Scholarships are available for graduate composition majors and undergraduate students who have passed the undergraduate composition jury. Composition scholarship awards are based on proven academic achievement, demonstrated (or potential) success, contribution to the program, and quality of compositional work. The following scholarships are available in composition, recipients to be determined each year by the composition faculty:
- Merrill Ellis Memorial Composition Scholarship: named for composer Merrill Ellis (1916-1981) who served on the North Texas composition faculty from 1962 until his death in 1981, during which time he founded the Electronic Music Center (later the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia) and was a pioneer in electronic music and intermedia.
- David M. Schimmel Memorial Composition Scholarship: named for composer/conductor David M. Schimmel (1948-1984), a doctoral composition student and teaching fellow at North Texas at the time of his death. In addition to serving on the faculty of Mountain View College, Mr. Schimmel also taught at Southern Methodist University and Florida State University.
- Martin Mailman Memorial Composition Scholarship: named for composer/conductor Martin Mailman (1932-2000), Regents Professor of composition at North Texas who served from 1966 until his death in 2000. Dr. Mailman was particularly distinguished as a composer of music for wind ensembles and dedicated much of his teaching to undergraduate students.
- Richard and Candace Faulk Composition Scholarship: donor Richard Faulk received a BM degree in composition from North Texas in 1974, and a JD in Law from Southern Methodist University 1977. He currently lives in Houston with his wife, Candace, and practices law as an environmental attorney for the firm of Gardere, Wynne, and Sewell, LLP.
- Richard Dufallo Memorial Composition Scholarship: named in honor of distinguished conductor and contemporary music advocate Richard Dufallo (1933-2000). In addition to his various conducting positions over the years with Juilliard, the Aspen Festival, the Buffalo Philharmonic (as associate conductor under Lukas Foss), and the New York Philharmonic (as assistant conductor under Leonard Bernstein), Mr. Dufallo was the author of a collection of interviews with 20th-century composers titled Trackings.
- Paul Loomis Composition Scholarship: donor Paul Loomis received his BM degree in composition from North Texas in 1979 and is the President/CEO of The Loomis Corporation and Luminous Sound Studios, a Dallas-based music production company and post-production facility. Loomis is active as a composer, conductor, songwriter, music producer, arranger, orchestrator, and keyboard artist.
Additional College of Music scholarships may also be available through the composition division.