Continuing and strengthening the NFA’s mission of inspiring flutists, enriching lives, and impacting those who need it most, the First Generation in College Scholarship aims to support and develop educational and career opportunities for talented, first generation in college students. First generation in college students are defined as those students whose parents have not completed a bachelor's degree. Offered nationwide, this scholarship provides a transformative experience for college-level students with challenging financial backgrounds.
The First Generation in College Scholarship is made possible by a generous donation from Julie Maisel in memory of John Raphael (Raphy) Doyle.
The First Generation in College Scholarship is a merit-based, one-time monetary award granted to a flutist currently enrolled in or accepted to attend an accredited college, university or conservatory in the United States. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate music degree with the flute as their primary instrument and comply with the definition of first-generation college students above.
The awardee will receive a monetary award of $2,000 to be applied toward tuition, educational fees, or any other related expenses including but not limited to housing, meals, travel, or educational materials. In addition, the awardee will enjoy one-on-one career mentorship sessions with a member of the Career and Artistic Development Committee during the academic year.Questions should be directed to scholarship coordinator Nora Lee Garcia.
In order to be considered for the First Generation in College Flute Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
"As I grew up, my parents always told me that hard work pays off. When I decided to focus on music and take my chances at university auditions, I found that their words were true. Now, with the generosity of the NFA, my college dreams and future aspirations are even more tangible."
"This scholarship will help me complete the amount of money to purchase a more sophisticated instrument than the one I own now, which is a student model. With this new instrument, I hope to tackle new musical challenges more efficiently. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for this opportunity and how excited I am to begin the mentorship program."
"I grew up knowing that music is expensive, as my family and I were having trouble paying for expenses. I thank the NFA First Generation in College Scholarship because it will open doors that will allow me to connect with other musicians, whether it’s through music festivals or summer camps. I’m also looking forward to meeting other scholarship recipients who share a similar background."