Funds that support Music

Above: The UIS Orchestra performs at a Music Showcase.

Make a difference for Music students

The Music Program at UIS is now part of a new department: the UIS Arts, Music, and Theatre Department which includes academic programs of study in all three disciplines. You can still support music programs specifically, however, by giving to one of the following funds. Thank you!

General Funds

Music Fund

This fund provides money for special opportunities or extraordinary needs — and music has many such opportunities and needs!

  • Faculty and students can travel to present a concert or take part in a special event.
  • Faculty can take part in a special opportunity to update their skills. Professors need to be aware of the latest developments in their field, so that they can pass this knowledge on to their students.
  • The program can purchase special equipment, music scores, resources, or training modules to help our students attain success and achieve their goals.
  • The program could also use this fund for the maintenance of instruments or even the purchase of new ones.

These activities and others like them enrich our students immeasurably, enhancing the education they receive at UIS—but we could not do any of them without the discretionary money given to this fund.

Jack S. Dolan Endowment Fund

Jack Dolan, longtime Springfield resident who worked and taught for many years at St. John’s Hospital as a nurse anesthesiologist, has generously given a gift to UIS in support students in the music program. He would like to encourage students at UIS engaged in music programs because music can help students gain a better appreciation of the finer things in life.

Music Lessons Award

Donations to this fund will be used to help students who are unable to pay for current music lessons.

Music Merit Awards

This provides funds for music merit awards in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Scholarship Funds

Suzanna Kay Shiner Scholarship Endowment Fund

Free-spirited Suzanna Shiner was an expert in sonar mapping of the ocean floor. Her ship, “The Performer” was on its way to search for a downed British helicopter in the Atlantic when Suzanna suffered a burst blood vessel that ended her life a few hours later in June, 2002. Family and friends of the UIS community, where her father, Larry Shiner, was a philosophy professor, as well as those of the Springfield area, rallied together to establish the Suzanna Kay Shiner Scholarship in memory of the brilliant math major, musician and daughter. Qualified applicants will be full-time students of academic merit enrolled in a music class or ensemble. A performance sample and narrative describing the role music plays in their lives is also required.

Szabo Family Find Your Dreams Scholarship

This scholarship is for full-time undergraduate and graduate students who have at least a 3.0 GPA and are pursuing a degree in the Art, Music and Theatre Department.

Szabo Family Find Your Voice Scholarship

This scholarship is for full-time undergraduate and graduate students who have at least a 3.0 GPA and are pursuing at least a minor in music at UIS.

Other Options

Not interested in any of the funds above? Then you can create your own scholarship fund that targets the students you specify in the Music Department. As the principle donor of this new scholarship, you would get to name the fund and establish the selection criteria.


We welcome your inquiries. Please feel free to contact us.