Established in 1987, this endowed scholarship honors the memory of Walter Charles, cellist and conductor who led the National Repertory Orchestra for 18 years. The award is made possible by a contribution from the estate of his late wife, Virginia F. Charles.


  • Recipient must be a student studying conducting or cello in the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
  • Must be in two ensembles each semester to receive full award
  • Participate in the annual scholarship audition process


Faculty, staff, alumni and friends recognize the importance of scholarships in encouraging students to aim for excellence. The generous gifts from individual members of these various groups allow us to provide financial support for students who have demonstrated superior achievements or skills, thereby encouraging their continued efforts and the overall atmosphere of vigorous research and creativity. The criteria for this scholarship are established at the college level, and a committee of faculty from various departments selects the recipient.