Private Lesson Scholarships
Princeton Music Boosters started in 1961 where among other things, it was decided to award two scholarships in order for students to attend private music lessons. We currently award 25 scholarships ranging in value from $500-$750 each. While it is not required to attend private music lessons at Princeton, many of our students desire to do so knowing the impact that lessons have on their musical ability. Countless studies have proven the positive effects that music and the performing arts have on children, including increased cognitive abilities, higher scores on standardized testing, increased confidence and a more well behaved student in general. Private lessons enhance these characteristics which in-turn is making for a better music program and for better students!
About 2/3 of our scholarships are named in memory or in honor of loved ones and are funded by private donations from alumni, staff and supporters. The remaining scholarships are funded by the Princeton Music Boosters from our general budget through a variety of fund raising activities.
Approximately 70% of the District’s students are at or near the poverty level and receive free or reduced lunch assistance.
Princeton Music Boosters supports all aspects of music, band, jazz, theater and choir in the Princeton City Schools. Any student currently enrolled in Princeton that is in the 6th grade or higher may apply for a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded on a variety of criteria and do not necessarily focus on grades or financial need, but more on passion, involvement and what the student brings to our music program.
Overview of planning and execution process for this project
A sub-committee of the Princeton Music Boosters works specifically on making sure that we raise the appropriate funds and that information about the scholarships is distributed accordingly. Annually, a push is made to retain current contributors as well as to gain new donors. In accordance with the wishes of the donors, special mention is made of our donors and their scholarship via social media, printed programs as well as on stage prior to every performance a complete listing is shown to the audience. The scholarships are awarded near the end of the school, so work is on-going throughout much of the school year.
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The budgetary process focuses on our sustainability in general but the scholarship fund is sacred and maintained at any cost. Whether it be uniforms, music or equipment, the one line item that will never be “adjusted” is scholarships.
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We have recently raised the scholarship donation amount from $400 to $500 in order to more adequately cover the cost of the lessons and to help the students attend these lessons for a longer period of time. Thankfully, since the increase, we have not seen any adverse effects. In fact, our 2017-2018 fund raising went so well, that we were able to award a second $750 scholarship for a total of 26 and $13,000 in awards! We anticipate this trend to continue and look forward to increasing the number of scholarships we award.
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