WT Band Director Scholars (WTBDS)

West Texas A&M University is introducing an exciting program—the WT Band Director Scholars (WTBDS) program. Placing our trust in high school band directors, like yourself, is the impetus of the new program, allowing band director recommendations of one student to WT through the WTBDS program. 

We recognize that talented student musicians can be overlooked during the traditional recruiting process. We acknowledge that those who know these students and are willing to vouch for their drive to succeed is a reliable and trustworthy indicator of potential, which we value. It is the WT way.

Through WTBDS, the student recommended from the high school you represent will be admitted to the University and invited to audition for WT’s School of Music. To that end, in essence, you become an admissions officer for one potential WT student annually. Your choice can change the trajectory of people’s lives, impacting entire families and the generations to follow. 

While we will make exceptions within reasonable bounds, applicants must meet the Texas Uniform Admission Policy, have a minimum of 2.0 cumulative high school GPA and meet ONE of the following:

  • High School Class Rank – Top 30%
  • 3.0 Cumulative High School GPA (4.0 Scale)
  • 21 ACT Composite Score OR 1060 SAT Composite Score 

The following additional benefits are worth noting:

  • Application Fee Waiver
  • Express Admission to WT
  • Scholarship Consideration

All you need to do to recommend the student musician is fill out the online form. We will contact the recommended student as a potential WT student and let them know of your confidence in them and our confidence in you. Once we have received your recommendation, we will walk the student individually through the remaining processes. 

For the fall of 2024 class, we would encourage you to submit your recommendation as soon as possible and no later than May 1, 2024.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Mike Knox, Vice President of Enrollment Management, at 806-651-2410 or, or the School of Music director, Dr. Robert Hansen at 806-651-2843,

Thank you for your dedication to your students.