Jack and Pat Fariss Endowed Scholarship for Music Education

This endowed scholarship was established in honor of Jack and Pat Fariss by former students of Jack. Jack Fariss (M. MusEd. SHSU) attended Blinn College in Brenham, Texas where he changed his primary instrument from cornet to French horn. He transferred to Sam Houston State Teacher’s College [now SHSU], and he met Pat Harvey (B. MusEd. SHSU), a clarinet player, on the fifty yard-line while marching a diamond drill in the Bearkat Band. They married on Homecoming Day in 1962, and both went on to earn their music education degrees.

A recipient must (1) be a full-time undergraduate or transfer undergraduate student, in good standing and enrolled at Sam Houston State University; (2) be majoring in music education with preference given to woodwind, brass or percussion instrumentalists; and (3) have and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, incoming freshmen must have an SAT score of 1200 or ACT score of 24. Financial need will be a consideration, but not a determining factor. The scholarship is an eight semester scholarship that is automatically renewable as long as the recipient continues to meet the selection criteria.