E. Thayne Tolle Scholarship Music Scholarship 2

E. Thayne Tolle Scholarship

E. Thayne Tolle was a founding member and past president of the Texas Private School Music Educators Association, past president of the Kansas Music Educators Association, and had been active in Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association.

Mr. Tolle was born and raised in Roxbury, Kansas. After serving with the U.S. Navy, as a Communications Officer, he attended Betheny College (A.B. in Business and Economics, Bachelor of Music Education), Wichita State Univ. (Master of Music Education), and Kansas University. His teaching assignments included Langdon Rural HS, Lindsborg Rural HS, Wichita Southeast HS, National Field Director of the MENC/Ford Foundation Music Project, Southern Methodist University, and Jesuit College Preparatory School. Mr. Tolle is survived by his wife Doris, two grown sons, one granddaughter and one grandson.

Several years ago, TPSMEA created a music scholarship to honor him and his achievements.  Graduating seniors who are planning to major in music and have been a member of a TPSMEA All State Ensemble are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduating senior from a Texas private school who is entering an accredited college or university in the fall, 2020, taking a minimum of 12 college hours and has been a member of a TPSMEA All State Ensemble for at least one year during his/her high school career.
  • Must have declared music as a major
    • Download the fillable pdf scholarship application here
    • Download the fillable pdf scholarship evaluation here

(By submitting a scholarship application, you are waiving your right to access of any and all evaluations submitted on your behalf.)

Applicants are asked to submit a competed application by January 19, 2020. The application will be reviewed by the executive committee of TPSMEA and the winner will be notified during the All State weekend and will be presented at the All State Concert on January 25, 2020.

Only complete applications will be considered.

The completed application consists of:

  • Completed TPSMEA E. Thayne Tolle Scholarship Application
  • 3-5 evaluations (One evaluation must be from your primary High School Ensemble Director and one must be from your High School Principal.  Other need to be from individuals who have knowledge of your skills as a musician and your potential success as a music educator.)
  • An original essay on the topic: “The Importance of Music.”

The Texas Private School Music Educators Association will award the selected recipient(s) with a scholarship of $1,000 for one year only.

The completed TPSMEA E. Thayne Tolle Scholarship application, essay and supporting evaluations should be completed online or emailed to ronmatt1000@outlook.com or you may send them by US Mail to TPSMEA, Scholarship Review Committee, PO Box 34655, Fort Worth, TX  76162 . The scholarship application, essay and supporting evaluations must be received no later than January 19, 2020.  This is not a postmark date but an actual “in hand” date.  If you are using US Mail do not require a signature.  This will seriously delay actual receipt and could make your application late.  Late applications will not be considered.

We will send you a reply email confirmation telling you we received your scholarship application within 3 days after the due date of the applications.