In the 2019-2020 academic year, MacDowell Music Club awarded $4,500 in scholarships to students in the Rock County community.

The MacDowell Music Club offers two kinds of music scholarships: Continuing Education Scholarships, which are non-auditioned scholarships awarded in the fall, and Achievement Scholarships, which are auditioned for and awarded in the spring. The scholarships are for students up through 12th grade, depending on the particular scholarship.

Continuing Education Scholarships:

These music scholarships are for prospective or current music students who are in financial need. Teachers may fill out an application recommending up to two current or prospective students to receive this scholarship. Applicants may apply in consecutive years for the Continuing Education Scholarship. The purpose of these scholarships is to pay for private music lessons to those students who otherwise may not have the opportunity.

Scholarship monies are awarded to the students in October, as checks made out to the teacher, and are approximately $300 per scholarship. Scholarships included in this category are the Renick Ross Scholarship and the MacDowell Scholarships. One or more scholarships are awarded out of this fund each year at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. Deadline for applications is Thursday October 1, 2020.

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Achievement Scholarships

These music scholarships are audition-based. Students or teachers may fill out this application. The purpose of these scholarships is to support and inspire students towards musical excellence.

Scholarship monies are awarded to the students in February, as checks made out to the teacher, and are $300 per scholarship. Applications in this category are entered into a scholarship pool from donors.

Applications must be submitted by January 20, 2021. Auditions will be held on a Sunday (date TBA) at The Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1700 W. State Street, Janesville. Scholarships winners are REQUIRED to perform their auditions piece on a Sunday (date TBA), at the Janesville Woman's Club, 108 South Jackson Street, Janesville

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Support Music Education in the Rock County Community

To raise money for local scholarships, the MacDowell Music Club initiates non-event fundraiser mailing.

If you would like to support music education in Rock County, you may make a tax-deductible donation to MacDowell Music Club.

Make checks out to "MacDowell Music Club" with "scholarships" in the memo line.

Send tax-deductible donations to:

MacDowell Music Club, c/o treasurer
1309 Elida St.
Janesville, WI 53545

For further information about our scholarships, contact Barbara Eckerman at

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