Jump Start Scholarship

Jump Start Scholarship (for NON-YOBC members only)


  • To provide resources for the study of music to students with demonstrated financial need who are not currently YOBC members.
  • To provide a pathway to YOBC membership for students who lack the financial resources to meet eligibility requirements.

Types of Assistance:

YOBC’s Jump Start Scholarship is a need-based scholarship that may provide assistance with one or more of the following components of music study:

  • Up to one year of free music lessons on your instrument
  • Access to a musical instrument if needed


  • Open to all students in grades 3 through 10 (at the time of the application).
  • Students must participate in their school’s performance music program (if available).
  • Students and their families must demonstrate financial need and a commitment to the study of music.

Application Requirements:

  • Student Letter – Student must write a letter briefly explaining their motivation for applying for the scholarship and their goals should they be selected.
  • Parent Letter – The parent/guardian must provide a letter stating why they believe that their child would benefit from this scholarship and stating their commitment to help the student comply with the requirements of the scholarship.
  • Teacher Recommendation – Students must obtain at least one letter from their school music director or another teacher who can recommend them for their level of commitment.
  • Tax Returns – The parent/guardian may be asked to provide YOBC with a confidential copy of the family’s prior-year federal tax return to demonstrate financial need.
Application Deadline – Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Student Commitment:

  • Student must faithfully attend and prepare for lessons.
  • Student must notify the private teacher if they are unable to make the scheduled lesson.

Selection Criteria:

  • Strength of the applicant (based on our assessment of need and benefit from the scholarship’s assets and student’s motivation).
  • Written recommendations provided by the parent/guardian and the music professionals.


YOBC will receive updates on the student’s progress from the private instructor and/or the school music director.


Selection of an appropriate teacher to provide music lessons is at the sole discretion of YOBC.

APPLY for the JUMP START Scholarship.