The Cultural Outreach Committee promotes diversity within the NFA membership through a variety of programs, most prominently through two types of scholarships for under-resourced and underrepresented flute students. Both scholarships are intended to provide promising young flutists with instruction and opportunities that may not otherwise be available to them. Since the Cultural Outreach Committee was formed in 1991, these programs helped dozens of students to more intensively study the flute and gain exposure to the arts.
Annual, renewable private lesson scholarships are awarded to students across the country. Scholarships are applied to tuition fees for private lessons for talented school-age students for as many years as the student continues to study through his or her high school graduation. The scholarships are intended to provide for students who could not otherwise afford private lessons.
As part of this scholarship, each student is matched not only with a quality private instructor but a mentor. The mentor oversees progress and acts as a role model, helping the student explore study habits, career possibilities, and life skills. Students also receive a complimentary membership in the NFA. Currently, scholarships support students attending schools in 10 major cities across the U.S.
Scholarships are also awarded to allow secondary school students to attend the NFA convention for one day at no cost. Each year, the Cultural Outreach Committee identifies 10–12 flute students attending school in the convention city who could not otherwise afford to attend. Selected students are guided through convention concerts, classes, and exhibits by a member of the Cultural Outreach Committee. Convention scholarships provide an inspirational opportunity for promising young flutists to make connections, observe performances by musical icons, and experience a national celebration of flute culture.
Cultural Outreach Scholarships are provided through the NFA’s General Endowment Fund. If you are interested in supporting under-resourced students, please consider making a donation—your support could make all the difference for a promising young flutist!
Jennifer Grim, Chair
Marianna Stratta Gariazzo