As you may know, the University has changed its method of awarding undergraduate scholarships. In the past, you might have applied for a specific scholarship if you happened to know about it (for example, the Spicer or Walford) or a scholarship may simply have been bestowed upon you without any conscious attempt on your part to secure it. This is not the case anymore. Hereafter, if you want to be considered for a scholarship–even if you currently hold one and would like to retain it next year!–you will need to develop a profile and declare yourself an applicant for each scholarship through the new UMW application portal. You can access the scholarship portal here: https://umw.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com.
-I encourage all music majors–declared or prospective–to review the lists of scholarships housed in the department to see what might be a good fit for you. A list of scholarships available to Music majors may be found here: http://cas.umw.edu/music/department-of-music/scholarships/.
-Those of you who already have a Music scholarship through UMW I am asking to reapply for that same scholarship through the portal. In fact, this is now a requirement.
-Those of you who would like to be considered for a scholarship you do NOT currently hold I encourage to apply through the portal. I believe you have to apply for each scholarship separately. You are not required to apply for scholarships, but if you don’t apply we can’t reasonably consider you for any Music scholarships. A scholarship that might have, in the past, just found its way to you will not do so now unless you declare yourself eligible (i.e., declare yourself an applicant) through the scholarship portal.
There is still another incentive for you to make use of the scholarship portal: I have done some test searches myself and discovered that there are several scholarships not even housed within the department of Music that our students are eligible for and about which they might know nothing were they not to invest the time to search.
Your faculty will be reviewing applications the week of April 1 before we meet to determine scholarship winners. The sooner you attend to this, the sooner we can start reviewing applications. I think I recall something about early birds catching worms.
Wishing you all the best,
Joseph M. Romero, Ph.D.
Professor of Classics, Department of Classics, Philosophy, & Religion
Interim Chair of Music
Chair, CAS Faculty Development and Grants Committee
President, Fredericksburg Area Latin Teachers Association
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