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Through the generous support of our donors, Augsburg is proud to offer the following music-related scholarships that can help our students achieve their academic goals.

Hognander Scholarships

hognanderThe Orville and Gertrude Hognander Music Scholarships are prestigious music scholarships at Augsburg and recognize students with exceptional music performance and academic achievement. Past Hognander Scholars now enjoy careers as jazz and film score composers, opera and music-theater performers on international stages, administrators of music nonprofits, and music teachers, among many other activities. Hognander Scholarships provide up to full tuition to encourage and support highly qualified music students in voice and instrument. Two recipients, preferably a junior and senior, are selected each year based on a résumé, academic transcript, and performance audition.

The Hognander Scholarships were established in 1998 by Orville and Gertrude (Lund) Hognander, both 1936 Augsburg graduates. As a student, Orville Hognander was the Augsburg Choir’s first business manager who launched the choir on its first tours and national radio broadcasts. Gertrude Hognander’s love of music included choral singing and her years as a church music director and organist.

For more information about the Hognander Scholarships, contact Tina Brauer in the Music Department at 612-330-1265 or To read about past Hognander Scholars and what they’re now doing, see “Music after Augsburg,” in the summer 2005 Augsburg Now PDF. This story is on pp. 25-27 of the magazine, or pp. 27-29 of the PDF.

Augsburg University’s Department of Music offers a large number of additional scholarships named for alumni, faculty, former students, and friends of the university.  One of these, the Max Bassinson Scholarship, is described below.  For information on other named scholarships, please contact the Department of Music.

Max Bassinson Scholarship

Max David Bassinson walked the bridge from this life to the next on March 7, 2015. Max was born on July 10, 1991 to his parents, Scott and Meg Bassinson, at Albany Medical Center, New York. He was sweet, kind, funny, smart, musical, creative, hard-working, gentlemanly, and generous. He studied classical piano from the age of five, was in the school musicals, and sang in choir. He traveled to Europe with American Music Abroad in 2008. He played baseball from the age of six and was an excellent pitcher. He graduated from Bethlehem High School in 2009. He was currently attending Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota on a scholarship as a piano performance major, where he was also a participant in the university’s innovative Step-Up Program.

Max battled substance abuse and was victorious. He had built a productive, spiritual, and happy life and was two and a half years clean and sober. In a cruel irony, he was taken suddenly in his sleep by a severe, undiagnosed heart disease.

Max loved Mary, music, animals, road trips, the beauty of nature, and life itself. He lived a life of service. He is a shining light who beamed on many lives in his short time here.

As a way to honor Max’s life, his family has established the Max Bassinson Scholarship in his honor.  Established in 2015 as a memorial to Max Bassinson ’16, the purpose of the Fund is to honor Max’s achievements, to share the “unparalleled joys that music brings,” and to support students studying music at Augsburg University. It will be awarded to one or more students who have a major in music based on musical talent, academic achievement and financial need.  It is renewable for up to three years upon application and demonstration of compliance with the established criteria.

To make a gift in support of the Max Bassinson scholarship, click here.

Fine Arts Scholarships

The Fine Arts Scholarship program recognizes incoming first–year or transfer students who have excelled in art, film, music, or theater—including vocal and instrumental performance, acting, design, and production—and who plan to actively participate in the fine or performing arts at Augsburg.

Each year, faculty may select Fine Arts Scholarship recipients for the renewable $3,000 award, so they annually award a substantial number of scholarships in each of the fine arts departments.

Applicants need not major in art, film, music, or theater, but are required to participate in Art Club (for art scholarships) or a performance group (for music and theater scholarships). Additionally, music recipients must take lessons on the instrument for which the scholarship is awarded. For more information, see the Fine Arts Scholarship page.

Music Exploration Day

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