July 26, 2012

Mary Ellen Gase Scholarship

The Mary Ellen Gase Scholarship was created for talented voice and keyboard music students to pursue college studies in music education or performance and to share their love of music with the community.

In 1999, Ms. Gase retired after 40 years of teaching music in the Saginaw Public Schools. She began teaching at South Intermediate School and spent the last 18 years teaching gifted/talented students at the Center for the Arts and Sciences where she developed the curriculum for the voice/keyboard department. This curriculum was showcased in 1996 for “creative innovation” by the Michigan Education Association (MEA). Ms. Gase became a certified MENC registered national music educator in 1990 and won an “Excellence in Teaching Award” from the Saginaw Board of Education in 1993. Her dedication to music and to her teenagers continues through this scholarship.


  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • High school senior in voice/keyboard from Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy (SASA), or choir at Saginaw United High School
  • Four semesters in choir or voice/keyboard department
  • Pursuing undergraduate degree in choral or keyboard music education or performance
  • Full-time enrollment

Evaluation Criteria

  • Audition tape in voice, piano or organ (30)
  • Music achievements, honors or awards (30)
  • Scholastic record (10)
  • Essay on career goals (10)
  • Community involvement/leadership (10)
  • Recommendations (10).

Bonus points will be awarded based on the length of time spent studying in the voice/keyboard department at SASA or choir at Saginaw United High School. (up to 4 points). 

Special Attachment Required

Please refer to the online scholarship application for more information