Rappahannock Music Study Club seeks applications for scholarships and grants

The Rappahannock Music Study Club recently announced its annual opportunity for college scholarships and music education grants. High school seniors are eligible for scholarships; both middle school and high school levels are eligible for grants.

College scholarships are available to students who plan to pursue music studies when they begin college in fall 2019 and who are residents of the Northern Neck, reported Joan Blatterman.

High school seniors are eligible to compete for a first prize of up to $2,000 towards college music studies, said Blatterman. Applicants need not plan to major or minor in music but they must intend to pursue music studies—voice, instrument, music education—while in college. The award is renewable for four years, depending on satisfactory continuing music study in college.

Scholarships will be competitively awarded based on a completed application form, a recommendation from a current music teacher and performance at a short musical audition, she said.

Music education grants of up to $500 are available to students who will be in middle school or high school as of fall 2019, and who are residents of the Northern Neck or Middlesex County, said Blatterman.

The funds may be applied toward private music lessons, music camps, or other music education opportunities, she said. Applicants will be judged according to their completed application form and a recommendation from a music teacher. Multiple awards may be made.

The Rappahannock Music Study Club has a goal of assisting music education for young people, particularly oriented toward helping those who want to pursue careers in music and continue to make music a part of their lives, said Blatterman.

The deadline for receipt of all applications and recommendation letters is March 29. Application forms are available from all area high school guidance and music departments, or from Celeste Gates at 724-0294 or celeste.leitch.gates@gmail.com.