CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student Jordan Gonzalez is one of only 15 students from across Texas selected to receive the 2016 Clara Freshour Nelson Music Scholarship from the Texas Association of Music Schools (TAMS).

Each year, the best and brightest are selected from four-year state universities, four-year private universities and community colleges across the state. The scholarship is worth up to $24,000, and a student can receive $6,000 annually for up to four years of college studies as long they remain eligible.

Gonzalez, a rising sophomore French horn player and native of Alice, Texas, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification. He just finished his first year at TAMU-CC with outstanding achievements. Kenneth Iyescas, TAMU-CC Professional Assistant Professor of Music, helped Gonzalez with his application. Gonzalez submitted an essay and provided performance recordings and was then nominated this year by the University’s Department of Music.

Each year, all Texas music programs that are members of TAMS in good standing may submit a single freshman application for consideration for this scholarship. The criteria are based on performance ability, academic standing and financial need.

Once the applications are received, they are judged by a scholarship committee comprised of members of the TAMS executive board, who read students’ essays, listen to their performance recordings, and consider grades before choosing a recipient.

Gonzalez is the third TAMU-CC recipient selected for this significant award. Previous winners were Jacquelyn Vaught, senior, Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification, and Anthony Salazar, junior, Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification.

The Texas Association of Music Schools was established in 1938 with the mission of advancing the cause of music in higher education both within Texas and through the promotion of cooperation between colleges and universities and the exercise of educational leadership. The Clara Freshour Nelson Foundation was established in 1990 by Harold Samuel Nelson to honor his mother’s commitment to education. The foundation helps outstanding college students with financial needs to pursue an education in the Fine Arts. For more information about the scholarship program, go to