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Dorothy "Dottie" M. Adams Music Scholarship

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Dorothy "Miss Dottie" M. Adams (1902–2008) attended the Bradford Academy of Haverhill, Massachusetts, the Julliard School of Music and Columbia University. Her musical ability was one of her greatest gifts. Her piano was one of her most cherished possessions and it allowed Dottie to teach pupils from age 6 to 60 the pleasures of playing great music. She had a repertoire of 30 major pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and others. She would practice one of these pieces every day of a month. Since 1999, Dottie shared her love of the piano with family and friends in Oshkosh. Dottie was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and an active member of each community she lived in.

This scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Dottie by her son Dr. W. Sam Adams and his wife Betty, along with many family members and friends. This award is intended to stimulate and promote the musical growth and professional development of students aspiring to become music educators, private piano teachers or performing musicians.



  1. Applicant must be enrolled in Music Education within the College of Education & Human Services (COEHS) or in the Music Program within the College of Letters and Science (COLS). First preference will go to COEHS students with an interest in piano. Second preference will go to COEHS Music Education students or COLS Music major.

  2. Applicant must have at least one semester remaining to graduate following the semester in which he/she applies.

  3. Applicant must submit a statement that describes their personal or career goals and addresses their desire to pursue a career in music (statement should include information about their passion and willingness to become an accomplished music educator, private piano teacher or musician).

  4. Applicant must show potential for growth demonstrated through an audition with selection committee.

  5. Applicant must have a cumulative grade-point average of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

  6. Applicant will be able to receive the award up to four (4) years provided they meet criteria and apply each year.

  7. This cash award may be used for tuition, professional development, or other professional music activities or supplies.



  1. Applications will be available within the Curriculum and Instruction Department of the COEHS and the Music Department of the COLS.

  2. Selection will be completed by faculty members within the Curriculum and Instruction Department of COEHS and/or the Music Department of the COLS. In the event the conditions shall render it impractical or impossible to fulfill the purposes for which this award has been established, the President of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation in consultation with the Dean of the COEHS along with a designated family member if possible shall make the award to worthy applicants who most closely fit the above established criteria. Notices of the award and its recipient shall be sent by the Foundation annually to the donor or designated family member.


The Award:

  1. Selection shall be completed early enough in the spring semester to include the award in the University's Honors and Awards Ceremony.

  2. The value of the scholarship award will be determined annually by the selection committee with the UW Oshkosh Foundation and will be based upon income available for this purpose.

  3. The Foundation Board of Directors will distribute income annually, in such proportions as they deem appropriate, in accordance with established Foundation policies.

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