2020 12th Grade Scholarship Applicants Receive Encouragement Gift

sheet music on a stand and a trombone player.

To support the young musician applicants who were heading off to college and had experienced such disruption to their senior year of high school, including cancelation of our scholarship auditions, Suncoast Music Scholarship partners created a “Young Musician Encouragement Gift” program. Each 12-grade student who submitted an application to audition for a 2020 scholarship was granted a gift of $500.

We are heartbroken by this cancellation, but hopefully our gift will help these 17 young musicians continue their growth in music.”Lee Dougherty Ross, Co-Chair

Winners of past scholarship awards have used the funds to purchase or repair instruments, attend summer music programs, and for advanced music education at institutions that include Eastman School of Music, Juilliard and the New England Conservatory. Other winners have used their awards to purchase flutes, violins and bows, a saxophone and a cello.

The organization partners are devoted to enhancing music performance and education. Founded in 1930 and originally part of the historic Women’s Club, Sarasota Music Club offers free, member-supported performances October through March. Since its founding in 1996, Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota has evolved into a valuable regional cultural asset, known for bringing diverse, world-class performers to Sarasota and Manatee counties in addition to presenting young emerging musicians.