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Scholarship Information


Scholarship applications for Summer 2024 are now available.

Scholarship Applications must be postmarked by April 8, 2024.

Results for scholarships applications for Summer 2024

will be postmarked no later than May 13, 2024.

All applicants will be notified of the results.

There are new options for sending the audition files. 

Please read the application directions carefully.

If you have additional questions about scholarships, 

please read the information below first including the

answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Then contact us at if needed.

This PDF Application is for making multiple copies. It must be filled out by hand.

This Fillable Application allows you to type the information onto the form.

Scholarship Process

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 early April. For Summer 2023, we granted $81,165 in scholarships to 70 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

  • MP3 format files of a scale and solo with or without accompaniment for instrumental applicants   OR             

  • MP3 format files of two vocal selections (one classical and one popular selection) with or without accompaniment for choral applicants. Do NOT use MP4 video format or send a DVD.

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

  • a recommendation letter from a private or school music teacher

MP3 format files of the scale and solo OR two vocal selections can be sent to us in one of three ways:

  • The two files can be placed on a flash drive. The flash drive must be included with the application materials.

  • The two files can be emailed to us. 

  • The two files can be placed in Dropbox and the link can be emailed to us. 


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. Once awarded, 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.

Recipients 2023


     It’s 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 whose parents can’t afford private lessons. The effect of two years of Zoom classes is still impacting all genres of performing arts classes. Enrollment in music classes is down, but growing, and the progress is slower than usual. It’s going to take time to rebuild programs. Students are eager for the musical challenge and the camaraderie that a session at camp provides.

        We are excited to announce that we awarded $81,165 in scholarships to all 70 young musicians who applied for Summer 2023. Congratulations to them all!

Morey’s Music Store Scholarship

Zachary Gerhart              cello                

James Fenton                   cello                

David L. Schechter Scholarship

Julian Hahn                       alto sax            

Jaden Martinez                 bari sax      

Brian Reynolds Memorial Scholarship

Isaac Suárez                     string bass                    


Robert Simmergren Scholarship

Nicholas Collins               violin                   

Ivanna Moore                   flute                  


Newton & Elsie Wrench Scholarship

Emily Silvernail                 euphonium           


Robert Collins Choral Scholarship

Jade Elias                           alto            


Arnold & Judy Hogarth Scholarship

Justin Bal                           tenor sax        

Leonardo Jimenez           tenor sax

Alison Wetteland             cello                  

Lorelei Wetteland            viola       

Dylan Witter                     percussion              


Raye Fairchild Scholarship

Miles Reusch                    violin                      


Walter & Natalie Norwick Scholarship

Andrew Gerhart               violin        

Herb Guthmann Scholarship

Kenny Tran                        trombone             


John Ervin Scholarship

Kell Malmgren                   tenor trombone          

Vina Mae Sippel Woodland Scholarship

Maximilian Ness               violin                  

Loren & June Collins Scholarship

Christian Velez                  alto sax


Kendall Feeney Scholarship

Riley Jones                         viola   


Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarship

Nathan Quick                   alto sax   


Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader Scholarship

Maximiliano Nievas          flute                   


Suzanne & Juliette Fluchere Scholarship

Renata Raya                       cello

Ruby Reusch                      violin


B.T. "Ted" Mills Scholarship

Maggie Jenkins                  trumpet

Myrtle Seymour Watilo Scholarship

Allison Suárez                   violin                 


Ellen Deffner Scholarship

Stella Feldman-Abe           violin             

Katy Henderson Scholarship

Rogelio Raya                       violin                  


Frances J Harding Choral Scholarship

Emily Salazar                     alto                


Mark Masterson Scholarship

Damian Magaña               flute                   

Choral Scholarships

Lillian Dunlap                    soprano             

Liam Rockwell                   bass

Tyler Williams                    baritone


Elementary Scholarships

Grace Tang                         clarinet

Soren Travis                       trumpet  


Middle School Scholarships

Max Balusik                       trumpet             

Christian Barajas              alto sax 

Elliot Rice Epstein             violin            

Alexander Interiano         viola

Allison Feinberg                violin

Marlee Johnson                 trumpet

Luri Lee                               clarinet

Claire Lloyd                        alto sax 

Cooper Lorimor                cello                

Asher Lowery                    clarinet              

Kaydin Lowery                  trombone

Giulietta Luongo               violin

Selene Medina                  violin        

Gus Novak                         trombone           

Leah Porter                       clarinet

Daniel Roman                   trumpet

Lucas Wheeler                  trumpet

Amelia Yamauchi              oboe         


High School Scholarships

Shayna Beckerman         clarinet

Noemi Blacklock              violin

Clare Drake                       clarinet

Katherine Erber               flute

Vincent Felix                     clarinet

Jack Gravois                      flute              

Keyra Ickler                       flute                   

Elliott Jackson                   percussion

Scarlett Martinez             violin

Eli Nuñez                           violin                  

Katie Nuñez                      violin                 

Alyssa Plooy                      clarinet

Zuzanna Szybura              violin

Matisse Sayada Tari         violin 

Brenden Watson              alto sax

Sophia Wheeler                flute           

Sponsor a Scholarship


We currently have twenty-three 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.

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Thank You Letters

Below are some of the thank you letters we received from our scholarship recipients. Their appreciation and excitement reveal the impact your generosity has on their lives and families. They are thrilled to attend a summer music camp and spend time with other young musicians who share their passion for music.

I just want to start this off by saying I am very happy to receive this scholarship. Living in a household where all of our money goes toward necessities, we don’t really go on vacations. Going to Arrowbear is an opportunity to do this. Also, I get to connect with others who share the same love of music. I went to Arrowbear last year and though at first it was scary, I ended up having the time of my life. I made many friends and I’m excited to reunite with them this coming summer. I am very grateful to receive this scholarship, and I will put it to great use.

I want to thank you, truly thank you, for awarding my son the scholarship this year so he can attend the Jazz Improv session at Camp Arrowbear this year. He loves music and is so passionate about music. It is his “reason” for going to school each day. As a mother that feels the financial burden of his passion but wants to be able to provide these types of experiences for him, I appreciate that you have helped so tremendously to alleviate this burden. This will pay for more than ¾ the cost of the camp! I am humbled by your generosity.

THANK YOU!!!!! I can’t stress enough how grateful I am for the opportunity to go to the music camp. I talk with my friends about hos fun this camp is going to be. I couldn’t have gone without the help of your kindness. Music has changed my life. I’ve gone from a person with a small friend group that I would talk to and now I have a massive social group of people that I consider my friends. So from the bottom of my heart thank you.


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 gifting a scholarship that lets me go to Arrowbear. Without this scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to experience camp. I am a twelve-year old girl. I am going into seventh grade. I have played violin for over nine years. My mom is a violinist, and my dad is a trombonist. I love animals, the beach, music, friends, and family. This is my first time going to camp, and this will be my brother’s fourth time. He talks about so many fun memories he made there, and I can’t wait to go! I am looking forward to going in the pool, climbing the big rocks of Happy Gap, and most of all, making music! I can’t wait to go to camp and make memories I’ll cherish forever.

Thank you so much for helping me get to go to the music camp. I love the music camp so much. I had so much fun last year. It was my first time ever going to camp. After a crazy winter where I had to stay home for weeks, thanking about camp gave me so much joy. I can’t wait to learn new things and play my trombone with everyone.

Thank you so much for your sponsorship and selecting me as a scholarship recipient! I am truly honored. Getting the scholarship means a lot to me because I was not sure if I would be able to attend this year due to the cost of the camp. However, your generosity and dedication to young musicians like me has helped me to get over that hurdle.

I really enjoy playing the flute and that is one of the core reasons why I wake up every morning to go to school. Knowing that I will be able to attend music camp this year has further bolstered my willingness and eagerness to keep perfecting my skills as a flute player. I attended the music camp last year and I absolutely loved the experience, and I made new friends. It was truly magical for me. I cannot thank you enough for your generosity. It truly means the world to me!

Marching Drum

Thank you so much for the opportunity you’ve given me. I really appreciate your generosity and I’m looking forward to the camp so much! I’ll be practicing hard to prepare, and I’m so excited to attend. Again, thank you so much.

Thank you so much for your generous donation to me. I am more than happy to accept to go to the Advanced Session at Arrowbear this summer. I can’t wait to go and make music with my peers while also learning to be a better musician myself. I can only imagine all of the new skills I will learn which will help me in my future in symphonic winds and marching band. I can’t thank you enough for this scholarship. Without this scholarship I wouldn’t have been able to experience this great opportunity. I know I will learn so much from this camp and I can only pray that I will be able to come back every year after this one.

Ever since I first caught wind of Camp Arrowbear it’s been my dream to get in. I’ve loved summer camp all my life and music is my greatest passion. If I could participate in a camp experience where those two are combined, it would be the most amazing opportunity. And now I can thanks to this scholarship! I can’t express how much I appreciate you choosing me to receive this money, and I can’t wait for camp! I’m going through a hard time but now I can smile because I know in a few weeks I’ll be at the camp of my dreams! Thank you so much.

I can't thank you enough for your financial assistance with the scholarship to help me get to Arrowbear. It is a truly magical place and getting the opportunity to attend again and make more memories is incredible. Thank you for investing in my growth as a singer and as a person. I am forever grateful for your support.


I am so grateful for the scholarship that you have given me. I was very happy to receive it. I smiled for the rest of the day. The camp is something I really wanted to do and with this scholarship it has made it possible for me to attend. I love playing the flute, and I also started learning to play the ukulele. I’d like to play more instruments and music, and the camp will give me a chance to learn more about them. Again, I would really like to thank you. I’m looking forward to camp.

Thank you so, so much for making it possible for me to attend Arrowbear Music Camp this summer. I am sure it will be a wonderful experience, and that I will learn a lot about my instrument and how to play in a band. Again, I really can't thank you enough.

Thank you for the opportunity to attend Arrowbear. I will cherish every second. My goal is to absorb every lesson every single hour in order to grow in my music abilities. What I plan to do with all the information that I acquire is to excel in my music abilities so I can qualify for wind ensemble. Music is my passion. Recently I picked up the bass clarinet and I’m doing pretty well. I am so excited to grow this summer. Thank you for this amazing opportunity.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to sing with Arrowbear Music Camp. I am grateful that I get to go to this camp again to sing, learn, and make new memories with the people I meet and make friends with. I hope to sing and learn exciting new music that the choir will perform during our concert. I hope to see you there so I can thank you personally.

I would like to thank you so much for funding my scholarship for Arrowbear. It helps my family and me so much. This is an opportunity that I never thought I would get! Playing in orchestra is so important to me, so I am going to take advantage of this chance and make the most out of it. I will put all my effort into camp and will leave knowing that I learned the most that I could. Again, thank you so much for this opportunity to help me improve at violin. Thanks for making it possible.

A huge thank you for the scholarship! We’re so grateful to the donor and to your scholarship program that helps so many kids attend camp. Our son is so excited to be able to go to Arrowbear for the first time! I have two older orchestra children who never attended any kind of camps like this, and he knows it’s an incredible privilege and is very excited. Thank you for making it financially possible!

I wanted to say that you have made the impossible, possible, because now I can keep sharing my love of music at Arrowbear without having to worry about the financial burden to my family. From my family to yours, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your scholarship has only emboldened me to strive to work harder in my path of music. Once again, thank you so much for this opportunity.

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