Robert & Sheila Challey Music Scholarships
How to Apply for Music Scholarships
Scholarship Audition Frequently Asked Questions
Apply for Music Scholarships Online (first year students only)
Download Music Scholarship Forms
Scholarships for music majors and other talented music students are available on the basis of need, academic achievement, musicianship, and service to the music department.
Please note that these scholarships are intended for music majors.
Established in 2006, the NDSU Challey Scholarship Fund is committed to attracting and sustaining the finest music students in the region.
The Bill Euren Fellowships are named for the uncle of Robert Challey and Director of Bands at NDSU from 1948-1968. The Euren (U reen') Fellowship will be awarded to an incoming music major each year and will be equivalent to full tuition costs for four years.
The Myrtle Euren Challey Scholarships are named for the mother of Robert Challey. The amount of these awards will be at least one-quarter the amount of full tuition for four years.
The Patricia Yvonne Bizicki Scholarships are named for the mother of Sheila Challey. The amount of these awards will be at least one-quarter the amount of full tuition for four years.
The Robert & Sheila Challey Scholarships are additional awards of significant support, presented to both incoming and continuing majors in music. Through these awards, the Challey family is committed to an ever increasing standard of high quality for music at NDSU.
About Robert & Sheila Challey
A native Fargoan, Robert is the son of the late Clyde and Myrtle Challey, both NDSU graduates. Myrtle Challey taught Food and Nutrition at NDSU during the 1960s. Robert's uncle was Bill Euren, director of the NDSU Gold Star Band from 1948-1968. Robert, Sheila, and their three children live in Danville and Lake Tahoe, California. He is chairman of the board of The Park Place Group, a real estate development and investment company in Walnut Creek, California.
Robert graduated from NDSU in 1967, where he participated in the Gold Star Band as a drum major and trombonist. He was vice president of the student body, a student senator, a member of Blue Key Honor Society, and a producer of the musical Oklahoma.
In 1981 Robert was elected to the NDSU Development Foundation Board of Trustees and in that capacity has served on numerous committees and advisory boards. He also serves as a director and treasurer for the Smuin Ballet of San Francisco and was instrumental in two Smuin Ballet performances in Fargo. NDSU named Robert an Alumni Achievement Award recipient in 1986 and in 2002 he was honored with the Development Foundation's Service Award.
In addition to the Challey Scholarship Fund, a number of other scholarships are available to music students. One completed application form is sufficient for consideration for all departmental and Challey scholarships.
Two pieces, both memorized, are required for the voice audition. Both can be in English and one may be in a foreign language if you choose. If auditioning with classical repertoire, try to select materials that show both MUSICALITY (usually SLOW) and TECHNIQUE (usually FAST). If your selection does not show both, choose a second piece or excerpt to perform within the ten-minute time limit. For information on auditioning for a choral ensemble, click here.
1. Complete the online scholarship form prior to your audition date.
2. Contact Bill Law at 701.231.7420 or Bill.Law@ndsu.edu to arrange an audition time.
Bismarck High School
Thursday, February 7, 2013
NDSU Music Department
Saturday, February 9, 2013
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3. Review the Scholarship Audition Frequently Asked Questions.
First-year students can apply for scholarships online or download a scholarship form below. Please send your completed forms to:
Music Scholarship Committee
Dept. 2330, P.O. Box 6050
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Questions? Contact Bill.Law@ndsu.edu or call him at 701.231.7420.