Scholarships and Competitions
The Symphony Society Scholarship opportunities are available for outstanding high school and college students interested in music. Individual scholarships are awarded to outstanding college and high school students who have a strong interest in music to enable them to seek out programs or activities which will build and enhance their music proficiency. Examples include summer music programs, college programs, youth orchestra, chorus, etc.
The Southwest Florida Symphony Jillian Prescott Music Awards is an annual competition for keyboard, voice and instrumental performers 22 years of age or younger who have legal residence in the counties of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry in Florida. The competition is two-tiered: Youth: high school and younger (age 12-17); and Young Adult (age 17-22). Cash prizes are awarded and the overall winner is featured in a performance with the Southwest Florida Symphony. The competition is open to the public. The Van Sickle Vocal Scholarship Competition is held every one or two years. The competition is open to high school seniors who are planning to major in music with voice as their principal instrument, or vocal majors already in college or graduate school. The scholarship may be awarded to anyone majoring in Music, Music Education, Theory, etc. as long as the principal instrument is voice. The scholarship will be awarded for a period of four years.
The John Hudson Scholarship is an annual scholarship to be given to a high school senior from the Youth Orchestra Program who will be attending college.