Scholarship Applications for Summer 2021 will be available here beginning February 1, 2021.
2020 Scholarship Recipients - We will contact you in April to see if you plan to use your scholarship to attend your summer music camp in Summer 2021.
We are proceeding with our regular scholarship application program with the hope that summer music camps will be able to offer sessions in Summer 2021.
If sessions are cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions,
scholarships will be held for the recipients until Summer 2022.
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.
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Advanced Recipients 2019
Intermediate 1 Recipients 2019
Jazz Recipients 2019
Intermediate 2 Recipients 2019
Choral Recipients 2019
THANK YOU LETTERS
While our scholarship recipients for Summer 2020 couldn’t attend Arrowbear due to the pandemic, they are no less grateful for the chance to attend in Summer 2021. Below are some of the thank you letters we received from our scholarship recipients from both 2020 and 2019. Their appreciation and excitement reveal the impact your generosity has on their lives and families.
Thank you for being thoughtful and establishing this scholarship for me. I truly appreciate this. I’m excited about camp for next year. I just can’t wait! Sadly this year’s summer camp had to be canceled, but my family and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend this camp. Thanks to you, my dream of becoming a professional flute player is slowly becoming a reality. I will put the best of my ability in music when camp begins. Thank you once again. I won’t disappoint you because music is my passion.
I wanted to express my sincerest gratitude for the music scholarship awarded to my daughter for music camp. Arrowbear was originally supposed to happen only one year, but it changed my daughter’s life so much we cannot imaging her not going. Financially the camp is a challenge for us because, in addition to camp fees, we live out of state. Without this scholarship, it would be a hardship, if even possible at all. Thank you so much for your generosity. It means so much to our entire family.
This is the third time that I have received your scholarship. I think that I view the honor now differently than I did two years ago when I was fourteen. Two years ago, I was finishing eighth grade, my final year of middle school. I had just decided that I would attend an arts-based high school, the LA County High School for the Arts. Your scholarship gave me the opportunity to develop my musicianship to prepare for high school, but also gave me a sense of worthiness, that it was not a fluke that I had been accepted to the school.
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.
I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity! I cannot express how much it means to me! Last year I was able to attend Arrowbear’s Choral Session for the first time and it was such a moving and growing experience for myself as a musician and person. I learned a lot about myself and who I am. This goes without saying, but the minute I left camp, I wanted to return. And that would not be possible without you and this program! I am so happy to be able to spend more time at Arrowbear. One day I hope to pursue music as a career and help others find their path that way as well.
Thank you so much for the scholarship you have given me. This means a lot to me, and I can’t wait to go to Arrowbear Music Camp. My family was relieved to see that I got this scholarship because it meant that we wouldn’t have to struggle as much to get the money, especially during this time of pestilence. I have been playing my cello for 6 years and this is the first time I will be attending a music camp. This will help my dream to become a professional musician. I cannot thank you enough for this amazing scholarship and I look forward to being at Arrowbear Music Camp to improve at playing my cello.
I was so very excited when I received the letter in the mail notifying me that I had gotten the scholarship. It means so much to me knowing that my family will be able to afford sending me to camp. I met so many great people there and tried all sorts of new things. Even though I may not be able to go this year due to COVID-19 if the camp has to close, having this scholarship continues to remind me that I will be able to go next year.
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!
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.
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.
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.