Marie Henderson Scholarship

sponsored by the
Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association (GPSA)
for Suzuki Student Summer Institute Tuition Assistance

History: Marie Henderson’s 6-year-old son Jason was a Suzuki piano student who studied with GPSA teachers Judy Sheard and Kathy Moser. Marie loved the method, joined the GPSA, and began training to be a Suzuki piano teacher herself. Upon her untimely death, the GPSA established the Marie Henderson award to support students attending Summer Suzuki Institutes. Marie will always be remembered for her warmth, dedication as a mother and a caring teacher, and her deep understanding and enthusiasm for the Suzuki method. This award is in her honor.

Eligibility: Eligible students must study with a teacher who is currently a member of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association (GPSA). Teachers are asked to recommend students who have a financial need that would otherwise prohibit them from attending a summer institute. Only students applying for their first institute experience will be considered. Students may only be awarded this scholarship once.

Awards: Scholarships are awarded in the amount of up to 100% of tuition for one child per family. If a second child (sibling) in the family applies, a scholarship may be awarded in the amount of up to 60% of the tuition. No more than two children per family will be considered. Scholarships are for tuition only and do not include room & board, transportation, or other fees.

This scholarship is specifically for first-time institute students who would be unable to attend an institute without tuition assistance from the GPSA. Please include a paragraph detailing your musical experiences, your reasons for attending the institute, and any relevant financial information with your application. A copy of the institute brochure or other verification of costs must accompany this application. Due to the competitiveness of these scholarships, applications without proof of costs will be ineligible for scholarship monies.

All students selected to receive a scholarship are asked to write a short letter about their experience at the summer institute that the GPSA may use for future promotional purposes.

Deadline: Teachers submit student recommendations by March 1 annually.

[ CLICK HERE to fill out the Scholarship Application ]

If you have any additional questions, contact Chris Brennan-Hagy:
Phone: 215-233-2077