Scholarship Rules and Application

o pdf file of these eligibility requirements.

o pdf file of the scholarship application form.

o MS Word file of the scholarship application form.

If you have trouble downloading these documents please contact



The purpose of the music scholarships is to encourage the musical development of students of symphonic orchestral instruments who have demonstrated musical achievement and wish to further their music education through private instruction.


The administration of the music scholarships will be the responsibility of the chairman and members of the Scholarship Committee and overseen by the DOS Board of Directors.


Any person who receives compensation as a member of the Dearborn Symphony is not eligible. Applicants must be continuing participants in their school instrumental music program or a recognized community symphony orchestra.

The scholarships are to be used for private instruction on the same instrument as played at the audition and may be awarded to any Dearborn/Dearborn Heights public, private or home-schooled student who meets the following criteria.

SCHOLARSHIP I: Dearborn and Dearborn Heights residents or students

a. Plays a standard symphony orchestra instrument (String, brass, wind or percussion, excluding keyboard)

b. Will be enrolled in grade 8-12 for the scholarship year and is a continuing member of the school instrumental music program or a recognized community orchestra.

c. Received a first division rating in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District Solo & Ensemble Festival or is highly recommended in writing by their school or private instrumental music instructor.

SCHOLARSHIP II: Children of non-resident volunteer Dearborn Symphony musicians.

a. Applicants must fulfill eligibility requirements as stated for Scholarship I.

b. The volunteer orchestra member must be totally uncompensated (complimentary tickets excluded), a performing member of the Symphony for a minimum of three full consecutive seasons and in good attendance standing.


The Music Scholarship audition is administered by the Scholarship Chairman and will be held in the presence of judges.

Eligible candidates should be prepared to play a solo composition. Scales and arpeggios in various articulations and sight reading may also be required. Audition scheduling will be arranged by the Scholarship Committee.


Applications may be printed from the Dearborn Symphony website ( A $10.00 non-refundable audition fee (checks made payable to the Dearborn Symphony) must be included with the completed scholarship application form. Send the completed application form and the audition fee to:

Dearborn Symphony Scholarship Auditions
P.O. Box 2063
Dearborn, MI 48123


The scholarship term is one year, beginning June 1 and ending May 15. All matters pertaining to notification, activation, publicity and arrangements for payment of monies are handled in accordance with approved procedures of the Scholarship Committee.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by July 31 and may submit receipts retroactive to June 1 for a one year period. All reimbursement requests must be received by the Scholarship Committee prior to May 15.