Create a Scholarship
Establishing a scholarship is one of the most meaningful ways of ensuring that VanderCook College of Music’s tradition of excellence will always be available to the most talented students, regardless of their financial circumstances. When you establish a scholarship, you directly help our deserving students realize their dream of earning a VanderCook degree and oursuing a successful teaching career. VanderCook suggests 4 options to keep in mind as you consider how you can create a lasting legacy through a scholarship fund.
We encourage donors to determine the criteria for the awards. Often this is done in consult with college faculty to determine the areas of greatest need at the college. Examples include: Lew and Gerry Schmidt’s award made to a student from Wisconsin with preference given to an instrumental (band) major; the Armond and Ann Menghini award for students from Michigan with preference given to instrumental (band) majors; and the Merle Isaac Scholarship for a string education major.
Other scholarship trustees allow the faculty to make the award based upon specific criteria such as a student’s GPA, level of service to the college, overall musicianship, or a particular instrument or voice. This is how the Zajec Scholoarship recipient is selected.
As a tuition-driven institution, any gift you commit will be put to good use and will make a critical difference in the lives of our students. You can be sure your scholarship will have a significant impact on VanderCook College of Music and the future of music education.
If you are considering establishing a scholarship fund at VanderCook and would like to discuss these options, please contact Clarmarie Keenan, director of institutional advancement at Jeff Sadowski, director of philanthropy, at: 312-788-1166 or email@example.com.
SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AT VANDERCOOK