The Adams & Gustafson Music Achievement Award is offered to rising sophomores who have shown distinction and exhibit potential in their music studies at Franklin & Marshall. Interested students must submit an application by April 8th of their first year at F&M. The award is $1250 per semester ($2500 per year) and is renewable for a total of six semesters pending eligibility.

Applications will be reviewed by a five-member committee, which will include three members of the Music Department, one representative from Academic Life, and one representative from Student Life. The Committee will submit its recommendations to the Office of Financial Aid. Up to ten awards will be given every year (along with the naming of two alternates). 

The award is named in honor of Courtney Adams and Bruce Gustafson, two of the founders of the modern-day Music Department. This award is designed to recognize students who exemplify the passion for and intellectual commitment to music that Professors Adams and Gustafson epitomized. 

To apply for the award, students must submit the following items to

  • A cover letter that describes the role of music in the applicant’s life at F&M and the applicant’s intentions for continued musical activities at the College

  • A résumé that highlights activities within the Music Department (including a list of credit-bearing academic classes, ensembles, and lessons; musical accomplishments; and extracurricular musical activities at and outside of F&M)

  • Two references from F&M faculty, one of which must be from someone within the Music Department

In order to be eligible to renew the award, students must

  • maintain a high level of achievement and demonstrate continued excellence in music;

  • remain active in the Music Department through enrollment in at least 3 credit-bearing activities a year (i.e. participating in a credit-bearing ensemble, taking credit lessons, and/or enrolling in an academic MUS course);

  • maintain a 3.0 GPA in all coursework;

  • remain in good standing at the College; and

  • retain full-time status.

Recipients who study abroad will retain their eligibility for the award given they maintain a 3.0 GPA, remain in good standing at the College, and retain full-time status.