The recipient shall be either a high school senior or a transfer student eligible for admission to Eastern Illinois University. Each applicant shall have applied for admission to Eastern Illinois University or be in the process of applying for admission to the university. Each applicant shall have demonstrated vocal and musical ability through a Department of Music audition. A previous award recipient who continues to meet the eligibility requirements of the award. Such previous recipients shall be eligible to receive the award for a maximum of three additional years beyond the initial award. In order to be considered, eligible students must complete the on-line application and audition by March 1.