REVISED SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
MARCH 29, 2020
Arrowbear Music Associates understands that the COVID-19 virus has created uncertainty about whether summer music camps will be able to offer any sessions this coming summer. It has also created additional challenges for applicants in completing the application process. We have decided to move forward with awarding scholarships in hopes that recipients WILL be able to attend a summer music camp this coming summer.
It may be difficult, if not impossible, for some applicants to get a recommendation letter from a school or private music teacher. For this year only, the recommendation letter is optional. We’d like to have one, if possible, but you will NOT be penalized if you are unable to obtain one. Please see Part E in the “2020 Revised Instructions for Applicants” for additional information.
Some scholarship applicants rely on their music teacher to help them record their solo. Due to the school closures and the state-mandated stay-at-home order, this may not be possible. You still must follow the directions in Part B in the “2020 Revised Instructions for Applicants”. A teacher or family member can assist you if it’s possible to do so safely without exposing you to potential illness. Play whatever music you can. It can be your music from your school band, orchestra, or choral group. It doesn’t have to be a prepared solo from a concerto. Listen to your recording and scale to make sure it reflects the best you can play. Either you or an adult must explain to us in a letter who helped you record the scale and solo and exactly what help they provided. If you recorded the solo by yourself, that's fine. Just tell us that.
If your camp session is cancelled due to a COVID-19 state-mandated order, we will allow you to use your scholarship for a later session if that is at all possible. If not, your scholarship will be held for you until Summer 2021. You will NOT need to reapply for a scholarship for next year in that situation.
The actual application has NOT changed. If you’ve already filled out the application, you can still use it. It’s fine if you gave the original Recommendation Form to your teacher already. They can use that one and send it to you in a sealed envelope, OR your teacher can email it to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship Applications are still due postmarked no later than April 6, 2020.
The due date has NOT changed.
Click the link below for the revised instructions for this year. Changes are highlighted in yellow.
Completed applications for Summer 2020 must be postmarked by April 6, 2020.
Results for scholarships applications for Summer 2020 will be postmarked by May 11, 2020.
All applicants will be notified of the results.
We strongly encourage you to read the Scholarship Process information below, including the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs),
before applying for a scholarship.
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. In Summer 2019, we granted $43,985 in scholarships to 49 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. 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.
SPONSOR A SCHOLARSHIP
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 email@example.com if you are interested.
Advanced Recipients 2019
Intermediate 1 Recipients 2019
Jazz Recipients 2019
Intermediate 2 Recipients 2019
Choral Recipients 2019
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS 2019
We received 49 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 $43,985 in scholarships to all 49 students who applied for the 2019 summer. Congratulations to them all.
Morey’s Music Store Scholarship
Brian Velasco violin
Alexis Lam violin
David L. Schechter Scholarship
Will Canterbury tenor sax
Brian Delgado trombone
Brian C. Reynolds Scholarship
Catherine Harrison string bass
Robert “Bob” Dill Foundation Scholarship
Anais Cervantes trumpet
Jorge Espinoza clarinet
Marianna Herrera clarinet
Maggie Jenkins trumpet
Jesse Oda percussion
Robert Simmergren Scholarship
Jake Aceta trumpet
Tyki Cantu-Wang violin
Newton and Elsie Wrench Scholarship
Nautica Macias clarinet
Robert Collins Choral Scholarship
Jessica Whitten alto
Arnold & Judy Hogarth Scholarship
Charlotte Abrego trombone
Paige Boehm cello
Deborah Harrison cello
Maya Passmore clarinet
Skyy White violin
Raye Fairchild Scholarship
Ariana Revis alto sax
Walter Norwick Scholarship
Max Pemberton alto sax
Loren & June Collins Scholarship
Branden Berumen clarinet
B.T. Ted Mills Scholarship
Lauren Poblete flute
Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader Scholarship
Alexandra Edwards flute
Suzanne Renee Fluchere Scholarship
Vera Fang violin
Isaac Suarez violin
Howard and Joyce Schinnerer Scholarship
Magdalena McKee cello
Mark Masterson Scholarship
Elizabeth Matos flute
Tyler Serrano soprano
Liam Getzin tenor
Jazz & High School Scholarships
Omeed Almasi cello
Aidan Parmeter Dyer percussion
Dylan Johnson trumpet
Kelly Tran piano
Middle School Scholarships
Charlotte Boscon cello
Wilfredo Calderon alto sax
Cayliani Ellis violin
Keyra Ickler flute
Jade Lee violin
Eli Nunez violin
Rogelio Raya violin
Bryann Revilla clarinet
Isabella Salcido baritone
Yuan Sison flute
Allison Suarez violin
Zuzanna Szybura violin
Melanie Valle flute
Christopher Velasco violin
Elementary School Scholarships
Kiana Lee cello
THANK YOU LETTERS
The scholarship recipients had a wonderful time at Arrowbear! 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.