The Helen Cole Krause Music Scholarship

The Helen Cole Krause Music Scholarship was founded and personally/permanently endowed by Mark Cabaniss in 2008 to honor his beloved Shelby High School (North Carolina) choral director, Helen Krause. It was established to provide financial assistance to students who have declared music as their major at Mars Hill University.

Selection is made by the Financial Aid Committee of Mars Hill University based upon the recommendation of music faculty members and Mark Cabaniss. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Available to students regardless of classification (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or transfer)
  • Have a high school or college grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Must have declared music as a major and accepted into the Mars Hill University music department.

The scholarship is awarded annually.

For more information or to apply, contact the Mars Hill University Admissions Department at (828) 689-1201 or visit to learn more about Mars Hill University.

About Helen Cole Krause

Helen Krause (1931-2013) devoted her professional life to sharing the joy of music through teaching, conducting, performing, and celebrating it…all with her unique wit and wisdom. In her over 30 year professional career, she led choruses, bands, glee clubs, elementary music, church choirs and more…teaching at all levels of music education in Virginia, Vermont, and North Carolina. Her father, the late D.C. Cole (often called “The Music Man of Rutherford County”) instilled in Helen a love for music at an early age. This led to her earning bachelors and masters degrees in General Music and Music Education from Appalachian State University.

A native and long-time resident of Rutherford County (NC), Helen devoted the largest part of her teaching career to the former Shelby (NC) City School System, first from 1956 – 1958 as a Music Consultant, then from 1967 – 1990 in choral music and general music classes at Shelby Middle School and Shelby High School. She served as a special guest clinician and adjudicator for numerous music festivals and was Zone Coordinator for the Mars Hill University Choral Festival for over 30 years. During her long and successful life and career, Helen Krause inspired and influenced countless lives to experience the joy of music, and to share that joy with those around them.