The third annual Suncoast Music Scholarships program will offer up to $20,000 in music scholarships through a competition open to Sarasota and Manatee county high school students. The scholarship program is funded through a Sarasota Music Club and Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota partnership.
Four scholarship awards are available for graduating seniors to use for advanced music education. The awards are: 1st place - $5,000, 2nd place - $4,000, 3rd place - $3,000, and 4th place - $2,000.
Scholarships are also available for area 10th and 11th grade students through this competition. Two awards of $2,000 are available for 11th grade students, and two $1,000 awards will be available for 10th grade students. All scholarship funds are to be used for expenses related to the study of music.
Lee Dougherty Ross, Director of Scholarships for Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota and Co-Chair of Suncoast Music Scholarships, said, “We are delighted to participate in this partnership that supports young musicians aspiring to improve their musical talent.”
Information and applications are available through the websites of both sponsoring organizations: www.SarasotaMusicClub.org and www.ArtistSeriesConcerts.org. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on March 21, and the auditions will be held on April 28. The 12th grade winners will perform at the annual awards luncheon on May 12.