Pearl has announced the "Musicians Making a Difference" college scholarship initiative that will award $10,000 annually in the amount of two $5,000 scholarships to high school musicians who have demonstrated the ability to change themselves, their community, and those around them. A diverse panel of Pearl staff and artists will select recipients based on the students’ contributions to their community, rather than their playing or vocal ability. Our objective is to reward and inspire the youth that will shape tomorrow. We look forward to the engagement and interaction with all who share our goals.
Applicants must have completed high school graduation requirements in the 2020–21 academic year, should be an active member of at least one academic or community performing ensemble and/or perform as an active soloist, and must complete all scholarship material requirements by Monday, July 5, 2021. Proof of college/university enrollment should be for the 2021–22 school year; this may be found at your Records or Registrar’s office. Graduating high school seniors may send a copy of their university acceptance letter if they will not have enrolled for fall courses prior to the scholarship application deadline.
Additionally, applicants must submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor, or civic leader, other than ensemble director, one letter of recommendation from band director or music teacher, proof of GPA, and a personal essay based on the following prompt: “Share with us your personal story. Describe specific ways in which you have positively impacted your community and why you believe you should be chosen for the Pearl Musicians Making a Difference scholarship. If selected a winner, how will this scholarship aid in your post-graduation plans?” Please include your career goals, the level of impact you have had on the community, and any challenges faced. Essays should be no more than 600 words.
Scholarship winners will be contacted and announced in August. For more information, visit pearldrum.com/about-pearl/internships-scholarships