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General Scholarships

Named Scholarships

Creating a Named Scholarship, Working Towards an Endowed Scholarship

Establishing a named scholarship in memory or in honor of an individual provides a lasting legacy of his/her contributions to the choral arts, and provides critical educational support to young musicians. To establish a named TCDA Scholarship requires an initial gift of $5,000 to begin the process of establishing an endowment of at least $20,000.  There can be a three year period to raise the funds needed to establish the endowment.   TCDA will help publicize the effort by publishing the establishment of the scholarship in publications and on our website.  Family and friends establishing the named scholarship are also expected to help raise funds.  Establishing an endowed scholarship will leave a lasting legacy and a perpetual gift for generations to come.  For more information on creating a named scholarship, please e-mail Sharon Lott at [email protected] or call the TCDA Office at 512-474-2801.

Named Scholarships

Jim & Glenda Casey Scholarship

The Texas Choral Directors Association annually awards scholarships to active TCDA members (three years of continuous active membership required) seeking assistance with higher education (graduate school or certification level workshops).

Jackie Cocke Scholarship

The Texas Choral Directors Association annually awards scholarships to Texas college or university undergraduate music education or church music majors with 60 credit hours and at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 system.

Named Endowed Scholarships

Donald L. Bailey Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Donald Bailey and his wife, Karen, created TCDA's first endowed scholarship in 2013 to ensure TCDA could support music education at the Bachelor level and to ensure the profession of teaching music will continue for years to come.  Their generosity is greatly appreciated and has made a difference in the lives of the scholarship recipients that have gone on to become music educators.

Kathy Hackett Memorial Scholarship for High School Seniors/Graduates

Family and friends of Kathy Hackett are pleased to announce this endowed scholarship to provide financial assistance to Texas High School seniors graduating this year and will be attending a Texas college or university this Fall. This is only the second scholarship available through TCDA for high school seniors graduating this May.  The Hackett family wants to ensure there are scholarship opportunities for high school graduates in their freshman year of college.  To learn more and to apply, please click on the link below.


Lou Leonard Scholarship for TCDA MS/JH All-State/Elem Honor Choir Participation

Family and friends of Lou Leonard are pleased to announce this endowed scholarship to provide financial assistance to selected students to participate in the annual TCDA MS/JH All-State and/or Elementary Honor Choirs.  All gifts toward this fund are greatly appreciated and will help ensure TCDA can remove financial barriers for some children who love to sing, so they can participate in the All-State or Honor Choirs.  Please consider a gift to help us ensure scholarships for children who wish to participate in one of TCDA's honor choirs continue to be available for years to come.

 James Edward (Jim) Matheny Endowed Scholarship for High School Seniors/Graduates

This scholarship was also one of the first endowments created in 2013.  The Matheny family's desire to assist high school graduates pursue a college musical education is the goal.  This scholarship aims to assist freshman with their first year of college tuition and expenses, with a preference for those that graduated from Marshall HS in Marshall, TX or from A&M Consolidated HS in College Station, TX, both places where Jim Matheny taught and nurtured his choirs to achieve at the highest levels.

Mary Ann & Art Winden Endowed Scholarship

Through the generosity and foresight of Mr. and Mrs. Winden, the Mary Ann and Art Winden Endowed Scholarship was established in 2017. This is TCDA's most generous scholarship and provides tuition assistance to college students majoring in choral, vocal or church music.