Scholarship Program

Linking musical prosperity through generations

A limited number of scholarships are available to kids 8-18 who have the desire to play a musical instrument but would otherwise not have the opportunity to take music lessons. Scholarship money is provided by Modern Roots Foundation through private donations, grants, and crowd-funding. See below for FAQs and income/household specifications.

Commonly Asked Questions:

Who can qualify for a scholarship?
Any kid ages 8-18 years of age who has the desire to learn a musical instrument. All that is needed is an approved scholarship form.

Are scholarships for workshops, camps AND private lessons?
Yes, however our first priority is lessons.

How long does a scholarship last?
A private lesson scholarship student is reviewed every 3 months based on the student’s commitment to practice and show achievement. A class scholarship will last as long as the session (usually 8 weeks) and may be repeated into the next session by request.

Is there any cost to the student?
Yes, the student pays a  minimum of $25 per month for private lessons or a set fee for available camps/workshops.

How do I apply for a music scholarship?
Download or fill out the application HERE .

How can someone donate to the scholarship fund?

  1. You can make a one-time donation for any amount.
  2. Sponsor a child by paying the monthly tuition for a specific or random student.
  3. Donate a used musical instrument to be sold at Fretwell Music. 100% goes toward music scholarships!

Individuals who can prove they are certified as fully and currently eligible for Medicaid (the Oregon Health Plan), TANF, SNAP (Food Stamps) or FDPIR are considered automatically income eligible for scholarship upon funding availablity.

Household means: a person or group of people, related or not, who usually (though not necessarily) live together and whose income and consumption of goods and services are related. In determining the size of household for a pregnant MRF applicant, count each unborn child as an additional household member, unless the woman specifically waives the increase in number.

Income means:
Gross income, including overtime, before deductions for income taxes, employee’s social security taxes, insurance premiums, bonds, etc. The determination of the amount of a household’s gross income shall not be considered reduced for financial hardships, medical bills, or child support. Income includes:

  • Cash from salary (including overtime), wages, fees.
  • Net income from farm and non-farm self-employment.
  • Social security (including SSI for disabled individuals). Dividends or interest on savings or bonds, estates, trusts, or net rental income. Public assistance or welfare payments.
  • Unemployment compensation.
  • Government civilian employee or military retirement payments, or veteran’s payments.
  • Private pensions or annuities.
  • Alimony or child support payment.
  • Regular contributions from persons not living in the household.
  • Net royalties.
  • Other cash income or allowances from any resources that are readily available to the household.