Freshmen (non-transfer) students in the top 15% of their high school graduating class with a minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA are eligible for this award. Test scores (ACT/SAT) may also be considered.
Nutt Academic Awards are renewed for each semester of full-time enrollment provided the student maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA each semester.
Hubert Estel Nutt (1897-1981) was co-founder and past president of VanderCook College of Music. His role in training music teachers and developing the college's curriculum and purpose influenced several generations of music teachers throughout the country. Nutt started cornet lessons with Hale A. VanderCook in 1921, and a year later began teaching alongside VanderCook. Together the two men formalized the curriculum and established VanderCook School of Music, which received Illinois accreditation in 1928.
Nutt continued teaching at VanderCook until 1953, and co-founded the Midwest National Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1947. Nutt became president of VanderCook College of Music in 1966. During this time he created over 100 worksheet-type presentations on topics such as conducting technique, classroom organization and discipline, vocal and string instruction, theory and arranging, and many other areas of music instruction that promoted and expanded the ideas of H.A. VanderCook. Nutt retired as president of the college in 1974, but continued as a faculty member and remained its educational leader prior to his death in 1981.