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The Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship was established in 2010 to honor Frances Blaisdell for her achievements as a pioneer female flutist and for her lifelong generosity in assisting young musicians. Blaisdell was among the first women to enter the male-dominated world of orchestral music. Following her retirement from performing, Blaisdell taught at Stanford University until her death in 2009 at age 97. In 1994, Blaisdell received the NFA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her trailblazing status as a flutist. In 2005, she was also awarded a Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award to honor her exceptional contributions as a flute educator at Stanford.
Each year, the Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship provides financial assistance for a high school or undergraduate student flutist to attend National Flute Association Convention. Recipients gain the means to attend the largest annual flute event in the world and the chance to participate in an enriching, immersive experience with renowned flute performers and ensembles from across the globe. Scholarship winners come away from the convention with insight, inspiration, and connections to help them further their flute musicianship and career.
Thanks to the generosity of NFA members, as of 2017, the recipient of the Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship will receive $1000, an increase of $250 over the previous year. In addition to the $1000 scholarship, the recipient will be awarded a complimentary pass to attend the 45th Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 10-13, 2017, and a one-year membership to the NFA to take advantage of the organization’s educational and professional resources.
Applications for the Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship are due April 1, 2017.
In order to be considered for the Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2017 to the NFA using the online upload form below. Before uploading your application materials, rename all electronic files so they begin with your name (example: John Doe Filename).
Applicants must submit the following materials; incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applications will be evaluated based on the applicant's musical ability (75% of total evaluation) as well as the potential for future positive impact on the development of flute music in the applicant's community as a result of attendance at and participation in the NFA convention (25% of total evaluation).
The recipient of the Frances Blaisdell Convention Scholarship agrees to the following requirements.
Please contact Frances Blaisdell Scholarship Coordinator Jonathan Borja with any questions.