Scholarships

Arts plus scholarships.

Arts+ offers a variety of scholarships for outstanding students in our private lesson division. Scholarships are awarded based on merit and determined by external and independent professional music educators. Scholarships are awarded to young children through high school students, based on the recommendations of the adjudicators.

Audition for a Scholarship

Our scholarship auditions take place each spring for the following school year. For Arts+ music students, Merit Scholarship applications are due to the Director of Music Programs in the spring. Applications are available only from Arts+ music instructors, and completed application packets must include an instructor letter of recommendation. Please see your instructor for more details.

2021–22 Merit Scholarships and Winners

Mary H. (Lib) McNeely Scholarship - Brandon Lauren, piano, from the studio of Dzidra Reimanis

The Mary H. (Lib) McNeely Scholarship was established by the McNeely family as a celebration of the late Lib McNeely and her love of music.  This scholarship is awarded to a deserving music student in voice, piano, or harp based on three criteria: (1) the student’s audition, (2) the student’s demonstrated love of music and understanding of music’s power to transform lives, and (3) the student’s character and willingness to share the gift of music with others.  The recipient receives a full scholarship for music study for one calendar year (one-hour lessons including fall, spring and summer semesters).



David J. Heath Memorial Scholarship - 
Constantine Rybek, cello, from the studio of Victoria McLaughlin

The David J. Heath Memorial Scholarship was established by Heather Heath Ryan in memory of her father, David, who had a passion for all types of music, from Beethoven to Miles Davis to the Beatles.  Heather credits her father for her love of music and vocal successes, for he always supported her musical ambitions and was present for each and every one of her performances.  This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates exceptional musical ability and/or potential through the audition process.  The recipient will be selected solely on the basis of audition and will receive a full scholarship for music study for one calendar year (one-hour lessons including fall, spring and summer semesters).



Southminster Scholarship - 
Stefan Nazaruk, violin, from the studio of Nora Smilovici

The Southminster Scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates exceptional musical ability and/or potential through the audition process.  The recipient will be selected solely on the basis of audition and will receive a full scholarship for music study for one calendar year (one-hour lessons including fall, spring and summer semesters).



The Willie Hudson Memorial Scholarship - 
McKenzie McKnight, piano, from the studio of Dzidra Reimanis

The Willie Hudson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2020 to celebrate the life and legacy of Willie Hudson and his 25 years teaching music for Arts+. Willie was an integral member of the Arts+ faculty, teaching guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion and preschool music programs from 1995 to 2020. Willie was passionate about music, loved teaching students of all ages and had an ability to put a smile on the face of every person who interacted with him. This scholarship is awarded to any deserving music student, with special consideration given to students in the Arts+ Rock ‘n’ Blues program performing commercial music genres. This student will demonstrate exceptional musical ability, potential, and dedication through the audition process and will receive a full scholarship for music study for one calendar year (any lesson length including fall, spring and summer semesters).

Click here to contribute to the Willie Hudson Memorial Scholarship.



Arts+ Outstanding Musician Scholarship
 - Zeke Martin, harp, from the studio of Christine Van Arsdale

Arts+ has the core mission of transforming lives through outstanding arts education.  We are committed to artistic excellence and believe in celebrating the accomplishments of talented young musicians. Based on audition, Arts+ will award a $500 scholarship to a talented musician in grade 6 or above.



The Charlotte Music Club Outstanding Young Musician Scholarship - 
Saiya Larsen, violin, from the studio of Nora Smilovici

The Charlotte Music Club Scholarship recognizes exceptional musical ability in a musician grade 5 or below based solely on audition.  The recipient will receive a one-time grant of $750 toward music lessons and will perform with fellow Charlotte Music Club Scholarship winners from across the region in a spring 2022 recital.



New merit scholarship for 2022-2023

Sylvia Newman Memorial Scholarship

The Sylvia Newman Memorial Scholarship was recently established by her family in honor of her musical talents and generous personality.  This scholarship is awarded to a string or piano student who demonstrates exceptional musical ability and/or potential through the audition process.  The recipient will be selected solely on the basis of audition and will receive a full scholarship for music study for one calendar year (one-hour lessons including fall, spring and summer semesters).

Click here to contribute to the Sylvia Newman Memorial Scholarship.


Provide a Scholarship

If you would like to provide a scholarship for an outstanding student through either a multi-year annual contribution or a permanent endowment, please contact Associate Executive Director Stephanie Stenglein at sstenglein@artsplus.org or 704.887.0298.