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.
Students who will be in grades 5-8 during the 2021-22 school year 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 up to $500 per school year beginning in September of 2021. Funds are paid directly to the private music teacher on a semester basis. A student may reapply for additional funding for subsequent years.
Selection of scholarship recipients is primarily based on dedication to music study and financial need. Applications are reviewed by an advisory committee.
Private Music Teacher
The private music teacher is selected by the scholarship recipient in consultation with the school music teacher and parent(s). It may be a private teacher with whom the student is currently studying.
To maintain eligibility and scholarship payments, students must attend all scheduled lessons unless cancelled or rescheduled 24 hours in advance. Funds will not be provided for missed lessons when no proper notice and reasons are given.
Documentation from student, music educator, private music educator, and principal or administrator are required. For a specific list and descriptions view the documentation list.
All information can be submitted digitally via the online application. Completed form must be received by 11:59 p.m. May 21, 2021 to be considered.
You may also submit documents via the paper application. Completed form and all documentation must be postmarked by or on May 21, 2021 to be considered.
Scholarship awards will be announced in July 2021 with lessons beginning in September 2021.
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