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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Incoming Undergraduates

In order to be automatically considered for a music department scholarship, ALL incoming students (first-time freshmen and transfers) must audition OR submit materials by Saturday, January 25, 2019.

Please make sure to complete the CSUEB application process by November 30th, 2018. For more information about our application process, please visit our Apply Now page. 

Undergraduate Music Scholarships

Every year, the Department of Music offers scholarships to incoming and continuing music undergraduate majors. Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional skills in their field.

There is no formal application for these scholarships:

  • Incoming students who audition by January 26, 2019 are automatically considered for these (and all other Music Department) scholarships.
  • Continuing students are selected on the basis of their accomplishments within the Music Department.

The Robert Bornfield Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student (incoming or continuing) majoring in Music with a declared principal medium voice

The Bruce H. Hughes Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an incoming music major. To qualify for this opportunity, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be an incoming music major
  • Must have been selected by Professor David Stern or his successor through an audition
  • Must have a principal medium of voice
The Donald and Pat Smith Scholarship is awarded to students (incoming or continuing) majoring in Music. 

The Eugene Tucker Scholarship is awarded to an incoming undergraduate freshman or undergraduate transfer student admitted to the degree program in Music. To qualify for this
opportunity, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be an incoming undergraduate freshmen or undergraduate transfer student admitted to the B.A. in Music degree
    program in Music
  • Be enrolled full‐time in the Music program
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in high school or previous undergraduate study
    Demonstrate outstanding musical ability and potential based on entrance audition(s)
The Jim Bertram Memorial Music Scholarship is awarded to students (incoming or continuing) studying Music.

The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation Scholarship is awarded to incoming undergraduate freshman or undergraduate transfer students admitted to the degree program in Music. To qualify for this opportunity, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be an incoming undergraduate freshmen or undergraduate transfer student admitted to the B.A. in Music degree
  • Be a full‐time student
  • Be selected by audition before a scholarship committee of Music Department faculty

The Glasow Undergraduate Commission Award provides for the commission and performance of a new composition by an undergraduate composer in the Music Department. 

Hybrid (Graduate or Undergraduate) Music Scholarships

The Lawrence G. Granger and Timothy M. Smith Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students studying Music. Preference will be given to undergraduate students, however graduate students may apply. To qualify for this opportunity, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be in good standing at the University
  • Be a full‐time student
  • Demonstrate musical and academic success measured either by
    • active participation as string instrumentalist in the Music department performances, or
    • matriculation to the senior year of study in the music education degree program and/or acceptance in the state credential program (must have received the baccalaureate music degree from CSUEB)
  • Provide written recommendation of musical and academic success as witnessed by a full‐time or part‐time faculty member with whom the candidate has successfully completed a course.
The Friends of the Arts Scholarship in Music is awarded to students (incoming or continuing) studying Music (undergraduate or graduate).

Music Department Graduate-Specific Financial assistance

Teaching Associate assignments primarily involve classroom and laboratory instruction. Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to: classroom or laboratory instruction, making assignments to students, preparing course materials, administering examinations, assessing student performance, tutoring students and determining course grades. Duties can also include assisting faculty with field experience, supervision, simulation exercises and/or research projects.


  • Admitted to a CSUEB graduate degree program that is directly related to the discipline to which the individual is assigned
  • Current enrollment in semester of appointment
  • Making sufficient progress in good standing towards the graduate degree, i.e., maintaining a 3.0 G.P.A. and enrolled in courses for the degree or completion of the thesis, project or comprehensive exam within two years after completing all required course work

 GTAs (considered G1 CSUEB employees) get paid per course-unit assigned.

Instructional Student Assistant (ISAs) assignments primarily involve teaching, grading and/or tutoring duties.


  • Completion of specific coursework that is directory related to the discipline to which the individual is assigned.
  • Currently enrolled in at least 4 units
  • Previously enrolled for at least 4 units in the preceding semester, worked as a Student Assistant and is either taking a recess semester off and therefore is not enrolled as a student or is enrolled in less than 4 units.

ISAs are allowed to work a maximum of twenty (20) hours per week. Rates (per hour) vary depending on ISA employment level (1-3).

The Glenn Glasow Graduate Fellowship in Composition is awarded annually to a graduate student who shows outstanding potential as a music composer. Recipients of the fellowship receive financial support for one year of graduate study and are expected to premiere an original composition at the annual Glenn Glasow Memorial Concert in the Spring Semester. This concert, now a longstanding tradition, began during Glasow's lifetime. In 2009, his family established The Glenn Glasow and Yoshiko Kakudo Endowment in Music Composition to ensure that the annual memorial concert continues providing a showcase for works by Cal State East Bay alumni, faculty, and students.

Glasow was a professor of music and Asian studies from 1961 to 1995. Born in Minnesota, he attended Hamline University, studied music in Germany on a Fulbright grant and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Before joining the faculty at Cal State East Bay, Glasow was the music director at radio station KPFA. In addition to teaching, he was also an active composer and an expert in world music, particularly the music of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu

There is no formal application for this fellowship. Recipients are selected on the basis of scores submitted through the program application process and through student accomplishments in their private composition lessons.

CSUEB Undergraduate Financial Aid Information

Cal State East Bay also offers Scholarships and Financial Aid for incoming and continuing students. Below are the relevant links. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

CSUEB Graduate Financial Aid Information

The California State University system provides graduate students with a number of financial aid
options, including the following:

Graduate Opportunities and Financial Resources

Graduate Equity Fellowship - provides fellowships for economically disadvantaged Cal State East Bay students who have had success in overcoming educational disadvantages and promotes faculty mentoring and research opportunities. Awards range from $500 to $2,000. Applications are due in June.

Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive (Forgivable Loan) Program - provides financial assistance in the form of a student loan (up to $10,000 a year) to a limited number of individuals pursuing doctoral degrees. The program seeks to provide loans to doctoral students who are interested in applying and competing for CSU instructional faculty positions after completion of the doctoral degree. Applications are due in February.

California Pre-Doctoral Program - provides students with $3,000 to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral studies through faculty mentoring, scholarly and research opportunities, travel to visit doctoral-granting institutions, membership in professional associations, and attendance at professional conferences. Applications are due in February.

CSU Student Research Competition - annual competition that provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to showcase a recently completed research project and to represent Cal State East Bay. Cash prizes are awarded for the most outstanding presentations.

Graduate Student Research Grant - available to promote excellence in graduate scholarly research and creative activity

University's Office of Financial Aid

Scholarships, federal work study, loans, and grants (including those for veterans and those over 60-years of age) are available for graduate study at Cal State East Bay.

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