Preference will be given to applicants who will declare an academic major or minor in instrumental or vocal music; however, consideration will also be given to non-music majors or minors, who will combine some academic study of music at college with continued extracurricular performance of music, according to Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County Foundation Executive Director Sam Barone.
Applicants need only submit a one-page letter summarizing their musical performance experience to date, and state their intentions for post-secondary music education. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member, or from a private music instructor, may be attached to letters of application, if desired.
Letters of application and letters of recommendation should be postmarked, or hand-delivered to the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County by the deadline, along with an audio CD (mp3 or other popular format) containing two to three minutes of solo vocal or instrumental performance (or ensemble performance, if the applicant’s performance is clearly discernible), preceded by a descriptive audio introduction of the student and the performance setting.
A panel of music professionals will review all application materials and recommend a scholarship recipient to the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County Board of Directors.
The Community Foundation office is located adjacent to the teller line in the First-Knox National Bank Main Branch, 1 S. Main St., Mount Vernon.