Delta Music Institute

Scholarships

The Delta Music Institute recognizes students through its scholarship and awards programs. In addition to general university scholarships, a number of scholarships are offered specifically to students who are pursuing an Entertainment Industry Studies degree (BS-EIS). Some DMI scholarships have specific additional requirements described below. Most of these scholarships are offered every year, but some are not. The dollar value of each award may also vary from year to year. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time at DSU and be a declared Entertainment Industry Studies (BS-EIS) major with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.

To apply for a DMI scholarship, download and print the scholarship application form, complete it, and return it to: Delta Music Institute, DSU Box 3114, 1003 W. Sunflower Rd., Cleveland, MS 38733.  In general, you need only submit one application to be considered for any DMI scholarship that you may be eligible for with the exception of the Morris Scholarship.  Applications must be submitted by the designated deadline to be considered for the upcoming fall semester. Contact the DMI office for any additional information.

Applicants are notified of their award status by the start of the fall semester for March 1st applications and within two weeks for all other applications.

DMI Scholarship Application  Morris Scholarship Application

BS-EIS Freshman Scholarshipn

Funds for BS-EIS scholarships are provided by the support and generosity of the Friends of DMI. This scholarship is designated for incoming freshmen who meet the scholarship criteria and declare entertainment industry studies as their major.

BS-EIS Transfer Student Scholarship

Funds for BS-EIS scholarships are provided by the support and generosity of the Friends of DMI. This scholarship is designated for incoming transfers who meet the scholarship criteria, have successfully completed a minimum of 60 hours of work, and declared entertainment industry studies as their major.

BS-EIS In The Pocket Scholarship

Funds for BS-EIS scholarships are provided by the support and generosity of the Friends of DMI. This scholarship is designated for entertainment industry majors seeking additional financial assistance. Students must have completed FAFSA application requirements through the DSU Financial Aid Office and must qualify for Pell Grant.

Becky Hawes Nowell and Desira Coleman Warrington Scholarships

The Becky Hawes Nowell and Desira Coleman Warrington Scholarships were created to benefit rising sophomore students enrolled in the Delta Music Institute entertainment industry program at Delta State University. These scholarships were funded by Mr. Paul Janoush to honor the love, service and friendship Nowell and Warrington provided to the late Lucy Richardson Janoush.

Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation Scholarship

Through the generosity of recording artist Steve Azar and the Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation, scholarships are available to students who are declaring a major in entertainment industry studies (BS-EIS), with preference being shown to students from the 18-county region of the Mississippi Delta. Full time entertainment industry majors in good academic standing may apply yearly for this scholarship, providing funds are available. Steve is a native of Greenville, Mississippi and serves as artist-in-residence for the Delta Music Institute program. For information on Steve Azar, visit www.steveazar.com.

Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2013 by fans, friends, and family to honor the memory of legendary Delta musician and bandleader Duff Dorrough. This scholarship is designated for an entertainment industry studies major and requires participation in DMI leadership activities. For a look at the life of this talented artist and musician, click here.

Howard and Carole Brent Foundation Scholarship

The Howard and Carole Brent Foundation scholarship was established by Eden, Jessica, and Broywynne Brent in honor of their father, Howard, and in memory of their mother, Carole Brent. This scholarship is available to student majoring in entertainment industry studies at the DMI.

Karnstedt-Ferretti Scholarship

Through the generosity of Delta State alumna Jutta Karnstedt Ferretti, the DMI is able to offer an annual scholarship to a qualifying student. This scholarship is designated for an entertainment industry studies major and requires participation in DMI leadership activities.

Morris Scholarship

Established in 2007 by Jason and Lori Morris to support student musicians, these scholarships are awarded to students who meet scholarship requirements and who audition and participate in one of the DMI performing ensembles. Preference is given to entertainment industry studies majors.  Morris Band Scholarship applicants must hold an overall GPA of 2.75 and the Morris Scholar applicants must hold an overall GPA of 3.0.

Dr. Bennie Wright and Family Scholarship

Established in 2013 by physician Dr. Bennie Wright to offer support to undergraduate students, this scholarship is available to entertainment industry studies majors and requires participation in DMI leadership activities.

Mobile Lab Scholarship

As funds are available, the DMI Mobile Lab program is able to offer scholarships to eligible students seeking a BS-EIS degree.  In addition, applicants must be a current or former Mobile Lab team member in good standing.  Mobile Lab Scholarship applicants must submit a resume and recommendation letter from DSU faculty member.