Starting in the spring of 2011, Friends of Brad has awarded annual scholarships to students graduating from rural high schools in northeastern Minnesota who plan to pursue music careers. Friends of Brad hopes to continue supporting young musicians in this way for many years to come.


Learn more about Friends of Brad scholarship recipients.


Friends of Brad is pleased to announce the 2018 scholarship opportunity for young musicians in rural Northeastern Minnesota. Two scholarships of $750 are available to students graduating in 2018 who plan to pursue musical endeavors while attending college.



Two (one-time) scholarships of $750 are available.



Graduating high school seniors in rural Northeastern Minnesota who plan to actively pursue musical endeavors while attending college.


  • Student must be a graduating high school senior attending rural school districts in St. Louis (excluding Duluth), Lake, Cook, or Itasca County at the time of the application.
  • Applicants must be prepared to attend college full-time at an accredited institution with an established music program. Strong preference will be given to students majoring in music, especially music performance or composition. Non-music majors who are active in musical endeavors such as performing in an ensemble, band or choir are also eligible.
  • Applicants cannot be related to any of the Friends of Brad trustees or board members.


  • Illustrate the applicant’s musicianship, creativity, and passion for music
  • Embody the Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation’s mission and goals
  • Demonstrate that they are committed to pursuing musical endeavors during college.

Consideration may also be given to a student’s academic performance and financial need.



  • The video should consist entirely of one or more musical performances by the applicant, with clear audio and video. Maximum duration: 10 minutes. Include titles/composers of all works performed in your video.
  • We encourage applicants to express their personality and musical style in the video.
  • The text “Friends of Brad Memorial Scholarship” must be included in both the title and video description, and your video should be made publicly viewable. Applicant grants Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation the right to embed, share, and publicize all video submissions.
  • For a tutorial on posting videos to YouTube, visit:
  • For an example of a past scholarship winner’s video, check out:



  • A new colony is being established on a faraway planet. You have been assigned as its musical director. The Intergalactic Endowment for the Arts has mandated that each new colony must develop its own distinctive form of music. It may draw from established Earthly or other musical traditions, but must be imbued with distinguishable traits that help forge a unique musical identity for your colony. Describe or depict the music of your new home planet.
  • The video should be no more than 82 seconds long.
  • Applicants can create any type of video they choose, using none or any of the following elements: original music, visual props, claymation, timelapse, vocal effects, instrument sounds, computer-generated graphics, sketches, painting, poetry, kinetic sculpture, dramatic reading, etc.
  • Be creative. Be wacky. Be yourself, and let your personality shine through. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box — responses should convey your musical imagination and vision.


*Applicants must post videos prior to filling out the application, as the URL for the video is required for submission of the application form.


3) COMPLETE AND SUBMIT the online Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation Scholarship Application, which is available at:


4) OPTIONAL MATERIALS: Applications may also include the following, optional materials:

1)   A current high school transcript, either an official electronic version or a scanned, legible copy

2)   One brief, e-mail recommendation from a teacher, or someone other than a family member or fellow student who is familiar with your musical activities


Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to the Friends of Brad scholarship committee from the recommender. Optional materials should be sent as .pdf files by email attachment to


All application materials must be received by Monday, April 16, 2018 Monday, April 23.

*The scholarship deadline was extended a week in an effort to recruit more applicants.

  • Applications must be received by 5pm (CST) on the deadline date.
  • Applications received after the deadline are ineligible and will not be reviewed.


*The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation reserves the right not to award one or both of the scholarships if the review committee finds it did not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified applications.


The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation

The FOBMF was created to honor the memory of Bradley Edward Rozman through programs that cultivate and celebrate young Minnesota musicians.The FOBMF is a 501(c)(3) that administers a number of programs aimed towards this goal, including the music events BradFest and BradtoberFest.  For more information or to contribute to the cause, contact or visit


Bradley E. Rozman
Brad Rozman lived for music. He discovered a love for drumming at a young age and pursued this passion with vigor for the rest of his life. In the early days, he formed garage bands with musician friends and led the drum line in the Virginia High School marching band. After high school, he went on to study percussion performance at St. Cloud State University and the University of Illinois-Urbana. When he returned to Minnesota after graduate school, Brad became involved in many music-making endeavors in the Duluth area, most notably as drummer for the bands High Volt Rustler and Equal Exchange. Brad’s life was cut short in May 2009 when he died unexpectedly of a seizure








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