In our first year of operation, TGDA welcomes and encourages scholarship donations now to do our part to ensure meaningful opportunities for students to attend college and go on to become Guitar Directors in Texas.  Our goal is to begin awarding these scholarships in 2019. TGDA will work to award scholarships each year thereafter.  All awards will be for one year of college tuition only.  Donations can be made in honor of or in memory of a person and this gift will be acknowledged on our website.  To make a scholarship donation, please click here.


To qualify, the student candidate will: 

  • enter a Texas college or university as a full-time freshman in the Fall following the summer the award is presented
  • be a music major in a degree program leading to Texas teacher certification with music as the primary teaching field
  • take a minimum of 12 hours the first semester
  • be sponsored by a current TGDA Member
  • complete all areas of the TGDA Scholarship Application
How to Apply (active in April 2019)

All applications are processed online. Applicants provide the following:

  • Self-composed essay (1,000-2,000 words) that describes your reasons for becoming a musician, a teacher, your commitment to music education, and your future career goals
  • 3 recommendations from musician/teachers or education administrators who can address your:
  1. potential for success in a university music education program
  2. music skills and abilities
  3. potential for success as a music educator
  4. work ethic and other personal qualities 
  • One of these recommendations must be submitted by your primary music teacher and one must be from a current TGDA member (the same person can fulfill both requirements, but a total of 3 letters of recommendation from three different individuals are required).
  • Professional style resume that includes a list of any musical honors you have achieved, and all other academic or non-musical honors you have achieved
  • Your current GPA 
  • A short biography (50-150 words).

The TGDA scholarship for Fall 2019 will be a one-time award for $500.

The selection process will be completed by May  31 and the recipient will be contact via email.

Proof of enrollment in a Texas university as a full-time music education major (12 course hours or more) is required before the scholarship amount is released to the recipient (September 2019).

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