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McHenry County Music Center

800 McHenry Avenue

Suite G

Crystal Lake, IL 60014



Tel:        (815) 356-6296



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Mary E. Gardner Foundation Merit Scholarship Program

The Mary E. Gardner Education Foundation generously supports MCYO & The Academy by offering merit- based scholarships to offset the cost of orchestra tuition and lesson fees for its most dedicated young musicians. In addition to Merit Scholarship Awards, additional Junior Merit awards can be awarded to students from one of MCYO’s three Orchestras, as well as eligible students in The Academy or Chamber Ensemble program to encourage pursuit of placement in one of MCYO’s three youth orchestras. One additional scholarship will be awarded to an Academy student offering full tuition to one of MCYO’s three Orchestras. All scholarships will be awarded to students meeting criteria based on merit.


If you are a currently a student in good standing enrolled in one of MCYO’s three orchestras, The Academy or Chamber Ensemble Program and wish to be considered for a Gardner Foundation Merit Scholarship, please complete this application. Students not graduating during the 2018-19 season are eligible. Applications submitted on or before January 5, 2019 will be considered.

** The application deadline has been extended to January 19, 2019. **

Please see below for application guidelines and forms.