Each year, Purdue Bands & Orchestras awards over $350,000 in scholarship support. With a department the size of 850+ students, we want to be sure no student is denied the opportunity to continue playing and performing at the collegiate level.
Incoming freshman have the opportunity to audition for the Leath Scholarship in early February of each year. Purdue Bands & Orchestras hosts a day filled with auditions, campus tours and informational sessions. All scholarship offers will be made after March 1. Approximately 25-30 students are selected and between $1,000- $2,500 is awarded per student. This opportunity is open for instrumental students only.
Upperclassmen (sophomores-seniors) apply for scholarships via an online application form each semester. Selection is determined by the faculty. This opportunity is open to every student who is enrolled in one of our classes at the time applications are due.
Last year, 116 students received a scholarship from Purdue Bands & Orchestras, less than 14% of our population! Raising money for student scholarships will help us put students first, a Purdue Moves initiative—Student Affordability & Accessibility. To help support this, click here!
Thank you to our donors!
Al & Gladys Wright Hall of Fame Award
Black & Gold Legacy Scholarship
Carolyn Gephart Oboe Scholarship
Chameleon Jazz Band Scholarship
Charles Hass Memorial Scholarship
Concert Band Scholarship
David Foertsch Memorial Brass Award
David M. Martin Band Scholarship
Dingledine Twirling Line Scholarship
Emery Steiner Memorial Scholarship
Herb & Janice Wilson Band Student in Engineering Scholarship
Jesse O. Ballard Band Scholarship
Joe & Kathleen Berger Jazz Band Scholarship
John W. Ryan Scholarship
June & Jerry Lauer Golden Girl Scholarship
Karen Steinhoff Price Memorial Scholarship
Kohl Chief of Staff Scholarship
Lillian & R.B. Stewart Award of Musical Excellence
Lisa Todd Girl-in-Black Scholarship
Lynn Michelle LeMay Memorial Flute Award
Martin-Dodd Jazz Band Scholarship
Maxine Lefever “All-American” Percussionist Award
Mike Allen Drum Major Scholarship
Paul “Spotts” Emrick Award
Paul Towner Outstanding Trombonist Award
Pauline & Suzanne Wiscaver-Alston Scholarship
Purdue Orchestra Scholarship
R. Owen Severance Scholarship
Richard & Connie Grade Award of Honor
Rick Wunder Memorial Scholarship
Robert & Trudy Hull Band Scholarship
Robert H. Booth Memorial Scholarship
Tom Miller “All-American” Marching Band Scholarship
Wilson Student Leader Band Scholarship