Houston Nonprofit Partners with Four Universities to Offer Music Scholarships

Announcing Music Doing Good College-Bound Scholarship Program

Music Doing Good announces the launch of a new innovative scholarship program, the Music Doing Good College-Bound Fund. University Presidents, College Chancellors and key university representatives, scholarship recipients and their families along with the Houston news media are invited for this special announcement on May 4, 2017 at 4 pm, 100 Carnarvon, 77024. (www.musicdoinggood.org)

Two years in the making, Music Doing Good has made it possible for struggling music students to complete two and four-year music degrees at the university and community college level. The program will send two students to each university — Texas Southern University, University of Houston Moores School of Music and University of St. Thomas — to complete a four-year degree. Music Doing Good is granting $40,000 per student over the next four years.

Likewise, four students will have the opportunity to complete two-year associates degrees at Houston Community College in the Media Arts & Technology and Visual & Performing Arts Centers of Excellence. Music Doing Good will ensure that four music students receive $10,000 in scholarship funds to complete their degrees.

“With the rising cost of tuition, college is not an option for so many families now. It is heartbreaking to think that many talented young people will not make it to the stage or the classroom for lack of funding. It has been my dream to establish this kind of program…and now it is a reality,” remarks Ms. Marie Bosarge, President and Founder of Music Doing Good. This program will enable students with limited means, but exceptional musical talent to pursue their dreams as professional musicians.

Music Doing Good is a nonprofit arts organization that inspires and transforms lives through innovative, music-based programs and performance experiences. The outreach programs bring music to children in Houston who would otherwise not have access. Music Doing Good offers scholarships to music students in grades 4 – 12 for private lessons and music workshops. The organization grants free, gently-used instruments to individuals and schools that wish to create orchestra and/or band programs. Music Doing Good offers a year-long after school, fine arts enrichment program for students of Title 1 schools. These programs use music to stimulate minds, spark creativity and ignite imagination.

About the Universities:

The University of St. Thomas was founded in 1947 by the Basilian Fathers as an independent, Catholic, coeducational university in Houston, TX. Situated in the city’s Museum District, the University enrolls 3,312 total students with an undergraduate population of 1,602. Set against the backdrop of the Texas Medical Center, UST has seen a 75% growth rate among students pursuing degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), and over half of the undergraduate student body pursues a degree in one of the STEM fields. The University of St. Thomas was ranked 29th in the 2017 edition of the U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list of universities in the western region of the United States and was additionally ranked one of the best colleges in the West according to The Princeton Review. For more information, please visit www.stthom.edu.

“Our performing arts students are fortunate to have the marvelous support of Music Doing Good to complete their education at the University of St Thomas,” UST President Robert Ivany said.  “It is a tremendous boost financially and academically to realize that an organization recognizes and appreciates their commitment to the performing arts.”

Texas Southern University (TSU) is a comprehensive, metropolitan institution providing academic and research programs that address critical urban issues, and prepares its increasingly diverse student population to become a force for positive change in a global society. TSU offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and concentrations – bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees – organized into 10 colleges and schools on a 150-acre campus nestled in the heart of Houston’s historic Third Ward. The University’s enrollment has a population of 8,000 undergraduate and graduate-school academic candidates. Texas Southern has been a distinguished educational pioneer since 1927, and the University has become one of the most diverse and respected institutions in Texas. TSU has positioned itself as a proactive leader in educating underserved students and many who are the first in their family to attend college.

“I would like to express our sincere thanks to Ms. Bosarge and her organization, Music Doing Good, on behalf of the students, faculty and staff of Texas Southern University,” said TSU President Austin A. Lane. “Our University has a rich tradition of producing iconic musical artists such as Kirk Whalum, Yolanda Adams, Horace Alexander Young, and the late Joe Sample, to name a few. These scholarships will serve as a catalyst in allowing recipients to develop into the next generation of musical greats hailing from TSU.”

The Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts at the University of Houston is a dynamic powerhouse of creativity and collaboration in one of America’s most culturally diverse cities. Bringing together the performing and visual arts entities at the University of Houston, the College strives to enrich and empower our students, community, and the world.

The UH Moores School of Music (MSM) is one of the premier comprehensive music schools in the nation. Its remarkable faculty—of internationally recognized performers, composers, and scholars—outstanding student body, modern facilities, and broad range of programs make the MSM the natural choice for nearly 600 students annually. MSM’s commitment to academic excellence and the highest performance standards has ensured its role as a vital resource in the educational and cultural life of Houston and beyond.

“We have made the arts one of our top priorities at the University of Houston because of its importance to the city,” said UH President Renu Khator.  “Music Doing Good’s enlightened scholarship program allows us to continue preparing the engaged students and talented musicians who help make Houston such a special place.”

Houston Community College (HCC) is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development, and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society.

HCC consists of six colleges with 23 campuses, with the primary administrative center located at 3100 Main Street.  The 15 Centers of Excellence (COE) at Houston Community College offer more than 100 programs that focus on faculty and industry best practices to give students the skills for successful careers.

The mission at the Media Arts & Technology COE is to provide quality, innovative, academic, and workforce programs that create career and educational pathways to meet the wide-ranging needs of businesses and the community.  The center offers classes in audio production, filmmaking, music business and digital communication.

HCC’s Visual & Performing Arts COE is designed to foster excellence in creative expression. Whether serving the student planning to transfer to a four-year college or the student exploring new avenues of imagination, the purpose is the same: To place technique and discipline at the service of creative vision.  The Visual & Performing Arts COE offers classes in art, dance, drama and music.

“HCC will cherish and nurture this partnership with Music Doing Good. It makes both of us stronger,” says Dr. Cesar Maldonado, Chancellor of Houston Community College.

For more information regarding the event and to RSVP, please email Julie Lambert (julie@musicdoinggood.org) or call 713.294.9034. Photo opportunities available. Interviews are welcomed.

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Media Contacts:

Julie Lambert, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Music Doing Good




Sandra Soliz, Director, Communications

University of St. Thomas




Sara Tubbs

Senior Media Relations Specialist

Division of Marketing, Communication & Media Relations

University of Houston

office: 713-743-4248



Kendrick Callis

Communication Specialist

Texas Southern University




Todd Duplantis

Interim Public Information Officer

Houston Community College