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Spring Lesson Scholarship Applications Due

  • 12/15/2020

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  • UMFA membership not required

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Application Deadline for Spring period (Jan 01, 2021 - Apr 30, 2021) is now extended to December 15, 2020


UMFA Scholarship Program Overview


 Scholarship Period  Jan 01 - Apr 30   May 01- Aug 31  Sept 01 - Dec 31
 Application due dates   November 15  March 15  July 15


Eligibility Guidelines and Requirements

  • UMFA Membership:

As of October 2020, the membership requirement has changed.

Students Applying for Lessons:  The teacher with whom the student wants to study must be a current member of UMFA at the time of application.
  • Age range: Any age of students (including college students and adults) is eligible to apply.
  • Geographic area: Candidates must be permanent residents in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Iowa.
  • Playing level: Students of all levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced) are eligible to apply as long as they demonstrate financial need and dedication to their musical studies in their documentation and letter.
  • Other scholarships: Students may be current recipients of other scholarships or financial assistance for their musical studies; they must disclose information about all other financial assistance (possible or definite) in this application.
  • Re-applying: Students who have received UMFA scholarships in the past are eligible to re-apply.


DOCUMENTS TO SUBMIT      
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Responses must be typed.)

All applicants must submit the following materials.  If you are a repeat applicant, please note the recent changes in application procedure since November 2020.

  1. Application form (filled out online)

You will need to provide your flute teacher’s name and lesson information in the application form. If you don't currently have a flute teacher, you may search UMFA teachers in your area here: Find a Teacher

2. Optional Teacher Recommendation

Applicants may upload a letter of recommendation from your current or previous flute teacher, school band director/music teacher, or other school teacher (if you have not yet begun flute lessons and you feel that another teacher can provide a more complete recommendation). Teacher recommendations are optional but will be considered in support of your other applications materials.

The optional recommendation letter should be uploaded as a PDF in the following naming convention: [Student’sFirstInitial][Student’sLastName][TeacherRecommendation]. 

Example: JSmithTeacherRecommendation.pdf

3. Demonstration of financial need

  • School-aged students: If you or your student receives a free or reduced lunch, please attach a copy of your letter. 
  • School-aged, college, and adult students:   Please write a brief statement explaining your current financial hardship which compels you to seek need-based scholarship funding.
  • A list of any scholarships or financial support you have applied for to assist with the upcoming scholarship period (e.g. another summer camp scholarship) and any scholarships or financial support you have received for musical studies in the past or for the upcoming period.  Please include whether you are currently registered as a student of MusicLink and whether you have been in the past.
4. Letter(s) from the Student and/or Parent

Note: Students under 18, depending on age/maturity, may either submit a single letter from the parent with all of the below information OR two letters, one from the student (about their dedication to flute studies) and one from the parent (about financial need and commitment to supporting student’s studies).

Letters should be sent as a PDF in the following naming convention: [Student’sFirstInitial][Student’sLastName][StudentLetter and/or ParentLetter]. 

Example: JSmithParentLetter.pdf and/or JSmithStudentLetter.pdf

Letters should include the following information

a. Financial Need:

  • How much scholarship money you are requesting.  Include both the maximum amount of financial aid that you would like to receive and the minimum amount that would make the scholarship useful to you. 
    (Note: The amounts listed will not affect your chances of receiving a scholarship.  Depending on available funding, UMFA may sometimes be able only to provide partial scholarships.  Each student and their teacher may receive a maximum of $599 total each fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) and maximum $200 per award cycle.)
  • Why you need this scholarship.
  • A list of any scholarships or financial support you have applied for to assist with the upcoming scholarship period (e.g. another summer camp scholarship) and any scholarships or financial support you have received for musical studies in the past or for the upcoming period.  Please include whether you are currently registered as a student of MusicLink and whether you have been in the past.
  • Any additional supporting statements demonstrating financial need.

b. Musical Purpose:

Why your musical studies on the flute are important to you. 

Please include the following: 

  • Length of lesson 
  • Standard lesson rate
  • Number of lessons in the award cycle
  • Maximum amount you can reasonably contribute per lesson
  • Discounted rate your teacher can offer per lesson
  • Standard lesson rate
  • Number of lessons in the award cycle
  • Maximum amount you can reasonably contribute per lesson
  • Discounted rate your teacher can offer per lesson

c. Instrument:

Do you have a flute in good working order?

If you need a flute, you may register as a MusicLink or Hopewell student (see UMFA Scholarship Program Overview).  If you don’t already have a flute, please include information about your plan to access one.

d. Teacher Information:

If you are currently studying privately with a flute teacher, or if you have in the past, please list the teacher(s) with whom you have studied and the time period you studied with them (e.g. Jane Doe, May 2009-Aug 2014).

e. Flute Activities and Goals:

Describe your/your student’s current and past activities that show your interest in and commitment to playing the flute.

  • How much time do you/your student practice each week (on average)?  Why are you willing to commit this amount of time to flute and music
  • What do you/your student expect or want to learn from your studies?  Tell us about your goals.


Applicants will receive notification of  results before the scholarship period start. For questions regarding the Scholarship Program, please contact our Scholarship Directer Sarah Weisbrod.



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