The Ruth Petersen Music Scholarship

Our Mission for The Ruth Petersen Music Scholarship

The mission of the William A. Hough High School Band Booster’s scholarship program is to recognize an outstanding band student who plans to pursue post-secondary education either in a music field (such as music education or performance) OR intends to participate in band at their post-secondary institution (such as marching band or concert band) with a one-time $1000 award. This award is presented at the Senior Recognition Day in May. 

This Scholarship is named in honor of Ms. Ruth Petersen, who retired in 2020 as band director at Bailey Middle School. Many of our band students began their music careers with Ms. Petersen where she demonstrated great dedication, team-work, selflessness, inclusion, leadership, and love of music performance to her students. She also modeled community engagement, serving many leadership roles within the NCMEA (North Carolina Music Educators Association.) Her characteristics, which many of us admire and aspire to, shall serve as the basis for the judges to review applications and choose one winner each year. 

Applications will only be accepted in the Spring semester. Check back for more details.  Please read all requirements and instructions before completing the application questions below.  Completed application will be emailed to . 

General Scholarship Requirements:

The Scholarship Committee: 

The Scholarship Committee will exist as a standing committee within the Band Booster organization. Their duties will include publicizing the scholarship, collecting the applications from Student Services and preparing them for the judges (who will not see the names of the applicants), organizing a Judging Panel, as well as fundraising/soliciting donations and keeping the Booster Board apprised of its operations. The Committee shall not include a parent or guardian of a senior band student. 

The Scholarship Judging Panel and Judging Criteria: 

The Judging Panel will consist of three members who have no relation to applicants, members of the Band Boosters or parents/guardians of the applicants. Judges will typically be drawn from 1.) the Bailey’s Glen Neighborhood Association since they have demonstrated a strong interest in supporting our band program since its inception, 2.) a Hough High School staff member and 3.) a band alumni parent who has no current students at Hough High School and no known connection to any senior eligible to apply.  The judges will not see the names of the applicants during the judging process and they will use the following criteria to judge applications and choose scholarship recipients: 

Directions for Applications

Application Questions

Please copy and paste these questions into another document. This new document will become your application. 

Create a cover page with your name, email address and student ID number and put “Band Scholarship” in the subject line of your email to Ms. Hunt at 

Put your student number only at the top of each page containing your answers so that the judges do not see your name.

Questions may be directed to the Hough Band Boosters by emailing the Scholarship Committee Chairperson or the Band Booster President at