Scholarships

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 2019 scholarship opportunity for young musicians in rural Northeastern Minnesota. Two scholarships are available to students graduating in 2019 who plan to pursue musical endeavors while attending college.

2019 Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation Scholarship Guidelines

Download 2019 Scholarship Guidelines as a PDF

Two $750 scholarships are available in 2019.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Student must be a graduating high school senior attending rural school districts in St. Louis (excluding Duluth), Lake, Cook, or Itasca Counties.
  • Applicants must be prepared to attend college full-time at an accredited institution with an established music program. Music majors are strongly preferred (especially music performance or composition). Non-music majors active in musical activities (e.g. performing in an ensemble, band, choir) are also eligible.
  • Applicants cannot be related to Friends of Brad trustees or board members.

PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVE TO APPLICATIONS THAT:

  • Illustrate the applicant’s musicianship, creativity, and passion for music.
  • Embody the Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation’s mission and goals: http://friendsofbrad.org/mission/
  • Demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to pursuing musical endeavors in college.

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

HOW TO APPLY

1) CREATE AND POST A VIDEO AUDITION TO YOUTUBE*

  • 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 the 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 the 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: http://goo.gl/RwNDsQ
  • For an example of a past scholarship winner’s video, check out: https://tinyurl.com/FOB-example-video.

2) CREATE AND POST A VIDEO IN RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING:

  • 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 before filling out the application, as the URL for the videos 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: https://tinyurl.com/friendsofbrad2019.

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

  • A current high school transcript (official electronic version or a scanned copy).
  • One brief, e-mail recommendation from a teacher, or someone other than a family member or fellow student who is familiar with the applicant’s musical activities.

Optional materials should be sent as .pdf files by email to scholarship@friendsofbrad.org. Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from the recommender.

All application materials must be received by Monday April 29, 2019 at 5 p.m. CDT

  • Applications received after the deadline are ineligible and will not be reviewed.

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