Jacobs Music and the Steinway Society of Greater Princeton are pleased to announce a new Developmental Scholarship Award aimed at young keyboard players with exceptional promise whose families are experiencing temporary financial hardship. The award will consist of $600 towards one semester of weekly piano lessons. Please use the menu to see past awardees.
Piano students who have discontinued their piano lessons in September 2013 due to financial hardship are eligible to apply. Students must be between the ages of 11-18 as of September 1st and must reside in Mercer County, New Jersey.
Students of teachers who serve on the Steinway Society board, or who serve as Artistic Advisors to the Steinway Society, are ineligible. Family members of Steinway Society board members and family members of Steinway Society Artistic Advisors are also ineligible.
The Steinway Society will accept scholarship applications on a rolling basis beginning in October. Each year, from October through May, we will consider up to 10 applicants who meet the requirements of age, residence location, and discontinuance of lessons. If more than 10 qualifying applications reach us on the same day, we will consider all of them.
One award per year will be made. After we choose a winner, the scholarship contest will be closed for that year. The Steinway Society reserves the right to make no awards.
Applicants must submit:
1. an application form (click here to download the form)
2. a written statement from the family explaining the financial need;
3. a one-paragraph written statement from the student explaining why piano lessons are important to him or her;
4. a recommendation letter from the student’s former private piano teacher;
5. a recommendation letter from a school teacher of the student.
Applications must be sent by postal mail with postmark on or after October 1st 2014, to:
The Greater Princeton Steinway Society
2540 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.
All parts of the application must be delivered at the same time in one envelope. They will be considered in the order received.
Applications that are not prepared according to the instructions will not be considered.
Terms and Conditions
Scholarship funds shall be paid directly to the studentʼs piano teacher.
The winning student will be required to play a piece for the Steinway Society board members at the conclusion of his or her funded lessons at a mutually convenient time.
The winning student and family agree that the Steinway Society may use his or her name and photograph in publicity materials and in listings of scholarship recipients.
Once the scholarship funds have been delivered to the teacher, the Steinway Society has no further obligation to the student, even if disaster or emergency prevents the winning student from completing his or her funded lessons.