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, and to active TCDA members (three years of continuous active membership required) seeking assistance with higher education (graduate school or certification level workshops). 

The deadline for scholarship applications has passed.

The TCDA General Scholarship Application is used for the following scholarships awarded to selected applicants enrolled
Donald L Bailey Endowed Scholarship
Mary Ann and Art Winden Endowed Scholarship
Cloys Webb Scholarship
Jackie Cocke Scholarship
TCDA General Fund Scholarships
William Gorham Scholarship
Jim and Glenda Casey Scholarship

Gandy Ink Scholarship
Abbott-Ipco Scholarship

If you are a senior or a recent graduate of Marshall High School, Marshall, TX or A&M Consolidated High School, College Station, TX, you are eligible to apply for the James Edward Matheny Endowed Scholarship.  Please click here to download the application.

The following funds have been established with the goal of creating lasting endowments.  If you would like to help ensure these funds will reach their monetary goals and be able to award scholarships in the coming years, please give by clicking on the links below or going to our Giving Opportunities form. (Please note, no awards will be made from any of these funds while they are in the "building stage".  Scholarship awards will be made when the endowment amount is achieved.)

Kathy Blair - financial assistance for entering freshman
Lou Leonard - financial assistance for selected Elementary Honor Choir and/or MS/JH All-State Choir participants
Kathy L. Hackett - financial assistance for entering freshman

If you would like to give to our scholarship funds, please go to Giving Opportunities to make online gifts.

TCDA awarded 9 student and 3 professional scholarships at the 2019 Convention.

Student Scholarships and 2019 Recipients
(pictured with TCDA President, Past-President,
& Scholarship Committee Chair):

  • Cloys Webb Student Scholarship ($1,000)  & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Vivian Suarez-Espinoza, University of Texas San Antonio
  • Past Presidents Student Scholarship ($1,000)  & TCDA General Fund ($500) - James Segura, University of Texas San Antonio
  • Jackie Cocke Student Scholarship ($1,000)  & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Adam Thomas, Texas Christian University
  • Donald Bailey Student Scholarship ($1,000)  & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Helen McDaniel, Baylor University
  • James Matheny Student Scholarship ($1000) & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Henrick Zetterstrom, Texas Tech University
  • Mary Ann & Art Winden Scholarship ($4,000) - Kameryn Mattingly, Texas Tech University
  • General Student Scholarship ($1,500) - Ashley Dean, University of Texas at Arlington
  • General Student Scholarship ($1,500) - Ivan Rodriguez, Texas State University
  • General Student Scholarship ($1,500) - Laurel Kroesch, University of North Texas

Professional Scholarships and 2018 Recipients:

TCDA/Jim & Glenda Casey Professional Scholarship ($1000) - Hannah Ware
TCDA/Abbott IPCO Professional Scholarship ($1,000) - Debbie Seitter
Gandy Ink Professional Scholarship ($1,000) - Francis Vu


All requirements and criteria are listed on the scholarship application.  For undergraduate applicants, TCDA scholarship awards include the following criteria:

  • Must be student members of TCDA;
  • Current enrollment as a full-time undergraduate student at a Texas college or university, in choral music education or church music major;
  • 3.0 overall GPA average based on a 4.0 system;
  • Current transcript;
  • Completion of 60 hours by May 31 in the year of the award;
  • Two sealed letters of recommendation (one from a current TCDA member); Letters of recommendation may be emailed instead of postal mail.  Please send to [email protected]
  • Letter of application (typed or printed) detailing musical contributions and accomplishments, potential for success in the choral music profession, and professional qualifications.
For professional applicants, the following criteria includes:
  • Three continuous years of TCDA membership;
  • A letter of application describing your qualifications, professional goals and a description of the higher education or workshop certification sought;
  • Resume or Vitae.

Qualified applicants are considered without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

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 an endowed TCDA Scholarship requires an initial gift of $5,000 to begin the process of establishing an endowment.  There can be a three year period to raise the funds needed to establish the endowment, ultimately a $20,000 fund.   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 Lutz at [email protected] or call the TCDA Office at 512-474-2801.