The Community Foundation Accepting Music Instruction Scholarship Applications through May 31

FREDERICK, MD – April 15, 2015: Beginning May 1 through May 30, 2015, students in kindergarten through 11th grade pursuing vocal or FY14MusicScholars.resizedinstrumental music instruction may apply for scholarships through four funds dedicated to music advancement and managed by The Community Foundation of Frederick County.

The 2015 application has been changed from a paper application to an electronic application and must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2015. No paper applications will be accepted. The 2015 application can be found online at Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the "FAQ" document found at this web address, as it contains important information about applying, required documentation, and more.

The Sperry L. Storm Memorial Scholarship is available for Frederick County Public Schools students in kindergarten through 11th grade in need of financial assistance for training in vocal or instrumental music performance. The scholarship is made possible through The Sperry L. Storm Memorial Scholarship Fund, which honors the memory of Mr. Storm, a well-known Frederick County musician who taught music privately for nearly 50 years and worked as a public school music educator for 35 years. Multiple scholarships will be made from this fund for private instruction only.

The Courtney Muse Music Scholarship aids middle and high school students in Frederick County who have demonstrated talent and commitment and are pursuing vocal or instrumental music performance. Consideration will also be given to 5 to 18 year olds taking private lessons. This scholarship honors the memory of Courtney Muse, a member of the Monocacy Middle School Chorus, pianist, and musical theater enthusiast who died in a car accident, along with her brother Dustin, in 2006. Multiple scholarships will be from this fund.

The Frederick Arts Council Thelma Gross Music Scholarship will provide financial aid to students in kindergarten through 11th grade who have demonstrated talent and commitment to pursuing vocal or instrumental performance for private instruction. The scholarship fund was created in memory of Thelma Gross, who was a teacher, singer, pianist, and poet. Multiple scholarships will be made from this fund.

Guss Family Scholarship for the Arts will support development of vocal and/or instrumental skills for Frederick County students ages 5 to 18. Scholarships may be used for music lessons, class tuition, and materials to study music performance. The Guss Family, having witnessed the power of music in the lives of their extended family, wants to help students who have a passion for music and who need financial assistance.

Since 1986, generous citizens have turned to the credibility and expertise of the Community Foundation to establish funds or add to existing funds that provide scholarships to deserving students and grants to nonprofit organizations. To date, the Community Foundation has provided more than $38 million throughout Frederick County.

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