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Scholarships and Aid

Fund for Access

The Fund for Access financial-aid program ensures that children whose families demonstrate financial need can participate in our life-changing programs. Financial aid supports student participation in private music lessons, ensembles, and dance classes. Students who receive financial aid must show commitment through attendance and achievement to remain eligible for continued financial aid.

Fund for Access financial aid is available for pre-college students only. They support one activity (e.g. private lessons, ensembles, dance programs, etc.) per child.

Award Details

  • Fund For Access awards are determined on a sliding scale.
  • Awards supplement payments made for tuition. Partial payment is required. No full-tuition awards are given.
  • The balance of the tuition may be paid in up to eight installments for those who qualify.

Application Details

Submitted applications must include a completed registration form and supporting financial documentation.

Applications are accepted after the deadline on a rolling basis, but priority is given to those who apply by the deadline.

To submit your application, e-mail it to hcdbills@hartford.edu.

Donate to the Fund for Access

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Fund for Access to help ensure that all may participate in our programs, regardless of financial limitations.

We are grateful for support for the Fund For Access from generous individual donors.

Questions? Call us at 860.768.4451 or email us at harttcomm@hartford.edu.

Music Honors Program

We take great pride in the quality of our pre-college students. One way we recognize these students is through our departmental honors program. Students chosen to participate in the honors program are also eligible for the merit scholarships described below.

The Honors Program is by teacher recommendation only. Students will be notified by their private teacher if they qualify for this program.

Guitar and Harp

  • Beatrice Sewall Scholarship is awarded to the highest ranking student at the audition.
  • The Guitar and Harp Senior Award is given to the highest ranking senior at the audition.

Piano, Organ, and Harpsichord

  • Musical Club of Hartford – Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship I, will be awarded for the best performance by a pianist in grades 9-11 at the Piano Honors Auditions.
  • Musical Club of Hartford – Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship II, will be awarded for the second best performance by a pianist in grades 9-11 at the Piano Honors Auditions.
  • Dr. Watson Morrison Scholarship, awarded for the best performance by a pianist in grades 6-8 at the Piano Honors Auditions.
  • Jeffrey Quinn Morrison Prize, is awarded for the best performance by a pianist in grade 12 at the Piano Honors Auditions

Strings

  • Junior String Honors: John Jorgensen Memorial Award, awarded to a serious cello student.  In absence, the award may be given to a qualified string student.
  • Senior String Honors: Abraham M. Huang Memorial Award, a scholarship awarded for the best performance in the Senior String Honors Audition. The student may not be a graduating senior.
  • Senior Award: a non-monetary award given to the most-deserving graduating senior in the honors audition.

Voice

  • Students chosen to participate in the honors program may be considered for the Bel Canto Scholarship. This award is given to a talented vocalist with special interest in opera, or another qualified student.
  • Other awards may be available at the discretion of the department chair through the Nancy Andersen Vocal Activities Fund.

Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion

  • Beatrice Sewall Scholarship is awarded to the highest ranking student at the audition.
  • The Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion Senior Award is given to the highest ranking senior at the audition.

Composition and Theory

(Non-monetary benefit.)

Each Honors Composer will be paired up with an HCD performer or ensemble to create a new work that will be premiered in spring. Collaborations are arranged by the Creative Studies Chair.

These projects differ each year, and past Honors collaborations have included a work for solo piano to accompany a dance performance, a composition for an HCD student woodwind ensemble, and a piece for the Philharmonia Winds.

In addition to receiving a recording of the performed works, the selected composers will receive tuition remission for the Young Composers Project and individual mentoring sessions with our Graduate Composition Fellow. (Participation in YCP is not a requirement for the Composition Honors Program.)

Talent Identification Program

The University of Hartford’s Hartt School Community Division awards five scholarships for choral or instrumental ensembles per season. Students ages 6–10  who are currently enrolled in the Hartford Public School system are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Margaret Spear at 860.768.4718 or wyporek@hartford.edu to reserve a seat at our orientation.  

Eligibility and How to Apply

Upon making your reservation, applicants will be asked to gather the following materials for consideration:

  • Proof of enrollment in the Hartford Public School system.
  • Proof of residency in Hartford County.
  • A Talent Identification Program application to be
  • provided by The Hartt School Community Division.
  • A letter from a parent or guardian indicating a commitment to provide transportation to and from the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, Conn. Classes are held once or twice a week from September through June.
  • Optional: Financial application to be provided by The Hartt School Community Division.
  • Optional: Letter of reference from a public school teacher.
  • Optional: Letter from the student indicating interest in the music program.

Scholarship applicants and parent/guardian will be required to attend an orientation in June. At that time, all application documents will be due. In addition to the orientation, families will view a mini recital, and students will participate in a brief informal audition. Scholarships will be awarded by August. Priority will be given to Hartford residents and to those who demonstrate financial need.

At the close of the season in June 2019, one student will be awarded a merit-based lifetime scholarship.

Questions?

Please call the main office at 860.768.4451 or e-mail us at harttcomm@hartford.edu.

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