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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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 arrowbearmusicassociates@gmail.com.

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 arrowbearmusicassociates@gmail.com 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.


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 arrowbearmusicassociates@gmail.com if you are interested.

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

Choral Scholarships

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


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.