For the past eleven years Newtown Friends of Music has sent highly regarded professional musicians to the Newtown schools in their twice-a-year school outreach programs. Since the 2000/2001 school year some 49 world-renowned artists have visited all the Newtown schools, on a rotating basis, and some 1300 students benefitted from master classes given by the various musicians.
This year, NFM has decided to establish a scholarship for a graduating High School senior who is pursuing the further study of music as a career, be it in solo performance, composition, orchestra, or the teaching of music. This scholarship shall be open to all students who reside in Newtown, whether or not they attend Newtown High School.
The Newtown Scholarship association will administer the scholarship and will select the applicant. The Newtown Scholarship Association awards some 70 scholarships annually, amounting to some $200,000. Over the period of its existence (it was established in 1937) NSA has awarded over $3 Million in scholarships to Newtown students.
Each year the awards committee interviews an outstanding group of high school seniors. Awards are determined on the basis of the family’s financial need. Applications will be available next February through the NSA or the Guidance Office at Newtown High School.
In the photo above, Mrs Stephanie Gaston (left), Awards Committee Chairperson of The Newtown Scholarship Association accepts a check for $1,000 from Mrs Dorothea S LaBelle (right), Treasurer of Newtown Friends of Music.