Q: Who can apply for Guitar Academy scholarships?
A: Any student enrolled in private instrument and vocal lessons, ensembles, or any other ongoing music related class/activity at the Guitar Academy is eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Q: What is the scholarship application process?
A: The Guitar Academy has a very simple scholarship application process. The only step for applicants is to fill out a financial assessment form with required financial documentation. This form may be safely and securely completed online by clicking HERE. There is a $25.00 processing fee that must accompany this application. Completed financial assessment applications are sent to a third party financial assessment company to determine financial need. The Scholarship Committee is not involved in this process and does not examine applicant financial information. The Guitar Academy currently uses FACTS Management Company out of Lincoln, Nebraska. FACTS will analyze each applicant’s financial information to determine financial need and ability to pay. These "ability to pay" figures are given to the Guitar Academy Scholarship Committee upon completion. The Scholarship Committee will review the FACTS recommendations for each applicant and determine final scholarship award amounts. All decisions made by the Scholarship Committee are final. The entire process takes approximately two weeks from the date of application.
Q: How long are scholarships funded?
A: Scholarships for private lessons and ensembles are funded on a twelve month basis from the date the scholarship is awarded or for a particular program’s duration. Applicants must reapply on an annual basis to retain their scholarship. If a student decides to leave the Guitar Academy, for any reason, the unused portion of their scholarship will go back into our general scholarship fund to be awarded to future, qualified applicants.
Q: How does the Guitar Academy Scholarship Committee determine scholarship amounts?
A: The Guitar Academy Scholarship Committee takes several factors into consideration when awarding scholarship amounts, however, the primary factor is the applicant’s financial need and ability to pay as determined by FACTS. Since it is the desire of the Scholarship Committee to grant as much money to as many students as possible, secondary factors may include the number of scholarship applications we receive as well as the total amount of donations made available to our general scholarship fund.
Q: What are the requirements and obligations of scholarship recipients?
A: The Guitar Academy has high expectations for all scholarship recipients. Significant preparation and mandatory attendance on the scholarship recipient’s part is required for all private lessons, ensemble rehearsals, concerts, recitals, and music classes that are funded by our scholarship program. Students and their families may also be periodically asked to participate in scholarship fund raising events during the year. Attendance and participation at these events are strongly encouraged.
Q: Can an awarded scholarship be revoked?
A: Yes. Scholarships can be revoked upon recommendation of a Guitar Academy instructor to the Scholarship Committee if students are not fulfilling their preparation and attendance obligations.