Uptown Music Collective now accepting scholarship applications for the 22-23 school year
WILLIAMSPORT — The Uptown Music Collective, the area’s premier nonprofit school of music, is now accepting scholarship applications for its 2022-2023 school year, which will begin in September. This year, the collective is offering 13 needs- and merit-based scholarships to currently enrolled students, as well as new students wishing to enroll in the school for the upcoming year. Current scholarship stewards include The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania via the Lew Gilberti Fund, Angelina’s Song Foundation, Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Hudock Capital Group, UPMC North Central PA, UPMC Health Plan, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, Chartwell Hotels, The Kiessling Group of Janney Montgomery Scott, KFC Williamsport and The Miller Family. In the early days of the school, founder Dave Brumbaugh would teach students who couldn’t afford to pay for free. In return, he expected them to excel at their studies; be respectful; clean and take care of the school; help with organizational tasks; and, when ready, to teach their peers. Through the UMC Scholarship and Financial Aid programs, UMC offers dynamic music education to any student that is willing to work hard and remains committed to never turning away a deserving student because of their inability to pay.
In 2009, the collective offered its first official scholarship, The Alice Hileman Memorial Scholarship, which was created and funded by a generous anonymous donor. Seven years ago, the Uptown Music Collective quintupled its scholarship offerings and formalized a new sliding scale discount rate, which allows the school to help even more students in need. Aside from the generous donations of individuals and local businesses, the financial aid being offered is the result of the school’s highly successful Scholarship Fundraising Concert held for the past six winters at the Community Arts Center. The Uptown Music Collective has continued to grow for more than 20 years from what many once called “the best-kept secret in the Williamsport area,” to one of the area’s most highly respected, nonprofit, educational organizations. The collective is known for its positive peer group, inspiring teachers and a diverse multitude of performance opportunities. In spite of the fact that the collective is known for highly talented student performers, there is no previous experience needed to begin enrollment at the Collective.
“This year, there are a lot of scholarships available for brand new students looking to enroll at the collective,” said Jared Mondell, assistant executive director of the Collective. The collective feels strongly about the role of music in creating well-rounded, thoughtful young people, and works to establish characteristics such as self-discipline and personal responsibility in each of its students through healthy habits like practice and self-control. Uptown Music Collective students consistently perform at high levels not only musically, but also in their respective schools and as valuable members of other community organizations. The deadline to apply for this round of scholarships is June 6.
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