Departmental Scholarships and Awards

These Foundation Scholarships and Awards are offered annually by the following academic departments, pending renewal by the donors.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND COMMUNICATION

JAMES WILLIAMS SCHOLARSHIP

One scholarship awarded to a student majoring in the Jazz Studies Program.  For more information, contact Dr. David Demsey, Jazz Studies Coordinator (973) 720-2268.

J. BILLY VERPLANCK SCHOLARSHIP

One scholarship established by the family and friends of this legendary performer and composer in his honor and memory, will be awarded by the Jazz Studies Department to a trombonist in the University Music Jazz Program.  For more information, contact Dr. David Demsey, Jazz Studies Coordinator (973) 720-2268.

MAE AND FLETCHER FISH MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

One $1,000 scholarship awarded to an incoming graduate Music major who demonstrates either outstanding music performance skills or outstanding scholarship. For more information, contact the William Paterson University Music Department (973) 720-3466.

MUSIC FACULTY AWARDS

Ten to fifteen awards funded by the Music faculty and ranging from $150 to $400, awarded annually to outstanding music students.  For more information, contact Dr. Jeffrey Kresky at the William Paterson University Music Department (973) 720-3470.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT TALENT AWARDS

Awards ranging from $300-$500 are provided for incoming and continuing students based on outstanding musical talent. Awards are granted for one year, and may be renewable each year through the Music Department. Applications are available through the Music Department and must be submitted at the time of application or early in the spring semester.  For more information, contact the William Paterson University Music Department (973) 720-3466.

ROY MEYERS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

One $1,000 scholarship awarded to an incoming or currently enrolled traditional student in the Music Department of the College of the Arts and Communication.  Student must demonstrate superior proficiency (vocal or instrumental) in the music of Swing Era and the Great American Songbook, including the traditional jazz and Broadway music of that era.  For more information, contact the William Paterson University Music Department (973) 720-3466.

SARAH AND ABE BIALER SCHOLARSHIP

One $1,000 scholarship funded by Tami Cotsakos'71 in memory of her aunt and uncle. Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student who is majoring in Music Performance, pursuing a career in opera, with a concentration in voice.  Scholarship may be renewable with full-time status and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. For more information, contact Dr. Nan Guptil Crain, Professor of Music 973-720-2334 or Stephen Bryant at 974-720-2691.  

TAMI COTSAKOS '71 MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

A number of scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 have been created by alumna Tami Cotsakos for classical music students in recognition of their outstanding musical talents. Recipients are expected to meet the normal expectations of the Music Department.  Scholarships may be renewable for up to four years with full-time status and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. For more information, contact the William Paterson University Music Department (973) 720-2315.

THAD JONES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One $1,000 scholarship awarded to a full-time student majoring in the Jazz Studies Program who demonstrates outstanding jazz performance. Scholarship is renewable upon meeting requirements specified by the Music Department. Scholarship applications are available through the Music Department. Students must submit the application with an audition tape of approximately 20 minutes of a recent musical performance. For more information, contact Dr. David Demsey, Jazz Studies Coordinator (973) 720-2268.

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND HEALTH

C. KENT WARNER SCHOLARSHIP

A number of scholarships awarded to full-time Biology and Biotechnology undergraduate students. Scholarship awards are renewable based on a maintained cumulative GPA of 3.0 and continued undergraduate status as a Biology major. Applications are available in the Biology Department Office and require an essay to be included with submission. The deadline is March 15th.  For more information, contact the William Paterson University Chairperson of Biology (973) 720-2245.

IMPROVING STUDENT SUCCESS IN BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIPS (ISSBB)

Numerous scholarships made available by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation. Scholarship awards will vary based on financial need, with a maximum award of $10,000, and will be given each year to full-time WPUNJ students pursuing a B.S. or M.S.in Biology or Biotechnology and planning on a career in research or teaching. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years given the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA in science and math.  Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application; two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a science, math or technology instructor; and a personal statement outlining goals, financial need, education plans and career objectives. Scholarship Committee will review student college transcript(s), and high school transcript(s) for those applicants who have earned less than 24 college credits. NOTE: To be eligible for an ISSBB Scholarship, the applicant must: provide documentation of U.S. citizenship, national or alien classification as a refugee; and have a current FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office. The application deadline is March 31, 2011. For more information, contact Dr. Eileen Gardner, Biology Department (973) 720-3441.