College of Visual and Performing Arts

PFW is a state-assisted institution of higher education. While a certain percentage of our funding comes from the State of Indiana, private support is becoming, more and more, an important factor in helping us realize our mission to become the premier university in Northeast Indiana. Your tax-deductible contributions to the School of Music, in support of our mission, are helping us to enhance our work as a valuable cultural and educational asset to our region.

There are many ways in which you can help us in our pursuit of musical and educational excellence. We will be glad to discuss with you the many ways in which you can help. Please contact Dr. David Steffens, Director of the School of Music at 260-481-6726 or e-mail Dr. Steffens at

School of Music General Scholarship Fund

Your contribution to the School of Music General Scholarship Fund provides much needed financial assistance to deserving students who are beginning their careers in music. Contributions to this fund are available immediately for disbursement to students who are recommended by the faculty for such assistance, based upon their academic and musical potential as evaluated by auditions, placement tests and other criteria. Click here and select Music Scholarship to donate now.

Named Scholarships

You may choose to name a scholarship in your name, or in the name of someone you wish to honor. Named scholarships are those which are funded by a gift of less than $25,000.00. Once all funds are expended the named scholarship ceases to exist unless supplemented by subsequent contributions. Funds from a named scholarship are available immediately and are awarded upon faculty recommendation and other school criteria. Donors may specify additional criteria. Click here to contact Dr. David Steffens to establish a named scholarship.

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed Scholarship Funds are the result of a contribution of $25,000.00 or more. Funds contributed to an endowed scholarship are never spent and remain in the account permanently. Only the interest generated by the account is used. Endowed scholarships are named at the discretion of the donor. Awards from Endowed Scholarships are made as a result of faculty recommendation in accordance with school criteria and other criteria specified by the donor. Click here to contact Dr. David Steffens to establish an endowed scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions 

If I wish to fund an Endowed Scholarship or a Named Scholarship, may I select the recipient?

  • Donors are not allowed to choose recipients. Recipients are chosen by recommendation of the faculty in accordance with school criteria and additional reasonable criteria established by the donor if the donor so chooses.

If I wish to establish an Endowed Scholarship, do I have to make a contribution of $25,000.00 immediately?

  • No. You may make your intent known and pay the $25,000.00 over time, however, the scholarship fund begins making awards only when the account reaches $25,000.00 and generates interest, since only the interest earned by the account is awarded.

What kinds of criteria can I stipulate for a Named Scholarship or an Endowed Scholarship?

  • You may wish to provide scholarship funding only for students in a particular degree program such as music therapy, music education or music performance. Some donors choose to restrict awards only to those students who maintain a particular GPA, while other donors have chosen to assist students pursuing study on a particular instrument.

Are there criteria which I may not specify?

  • Yes. Scholarship restrictions cannot preclude students because of race, ethnicity, religion, or any other legally protected status, the exclusion of which violates equal opportunity.

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    Indiana State Tax Credit

    Indiana taxpayers may take a tax credit of half their gift to Purdue University Fort Wayne. This credit is available even if the taxpayer does not itemize deductions on the federal return. The tax credit directly reduces the “bottom line” of the state income tax return, either decreasing the amount owed or increasing the refund.

    For a joint return, the maximum credit is $200 (based on a gift of $400 or more); for a single return, the maximum credit is $100 (for a gift of $200 or more). Other rules apply, so read the CC-40 instructions carefully or consult your tax advisor.

    The CC-40 tax form is available at locations that stock other Indiana tax forms. Also, you may download the form from the Indiana Department of Revenue or call the University at 260-481-6962 to request that a CC-40 form be mailed to you.