Scholarships for private music study are supported by the Marie Endres Endowment Fund of the Madison Community Foundation. Marie Endres was a beloved performer, conductor and teacher in the Madison area who touched thousands of lives through music during her active career spanning more than 60 years. Former students of Marie Endres and of other musicians in her family, continue a tradition of excellence and dedication to music as they continue to perform, teach and support music in communities throughout the country.
- To encourage stringed instrument music study by dedicated middle school students.
- To support continuous progress on a stringed instrument through private study.
- To provide financial assistance to dedicated middle school musicians who otherwise may not be able to afford private music study.
Prior to her death in September 1999, Marie Endres established an endowment with the Madison Community Foundation to support private music study on stringed instruments for middle school students who show dedication and promise in music but need financial support to supplement their school music involvement with private study.
At the request of the donor, a majority of the support is intended for Dane County residents which is where Marie Endres lived and worked for many years. Students in other parts of Wisconsin are also eligible.
Current Wisconsin fourth through seventh grade students who play violin, viola, cello or string bass are eligible to apply. The student must also be enrolled in a school string class, orchestra or other music class if the school has no string program.
Full or partial scholarships are available for private lessons for up to $500 per school year beginning in September of 2024. Funds are paid directly to the private music teacher on a semester basis. A student may reapply for additional funding for subsequent years. Three award winners will be chosen for the 2024-2025 school year.
Selection of scholarship recipients is primarily based on dedication to music study and financial need. Applications are reviewed by an advisory committee.
Documentation is required from the student, music educator, private music educator, and director or administrator. For a list and specific descriptions, see the documentation list.
All information can be submitted digitally through the online application.
You can also submit documents through the paper application.
Scholarship awards will be announced in July and lessons will begin in September.
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