The Wake Forest Athletic Bands provide numerous opportunities for students to receive scholarships or other monetary awards. Below are the awards that students can receive:
The Presidential Scholarship
Twenty renewable scholarships of $16,000 each are awarded annually to students admitted to Wake Forest who possess exceptional talents in art, dance, debate, music, and theatre. Though Presidential Scholars need not plan to pursue a major in the area of their talent, they are expected to participate actively in that activity on campus. Interested students must be prepared to present evidence of outstanding talent and are asked by the Presidential Scholarship Committee for documentation of that talent (such as art portfolios, debate records, taped performances, etc.) and recommendations. The program, begun in 1987, further diversifies the interests and abilities of a campus and student body already rich in both. Presidential Scholars with interest in dance, music, and/or theatre are given preference for an internship with the Secrest Artists Series. A separate Presidential Scholarship Application is due by December 1 of the senior year of high school. Finalists will be contacted by the beginning of March. Winners are notified in late March. Click here for more information
The Tang Family Band Scholarship
Awarded to one student per year, the Tang Family Band Scholarship is given to a student who is a member of the Wake Forest Athletic Bands in both the fall and spring semester. The scholarship recipient must participate in the Athletic Band Program each semester during his/her college career, unless studying abroad or completing an internship. A recipient is determined yearly by the Directors.
The Paige Shumate DeVries Award
Awarded each year at the Marching Band banquet to a senior who reflects the generous spirit of Paige Shumatte (Class of ’89) and who exemplifies her willingness to serve the symphonic groups and the athletic bands where ever she was needed. The award is named in memory of Paige Shumate DeVries who passed away unexpectedly in her last semester in medical school.
3rd and 4th Year Member Stipends
Students who participate in the marching band for three and four years are eligible to receive stipends for their dedication to the program. 3rd year members receive $500 and 4th year members receive $750.
Student Leadership Awards
Students who earn various leadership roles during their time in SOTOGAB are eligible to receive awards for their hard work and dedication. Student leaders are selected on an annual basis and awards are given each year as determined by the Director of Bands.