonic Scholars,” awards money each year based on service and merit. Students “create your own” scholarship by completing a musical service project during the year. Once completed, students receive a stipend that ranges from $500-$2,000 each. Projects may involve performance in chamber music series, musical research, community engagement, or work with area schools. One student recently produced a talent show at a local retirement home, for example. Another student ran sectionals at a local high school.

IN ADDITION to the Philharmonic Scholars, we award money based on auditions and participation in the orchestra. These scholarships include:

• Philharmonic Scholar: $7,500

Friends of the Philharmonic awards up to two (2) FULL TUITION and expenses scholarships worth $7,500 each to incoming Freshmen or transfer students, nominated by the conductor. The award is the 2nd highest given at UMW, and is meant for the very highest-level incoming performer. The recipient does not have to be a music major. To be eligible for this award, students must audition. Please contact us for more information.

• Henry & Grace Spicer Award: $4,000/year

The value of this award is $4,000, and is renewable each year. The award is merit-based for students who demonstrate high degrees of musicianship and leadership, and is voted by the full-time faculty of the music department in consultation with the Dean of Faculty. The recipient must be a music major.

• Mary Wynn Richmond McDaniel Philharmonic Scholarship: $2,500

The value of this award is $2,500. The McDaniel Scholarship is given each year to an incoming freshman who demonstrates a high level of musicianship. The recipient does not have to be a music major. To be eligible for this award, students must audition. Please contact us for more information.


• Kramer Scholarship Award:

This award is presented to one (full value) or two (half value each) string students who will serve as leaders in their section. Students need not be music majors to receive this award.

• Martha Johnson Scholarship Award:

This award can go to any student in the orchestra, regardless of major or instrument. It may be divided among several deserving students. The conductor of the orchestra designates the recipient or recipients of this award.

• Woodard Scholarship Awards:

This award is given to two to three students each year, from any section of the orchestra, regardless of major. A student who receives this award (recognized at the end of the fall term) must continue participation in the orchestra through the ensuing spring term.

• Russell-Sabetty Scholarship Awards:

The recipients are rising junior and senior level orchestra participants who exhibit musicianship, leadership, and other qualities that distinguish them as being of exceptional value to the orchestra. The recipient may come from any section and does not have to be a music major.