The deadline to apply for a scholarship for Summer 2020 has passed.

We are no longer accepting applications.

Results for scholarships applications for Summer 2020 were mailed out on May 2, 2020. 

All applicants were notified of the results.

Congratulations to all the Scholarship Recipients for Summer 2020!


We received 39 scholarship applications in April. It’s always so difficult to decide who should receive assistance. We agonize, argue passionately for students who touch our hearts in some way, and finally reach a consensus on who gets a scholarship, and who we are unable to help. We walk a delicate line trying to balance merit with need, those who have the advantage of lessons versus those who have potential but perhaps can’t afford private lessons, or with students who we know would flourish with the opportunity to have an experience at camp, but perhaps are not yet very proficient technically on their instruments. Still, everyone who listens to the tapes feels an amazing sense of accomplishment that our organization can help so many students. We, and you, do make a difference in these kids’ lives.

We are excited to announce that we awarded $40,056 in scholarships to all 39 students who applied for the

2020 summer. Due to Arrowbear cancelling their summer program, all of the scholarships will be held until next summer for the recipients. They won’t need to reapply, and we’ll work with their family to adjust their scholarship amount if needed to fit the session they want to attend in Summer 2021.

Congratulations to them all!

Morey’s Music Store Scholarship

Nina Perkins                   cello                 

Catherine Harrison       string bass        


David L. Schechter Scholarship

Will Canterbury             tenor sax          

Emily Silvernail              euphonium        


Robert “Bob” Dill Foundation Scholarship

Marianna Herrera        clarinet             

Daniel Naranjo             bass clarinet      

Juliet Sanchez               clarinet              

Skyy White                    violin               


Robert Simmergren Scholarship

Rogelio Raya                 violin                

Lucas Wheeler              trumpet              


Newton and Elsie Wrench Scholarship

Kenny Tran                    trombone          


Robert Collins Choral Scholarship

Lillian Dunlap                soprano   


Arnold & Judy Hogarth Scholarship

Jessie Taylor Grace       violin               

Deborah Harrison        cello                 

Noah Kushner               viola                 

Magdalena McKee        cello                  

Zuzanna Szybura          violin                


Raye Fairchild Scholarship

Alexis Lam                    violin              


Walter Norwick Scholarship

Keyra Ickler                   flute                  

Loren & June Collins Scholarship

Maggie Jenkins               trumpet 

Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader Scholarship

Jordan Barnes                 flute                  

Suzanne Renee Fluchere Scholarship

Tyki Cantu-Wang            violin                


B.T. "Ted" Mills Scholarship

Branden Berumen         clarinet             


Myrtle Seymour Watilo Scholarship

Vera Fang                         violin                


Mark Masterson Scholarship

Yuan Sison                       flute


Kendall Feeney Scholarship

Kerry Walther                  viola                 


Middle School Scholarships

Shayna Beckerman        trumpet             

Isabelle Salcido               baritone            

Isaac Suárez                    violin               

Ally Uyetanaka                viola                 

Melanie Valle                  flute                  

Sophia Wheeler              trombone          


High School Scholarships

Omeed Almasi                cello                 

Anais Cervantes             trumpet             

James Fenton                  cello                 

Isabella Kelly                   violin                

Victor Orea                      violin                

Kimberly Rivera              flute                 

Allison Suárez                 violin                


Arrowbear Music Associates grants scholarships to any accredited instrumental or choral music camp in the United States. Applications are available beginning February 1 and are due in mid-April. For Summer 2020, we granted $40,056 in scholarships to 39 recipients. Most scholarships awarded are for one-half to three-fourths of the cost of a session. There are a limited number of full scholarships available. We grant scholarships to both choral and instrumental applicants. Recipients are chosen based on both need and merit. Nearly all of our recipients would not have been able to attend a summer music camp without financial assistance. We notify all applicants by the middle of May. Contact our Scholarship Chairperson, Laura Kusaba, at or call her at 562-634-5158, if you still have questions after reading the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.


The process includes:

  • a written application

  • a CD or a flash drive in MP3 format of a solo with or without accompaniment for instrumental applicants   OR      a CD or a flash drive in MP3 format of two vocal selections (one classical and one popular selection) with or without accompaniment for choral applicants

  • a letter written by the applicant explaining why he or she needs a scholarship

  • a recommendation letter from a private or school music teacher

All components must be completed as explained in the directions and postmarked by the due date to be eligible for a scholarship. Late applications are NOT accepted for any reason.

***Please be sure of your summer plans before you apply for a scholarship for Summer 2021. Scholarships are NOT transferable to another session, music camp, or person. Scholarship recipients are expected to attend their entire session without arriving late or leaving early unless there is an emergency.

Questions? No problem. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions link.


We currently have sixteen special scholarships sponsored by individuals and businesses. These special scholarships are awarded in the sponsor's own name, the name of a loved one, or in the name of their business or organization. We are willing to work with you to create a scholarship for a specific age group, instrument, or section such as winds, brass, strings, etc. We will discuss options with you on how to fund the scholarship. Special scholarships should provide at least half of the cost of a session.

Please contact Laura Kusaba at 562-634-5158 or by email at if you are interested.

Advanced Recipients 2019
Intermediate 1 Recipients 2019
Jazz Recipients 2019
Intermediate 2 Recipients 2019
Choral Recipients 2019


The scholarship recipients had a wonderful time at Arrowbear in Summer 2019. We visited camp during Jazz, Choral, Intermediate I & 2, and Advanced Session. We spoke to many of the young people you helped. As soon as we told them who we were, their faces lit up, and they couldn’t stop smiling and thanking us. We let them know that it’s the alumni and friends of Arrowbear who make the donations because they want new generations of young musicians to benefit from camp like they did. Below are some of the thank you letters we received from young musicians who attended Arrowbear this year through our scholarship program. Their appreciation and excitement reveals the impact your generosity has on their lives.

Thank you so much for my scholarship to your camp. As I said in my note to you, I couldn’t pay the full amount which is why I’m so relieved I don’t have to pay a whole lot. I hope this letter is enough to repay you for your generosity. It helped so much.

I am grateful. I was so thrilled every time we went to the mail and then one day I searched through a big pile of mail and saw a letter coming to me. I ripped it open and started crying with tears of joy because of how much I was given. I am so grateful because without this scholarship I would have never gone to Arrowbear Music Camp because my family is low income. I am very grateful to be given the chance to go again because of the scholarship given to me. I am happy and excited to go back to Arrowbear because I’ll meet more people that love music like I do and we will have experiences that are going to be unforgettable and spectacular. Thank you so much Alumni and Friends.

I would just like to thank you for granting me this scholarship! I am truly grateful for this opportunity. It is incredibly amazing that there are people who give musicians scholarships. This is a very short thank you letter, but I cannot write down how excited I am that you have given me this opportunity for a scholarship.

All I can say is . . . Thank You!!

First and foremost, I would like to thank you a billion times for allowing my daughter this opportunity to experience what she is so passionate about doing in this exciting and special way. A quick reminder to you all that you are changing lives and making dreams come to a reality when you bless families like my own. My daughter wouldn’t have had this chance if it weren’t for you. This means more than you can imagine. I will forever be thankful for this and it is really nice to know that there are still people like you in this world. Thank you and God bless.

My husband and I can’t thank you enough for our daughter’s scholarship. It means more to us than we can express. You have no idea how happy you have made our daughter. Without you, she would not be able to go to Arrowbear Music Camp.

Thank you for helping to make it possible for me to attend this year's Arrowbear session. I loved it so much last year, and I am blessed to be able to come again. While I am there, I plan to discover more about music theory and the circle of fifths and fourths. I am very dedicated to jazz, and I want to continue a jazz career in my future. Once again, thank you so much for this opportunity.

I went to Arrowbear last year, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that it was the best two weeks of my life. I am elated to be able to go back this year so that I can play music and make lifelong friends again. Without this scholarship, going to Arrowbear would have been much more difficult and maybe even impossible to be able to go to solely because of financial reasons. Thank you so much. 

Thank you so much for giving me that scholarship. It helped me persuade my family into letting me go to Camp Arrowbear. I would not have been able to go to Camp Arrowbear this summer without that scholarship. I have never been to a sleepaway camp. I am so excited to play games, make new friends, and practice my instrument, the tuba.

When I told my band teacher, he made me tell my entire class which has almost 90 students. That made me feel so proud and thankful for the scholarship. So thank you again for the scholarship. I really needed it. I plan to represent my school well!

I am grateful for your generosity in providing this scholarship for my son. This will be his first time away at camp, and I’m beyond excited to see how his love for music will be nurtured. I’m so thankful to you for making this possible for our family.

I would like to thank you kindly for the scholarship you have awarded to me. It allows me to go to the camp where I will make friends that will last me a lifetime, give me memories that will last in my heart forever, and where I will gain music skills to last over the years. Most people think that providing a scholarship is just helping someone achieve one thing - - but no, it is much, much more than that! It is helping someone in life. I believe that by giving me this scholarship, to this amazing camp, you are also helping me be my best in music at school, which will help get me into a better college. Unfortunately, I am unable to afford the entire price of Arrowbear because of financial problems I am having with my family. It is hard to save for camps like this. I definitely would not be the musician that I am today if it wasn’t for Arrowbear.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the scholarship to attend Arrowbear Music Camp. I have been involved with music since I was 4 years old. I love to sing and perform. This is my first time to attend a music camp and I am looking forward to this wonderful experience!

Thank you so much for the scholarship! I’ve been looking forward to camp all year and wouldn’t have been able to go without the scholarship. I’m so glad I get to see my friends from last year and make new friends. I’m a percussionist, and I enjoy playing with other people since my school doesn’t have a music program. I love being in the mountains instead of the city sometimes. I’ve never been to Advanced session, so it’ll be a partially new experience as well. Thanks again for the scholarship and I hope I’ll be able to come next year too.

Thank you for the scholarship you gave me. You are awesome because you are giving money to other people just like me who need a scholarship. I not only thank you because of the scholarship, but also because of the kindness of heart. My family is very happy that my sister and I were fortunate to get scholarships thanks to you. You have made my mom very happy. We cannot thank you enough.

Thank you for the great opportunity with the scholarship you've given me. Because of you, I will be able to see my friends there I met from last summer. I can make new memories and create new friendships. I am very thankful for your generosity in helping our family send me to Arrowbear. A million thanks.


We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) that provides scholarships to young musicians to any accredited summer music camp in the United States. Scholarships are made possible through the generous donations from the alumni and friends of Arrowbear Music Camp, matching grants, and from members of the general public who support music education.



PO Box 1294
Lakewood CA 90714-1294

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