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:
Donald L Bailey Endowed Scholarship
Mary Ann and Art Winden Endowed Scholarship
Cloys Webb Scholarship
TCDA General Fund Scholarships
Jackie Cocke Scholarship
Abbott-Ipco Scholarship
TCDA General Fund Scholarships
William Gorham Scholarship
Jim and Glenda Casey Scholarship
Gandy Ink 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.

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

TCDA awarded 10 student and 3 professional scholarships at the 2018 Convention.

Student Scholarships and 2018 Recipients
(pictured with TCDA President & Past-President):

  • Cloys Webb Student Scholarship ($1,000)  & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Kameron Mattingly, Texas Tech University
  • Bill Gorham Student Scholarship ($1,000)  & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Gregory Goedecke, University of Houston
  • Past Presidents Student Scholarship ($1,000)  & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Olivia Havel, University of North Texas
  • Jackie Cocke Student Scholarship ($1,000)  & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Rachel McCormick, Baylor University
  • Donald Bailey Student Scholarship ($1,000)  & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Casey LeVie, Baylor University
  • James Matheny Student Scholarship ($1000) & TCDA General Fund ($500) - Aaron Wardlaw, Texas A&M - Commerce
  • Mary Ann & Art Winden Scholarship ($4,000) - Ashley Dean, University of Texas at Arlington
  • General Student Scholarship ($1,500) - Tiffany Ibarra, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • General Student Scholarship ($1,500) - Jazmin Almendarez, University of Texas at Arlington
  • General Student Scholarship ($1,500) - Marissa Garcia, Texas Tech University

Professional Scholarships and 2018 Recipients:

TCDA/Jim & Glenda Casey Professional Scholarship ($1000) - Clinton Hardy
TCDA/Abbott IPCO Professional Scholarship ($1,000) - Joshua Brown
Gandy Ink Professional Scholarship ($1,000) - Debbie Pilgrim


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 a named 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.   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.