Scholarships and Giving Opportunities

The Music Department has a Music Excellence Fund and several scholarship accounts held at the Oswego College Foundation. The Music Department Excellence Fund is a flexible fund that can be used to support new initiatives, guest artists and speakers, equipment and advertising for the Music Department. Scholarship accounts are used to support music majors and minors who are active in our program

To make a contribution:

  • Make checks payable to "Oswego College Foundation." You may designate a specific scholarship if you wish.
  • Mail to: Oswego College Foundation, King Alumni Hall, SUNY, Oswego, NY 13126

Available scholarships:
Maurice O. Boyd Scholarship      

Dr. Boyd was chair of the Music Department from 1947-1971 and oversaw its rapid expansion after the college joined the newly formed State University of New York in 1948.  Due to his vision and dedication, the department has expanded significantly.  This award has been fully endowed by the Boyd family and is given annually to an outstanding upper classman music major.   Applicants must be a music major or minor and are nominated/selected by members of the music faculty.

Carlos Manobianco Scholarship     

Carlos Manobianco taught guitar at Oswego from 1971 until his death in 1986.  He also taught at Syracuse University, Onondaga Community College and Colgate University.  He studied guitar in Europe with Andres Segovia and Sans de la Maza, and in New York under Rey de la Torre.  He was well known throughout the Syracuse area for his work and performed live for Syracuse radio and television stations.  Applicants are nominated/selected by members of the music faculty.

Music Memorial Scholarship     

The general music scholarship awards are given to Sophomore and Junior music majors who will or have made significant contributions to the Music Department through their performance activities.  Applicants are nominated/selected by members of the music faculty.

Sophie Sarat Welling Scholarship      

This scholarship award was established by Victoria Marsh to honor the memory of her mother, Sophie Sarat Welling '34. An alumna of the Campus School and the Oswego Normal School, Mrs. Welling broadened the horizons of her students through music education. As a student teacher, Mrs. Welling was the first educator at the Campus School to introduce her students to foreign languages and cultures through song. The scholarship recognizes and encourages the efforts of a music student at Oswego State.  Applicants are nominated/selected by members of the music faculty.  Candidates must (1) be of junior status during the spring semester (having completed 57-86 credits, including transfer credits, by deadline); (2) have a minimum GPA of 3.0; (3) have exhibited that he/she is a person of integrity and good character; and (4) be a music major or minor, or actively involved in a choral ensemble, music theatre and/or opera productions.

Dr. James "Doc" Soluri Scholarship    

This award is named in memory of James "Doc" Soluri (d. 2006) whose ability to recognize and promote students with the unique potential for becoming outstanding performers will long be remembered.  This award is open to any junior or senior who (1) is a music and/or theatre major or minor; (2) demonstrates through performance, both on and off campus, a high level of achievement and potential in music theatre; and (3) maintains a 2.50 or better cumulative GPA.  Students must apply during their sophomore or junior year (having completed 27-86 credits including transfer credits, by deadline to receive this award during their junior or senior year).

Diane Lucey Ouckama Scholarship     

This award is named in memory of Diane Lucey Ouckama (d. 1990) whose talent and commitment to music and theatre was an inspiration to her family, friends and colleagues.  This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior who (1) is a music and/or theatre major or minor; (2) demonstrates through performance, both on and off campus, a high level of achievement and potential in music theatre; and (3) maintains a 2.50 or better cumulative GPA.  Applicants are nominated and selected by members of the Music and/or Theatre Departments.

Oswego Orchestra Society      
This scholarship is awarded to a member(s) of the orchestra and also requires the recipient to study private applied lessons.

Hugh & Grace Mowatt Buritt     
This scholarship was established by Hugh and Grace Mowatt Burritt to assist deserving students in the Music and Health and Wellness Departments.  Both Hugh and Grace are emeriti faculty members, Hugh from the Music Department, and Grace from the Health and Physical Education Department.  The scholarship will be shared between the two departments annually.  This year (2013) the scholarship is being offered to a student studying music.  To qualify for this award, a student must (1) be a member of a music performance organization, with preference given to instrumentalists; (2) apply in sophomore or junior year (having completed 27-86 credits, including transfer credits, by deadline); (3) have at least a 2.50 SUNY Oswego GPA; and (4) have financial need.
  
Carapetyan Voice Scholarship    

Leon Carapetyan, professor emeritus, established this scholarship to encourage and support students of singing who are seriously involved in choral music.  It also honors the memory of his father, Caro Carapetyan, whose example of a voice teacher and choral conductor inspired Leon's own career.  Students should (1) be a declared music major whose primary area is voice; (2) maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0; (3) junior standing; (4) show commitment and promise for a career in vocal/choral music by being actively involved in choral ensembles throughout his/her college career; and (5) give a recital in the student's senior year with standard repertoire including French, German and 20th/21st Century English/American song.

Oswego Festival Chorus Scholarship      
Applicants must be current students of the Festival Chorus with a minimum of two semesters of previous involvement in the chorus.  Applicants are nominated/selected by members of the music faculty.

TO APPLY: Freshman Scholarship Application
For Further Questions contact the Music Department Office:
315-312-2130 • music@oswego.edu