Instrument Scholarship


What is the Instrument Scholarship?

The Instrument Scholarship was established in 2019 due to a collaboration between our high school orchestra director and our local music stores which include: Alpha Strings, Rowland Music, and Singer Music. These music stores are very supportive of the orchestra program in our district and regularly contribute towards building our string program. The goal behind the instrument scholarship is to provide students an opportunity to receive their very own instruments so that they can experience the joy of having an instrument to call their own.

Who is eligible?

  • You are currently in 7-12th grade

  • You are enrolled in your school orchestra in Rowland Unified

  • You do not currently own an instrument

What are the requirements?

  • Essay Requirements: 2 Pages, 12 point Times New Roman Font, Double Spaced


    What instrument would you like and why that specific instrument?

    Why do you feel like you deserve this instrument scholarship?

  • Video Requirements: Please record in landscape mode if using a smartphone. The higher quality the video the better. Please make sure to have a clean background and no audio distractions in the background. If you need help recording, please ask your orchestra director for assistance. Please answer each question and include a 5-second buffer between each question.


    What motivated you to apply for this scholarship?

    How would you feel if you received your very own instrument?

    How has music impacted your life?

Instrument Scholarship Guidelines

  • If you receive an instrument: you must continue orchestra until high school graduation and you must perform a piece at the String Showcase in May

  • Students that continue music in college are eligible to keep their instruments (Major or Minor in Music)

  • Students that will not continue will donate their instrument for someone else to use in our district

  • Failure to follow guidelines will cause you to forfeit your instrument to RUSD

Scholarship Application Timeline

  • Scholarship application opens August 12, 2019

  • Scholarship application ends on August 23rd at 12:00 AM

  • Scholarship recipients will be announced at our annual Orchestra Night