Student and Parent/Guardian Application
The Committee on the New Organist (CONO) reviews scholarship applications and awards scholarship aid to students attending Pipe Organ Encounters. Scholarship aid is not available to students attending Pipe Organ Encounters Plus. The committee establishes criteria and procedures for evaluating and rating each application.
Timeline for application and notification: Applications for scholarship aid will be accepted at any time between January 15 and May 15. Resources may be depleted prior to this date, so early application is advised. Awards will be made as funding is available. Completed applications consist of the student and parent applications, and teacher recommendation. The committee will review applications by e-mail or telephone monthly, February through June. Notification of the committee’s decisions will be made within the month of review to the local Chapter POE director and to the Director of CONO.
Awards: Scholarship awards will be offered to a maximum of the registration fee, which shall not exceed $450. The committee will know the pool of money with which they have to work, and allocate accordingly. The New Organist Fund (80 percent of interest income from the previous year) and Guild operating funds are the sources of scholarship money.
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Awards will be applicable for tuition only (not for travel to and from POE site) and are made directly to the POE host chapter. A student may receive only one award per year, applied to one POE.
Awards are largely based on financial need and information provided on the application forms. Teacher recommendations provide insight into the applicant’s character and need. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that the teacher has the link to the online recommendation form, below.
To apply for a scholarship, please complete the online application.
A music teacher’s recommendation is required for all students applying for scholarship assistance to attend a Pipe Organ Encounter. Applications cannot be processed unless a teacher’s recommendation is submitted. Financial aid is awarded for tuition only, not for travel or other expenses.
As prior organ study is not a prerequisite for attending a Pipe Organ Encounter (POE), the teacher’s recommendation may be submitted by a piano or organ teacher, a church or synagogue music director or organist, or a high school choral or instrumental teacher.
Although scholarship assistance to POEs is based on need, the teacher’s recommendation provides a window into a student’s work habits and character. Please feel free to mention any achievements that the student has attained.
To submit a recommendation, please complete the online form.