Scholarship Information

University Scholarships

Financial Aid and Scholarship Office is the official hub for scholarship information at Sonoma State University and awards over $2.5M in institutional scholarship opportunities each year. To be considered for merit scholarships, our University Scholarship Program enables students to complete a single application for a chance to be matched to over 200 opportunities.

Sonoma State University Scholarship Program 

Music Scholarships 

Incoming applicants completing a live entrance audition are automatically considered for a music scholarship. Continuing SSU music majors can audition for a scholarship at the November audition date. Music scholarships are awarded based on artistic talent and scholastic merit. Scholarships amounts typically range between $1000 – $10,000 per year. To audition for a music scholarship, please complete the Audition Application Form located on the Prospective Students homepage.

Music Scholarships are evaluated and renewed annually. Conditions of scholarship acceptance and continuance include:

  1. residency requirement (enrolled on campus) 
  2. full-time enrollment (minimum 12 units)
  3. active participation in assigned ensembles, as indicated in the scholarship contract
  4. a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA 
  5. no grade lower than a C in any music course *(a grade of C- is lower than a C)


Music Scholarship Endowments

  • James Abriel Memorial Scholarship Endowment*                                                   
  • Susan Jeza Music Scholarship*                                                                                    
  • American Foundation for the Arts                                                                                                                            
  • John and Peggy Donovan-Jeffry Scholarship                                                       
  • Mel Graves Scholarship Fund                                                                                       
  • Doug Heen and Bill Scogland Music Talent Award                                                
  • Demetrio and Theresa Jeffry Scholarship                                                                
  • Vesta Jelte Scholarship                                                                                               
  • Jeff Langley Honorary Scholarship Endowment Fund                                          
  • Carolyn Lewis Memorial Scholarship                                                                       
  • Bettina Vegara Lieber and Dr. Paul Lieber Violin Scholarship Endowment     
  • Tamara Loring Scholarship Fund                                                                                 
  • Arthur Carl Mammen Memorial Scholarship                                                             
  • Beverly J. McDonald Piano Scholarship                                                                  
  • Michael McDonald Scholarship                                                                                     
  • Lalmani Misra Memorial Scholarship                                                                       
  • Marvin Olson Memorial Endowment                                                                           
  • Melody Palmer Endowment Fund                                                                                 
  • Evert B. Person Endowment Fund                                                                             
  • William and Virginia Ross Memorial Scholarship                                                   
  • P. Kathleen Roth Endowed Scholarship Fund                                                          
  • Roxy Roth Scholarship Fund                                                                                      
  • Ezra G. Rust Scholarship for Musical Talent                                                         
  • Larry A. and Zilpha K. Snyder Memorial Scholarship                                             
  • Stephen Sorenson Memorial Scholarship                                                              
  • Laxmi Ganesh Tewari Merit Scholarship                                                                  
  • Pierce and Marie Thompson Memorial Piano Scholarship                                   
  • U'Ren Family Scholarship                                                                                              
  • Valdasz Family Foundation Endowed Music Fund                                                   
  • Ken Winett Scholarship                                                                                                  
  • World of Carpets Scholarship                                                                                        

Evert B. Person Endowment Fund

Evert B. Person (1915 – 2011) was the former publisher of The Press Democrat and one of Sonoma County's foremost philanthropists. Thanks to his generosity, a substantial endowment fund was established to support scholarship assistance to students majoring in the performing arts, private lessons, a variety of guest artists and masterclass presenters, and faculty scholarship activities.