The Berry/Kauffold Scholarship is designed to help students further their music education. The purpose of our scholarship is to provide monetary incentives to musically talented high school students. The money can be used to purchase/lease new or upgraded instrument, to offset expenses for band camp or for private instrumental instruction, from a qualified teacher or program. The award of scholarship support is based upon completion of the application and the recommendation forms and a two to five minute video/audio file. Through this program. we will be awarding $2000 to deserving high school students in Michigan.

Our goals are to encourage long-term involvement in the performance and music, to make students aware of the opportunity to continue performance with a community music experience and to pursuing music education after high school.

Scholarship applicants must currently be in the ninth (9th) through eleventh (11th) grade and must be current members of their high school instrumental or orchestral program. Please find the guidelines, application for and all reference recommendation sheets necessary for completing the application.

Application and Reference Forms are due by April 1, 2023. Applicants with complete applications will be contacted with regard of scholarship status.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Debra Berry

Scholarship Committee

Michigan District Optimists
(248) 467-0592

Michelle Kauffold

Scholarship Committee

Michigan District Optimists
(313) 510-6300

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