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The Hinds Music Department offers a variety of scholarships and awards that you can apply towards your cost of attendance. All of our institutional awards can be stacked with other awards, grants, etc., to form a very appealing financial aid package. To begin the process, please click on Prospective Music Majors in the main menu and submit all the applications listed. See below for a basic list of awards that we offer.

Music Major Scholarships
Full and half tuition scholarships are available for incoming freshmen who plan to major in music. Students need to have an ACT composite score of 16 or higher to be considered. These students should make application and schedule an audition through their respective studio. Since freshman music majors enroll in an average of 18 hours, it’s important that they be prepared for college work. Students enrolled in more than one development course will have an opportunity to audition for a scholarship upon completion of developmental courses with a 3.0 GPA. After the first semester of award, the music major scholarship is renewable for three semesters, provided that the semester GPA in music remains at 3.0 or above and the overall GPA is 2.5 or above.

Music Industry Scholarships
Generous scholarships are available to students majoring in Music Industry (recording arts program). Chosen by audition and interview, the students are expected to enroll in all recording arts courses as advised and participate in a music industry ensemble. Scholarship recipients are required to meet certain academic guidelines.  Click on Music Industry in the main menu for more information.

Band Scholarships
All instrumental majors are required to participate in marching band and wind ensemble or concert band. Generous scholarships are available for each of these ensembles. Click Band Department in the main menu for more information on scholarships, auditions, and ensembles.

Choir Scholarships
There are a limited number of scholarships available to students who are not majoring in music. Chosen by audition from the Hinds choir, the students will enroll in voice lessons and will be required to meet choral and vocal obligations as set forth in the course policy sheet. The audition will include but not limited to sight singing and personal interviews. Click on Choral Activities in the main menu for more information. 

Foundation Scholarships
Foundation Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who are involved in extracurricular activities, have a desire for achievement, show excellence in the classroom, and/or have a need for financial assistance. Foundation scholarships are awarded in many areas. Click here for Foundation Scholarship Applications and Instructions.

To apply, submit the following:

  • Application for Admission to Hinds Community College
  • Application for Foundation Scholarships, which includes a summary of why you feel you should be considered for this scholarship, list of achievements and statement of financial need, if applicable.
  • High school and/or college transcript
  • ACT scores (or GED scores, if applicable)
  • Three recommendations from individuals representing school, church, community, civic, work, etc. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure their recommendations have been submitted by appropriate deadlines. 

Submit the above as a complete packet by February 15 to:

Enrollment Services
P.O. Box 1100
Raymond, MS 39154-1100

Examples of Foundation Scholarships for Musicians

Foundation scholarships are awarded in many areas. Submit the foundation application and packet above to see what you are eligible for. 

Carl Ashby, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

  • Must be a full time student pursuing a degree in music and maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Must be a graduate of Vicksburg-Warren School District
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Toby Tenhet Endowed Scholarship

  • Must be a full time student (first preference will be given to a student who plays saxophone in the band and second preference to a student who plays a woodwind instrument in the band)
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA

Jessie McLendon Thrash Endowed Scholarship

  • Must be a full time student studying the art of piano and/or organ
  • Must have 2.5 or better GPA

Jane Klinck-State Farm Insurance Scholarship

  • Must be enrolled in HCC Orchestra and string lessons at HCC
  • Must maintain 2.5 or better cumulative GPA

James L. Reeves Choir Scholarship

  • Must be a full time student and a member of the Raymond Campus Choir
  • Must have 2.5 GPA
  • Must have 3.5 Choir GPA