Scholarships & Awards: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

 

Annual Instrumental Music Scholarships & Awards

The Stevenson Instrumental Music Department, the Stevenson Band Boosters, and Utica Community Schools join forces to offer students opportunities to earn scholarships and awards each school year.

 

Scholarships:

Awards:

  • John Philip Sousa Award
  • Louis Armstrong Jazz Award

Louis Gonda Memorial Music Scholarship

  • Established to fund opportunities for UCS band students to further their music education
  • Over the years, the Gonda Fund has enabled hundreds of students to attend music camps, take private lessons or otherwise enrich their music study
  • Primary funding source is through admissions at UCS' annual Band-a-Rama Marching Band Show
  • Open to Instrumental Music students in 9th - 11th grades that receive a 1st Division Rating at District Solo & Ensemble Festival
  • 2019 Auditions: Wednesday, Feb 13 at Stevenson High School. Continue reading below for details

 

Utica Community Schools - 2019 Louis Gonda Scholarship Information

  1. Auditions will take place at Stevenson High School February 13th from 2:30pm-5pm. First come, first served
  2. There will be a $4.00 audition fee, payable at the audition
  3. Each audition will have a 3-minute time limit; students will play in the order which they arrive
  4. Eligibility:
    1. Instrumental Music Students grades 9-11 are eligible, see section c below
    2. Students must continue playing their instrument in the UCS district next year
    3. Students must have received a 1st Division rating on their solo at the 2019 High School Solo and Ensemble Festival, and must be enrolled in a current Instrumental Music class for all of 2018-2019
    4. Previous Gonda scholarship winners are not eligible to audition for the Gonda Scholarship
  5. Piano solos are not eligible for the Gonda Scholarship
  6. You may perform with or without accompaniment, however, please keep in mind that your performance will be more enhanced by the use of an accompanist.
  7. Scholarships can be used for summer music camps, marching band camps, or private lessons
  8. The recipients of the scholarships will be notified the next school day by their directors
  9. Parents, friends, family members, etc. are not allowed in the audition room

Students auditioning for the Gonda Scholarship represent all UCS high schools and their feeder junior highs.


Craig Ankawi

Craig Ankawi Memorial Scholarship

  • Established in 2011 in memory of the spirit former Stevenson Instrumental Music student Craig Ankawi had for the program. He was tragically taken from this life just after he completed his senior year at SHS in June, 2010.
  • Funded as partnership between the Ankawi family and the Stevenson Band Boosters
  • Open to Instrumental Music students in 10th & 11th grades with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Applications for 2019 must be submitted at a date to be announced. Continue reading below for details

 

2019 Craig Ankawi Scholarship Information

  • The cutoff date for 2019 applications will be posted here once available, as will the information about where to e-mail your application package
  • You will be asked to write a two page essay on the following topic:
    • to be announced
  • Include a full resume and three letters of reference (not family members or Mr. Sekich) in your e-mail

 

  1. This $500 scholarship is not based on financial needs, but for the dedicated student in the Instrumental Music Program
  2. All applicants must have involved in the Instrumental Music Program throughout the 2018-19 school year. The recipient must be returning to the program in 2019-20
  3. This scholarship is for Stevenson students that are in 10th and 11th grades in 2018-19
  4. Students must have at least a 3.00 GPA
  5. The scholarship money must be used for music educational purposes such as private lessons/band camps

 

Previous Ankawi Scholarship Winners:
2018 Julia Daniel 2017 Veronica Pardington
2016 Corbyn McKinley-Piwonski 2015 Mike Sekich
2014 Nicholas Holevar 2013 Brittany Bissa
2012 Jackie Kaiser 2011 Rebekah Veit

John Philip Sousa Award

  • info coming soon

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award

  • info coming soon