Blue Ridge Singers’ Student Scholarship Fund

Mission

The mission of the Student Scholarship Fund is to educate young people in music and the arts by helping them participate in Blue Ridge Singers’ rehearsals and performances.

Function

The function of this scholarship fund is to waive the membership dues and purchase attire and a folder for singers accepted into the choir who are high school or undergraduate college students based on financial need.

Application

Prospective recipients of the scholarship have already been auditioned by the artistic director and admitted to the choir.  An interested individual who is a high school or undergraduate college student should complete and submit the application materials through our website.  Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of members of the board, who will determine whether to recommend a scholarship award for that individual to the full board.

Vision

The vision of the fund is to provide financial aid to young people who want to sing in the choir but who are otherwise unable to afford to join.

Timeline

Prospective recipients must apply for the scholarship by October 1.  Students may apply for a single-semester scholarship by February 1 only if they have auditioned and been selected for membership in the spring semester.

Eligibility

In order for scholarship recipients to maintain eligibility for this scholarship, they must be members in good standing, be enrolled in a school or college, demonstrate financial need, actively participate in choir activities, and agree to sing for two consecutive semesters. Recipients may not be family relatives of current board members.  Recipients may apply for no more than four semesters.  Students are required supply a recommendation.  In the case of high school students or students under age 18, the parents and the student should sign the application and the award agreement.

Nature of Scholarship

The award is made based solely on financial need and availability of money in the fund account to individuals who are already accepted by audition into the choir.  If scholarship funds are insufficient, the board is under no obligation to grant the award, but may vote to use general unrestricted funds if it so chooses.