Precollege Scholarships

Scholarship gifts make it possible for talented young students to attend the Precollege Division at Manhattan School of Music. Since funding for qualified students is limited, these gifts are essential to our School. We strive to offer all possible opportunities to our students, regardless of their financial circumstances.

For the 2016–17 academic year, tuition for the Precollege Division is $8,750. Named scholarships are either endowed, to provide permanent support, or annual, to offer immediate aid. Scholarships may be named for the donor or in honor or memory of someone.

Establishing a Named Annual Precollege Scholarship

Annual scholarships for Precollege students may be established with a minimum gift of $2,500 and may be designated to a specific area of study. Annual funds are awarded to students until all monies in the fund are distributed, usually in a single year.

Annual named scholarships for the 2016-17 year include:

Sidney E. Frank Scholarship
The Sydney E. Frank Precollege Scholarship is awarded annually to MSM Precollege students with a financial need and demonstrating artistic excellence.

Ponsie Barclay Hillman Scholarship

The Ponsie Barclay Hillman Precollege Scholarship was created to pay tribute to Ponsie B. Hillman, an educator, an advocate, and pioneer in the civil rights and labor movements. Her life was defined by a love for education and driven by the staunch determination to share it. She passed away on June 26, 2008.

Josephine Luby Precollege Scholarship
The Josephine Luby Precollege Scholarship was created by an alumnus of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege program who loves music and wants to ensure talented students with a passion for music are able to get training at the highest level, regardless of their financial means.

Hansoree Scholarship
The Hansoree Scholarship was created to provide financial support in the Precollege Division of Manhattan School of Music to help young musicians.

Establishing a Named Endowed Precollege Scholarship

An endowed Precollege scholarship requires a minimum gift of $50,000. The principal is permanently invested and its earned income is awarded to a student as scholarship money. Earned income rates vary annually. Naming an endowed Precollege scholarship after a loved one is a meaningful tribute to a person who has enriched our lives. A named endowed scholarship (such as the existing ones below) also introduces Manhattan School of Music as well as the Precollege scholarship recipient to the legacy and life of the honoree.

Giving to an Existing Endowed Precollege Scholarship Fund

Precollege named endowed scholarships, established in honor of and with gratitude to the following distinguished faculty members and cherished friends, are given out every year in perpetuity. Additional funding for each of these named endowed scholarships increases the amount awarded to Precollege scholarship students each year.

Anonymous Jazz Precollege Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to student(s) studying jazz in the Manhattan School of Music Precollege program. Students are selected based on their artistic excellence and demonstrated financial need.

Alex Assoian Music Project Endowed Precollege Scholarship
Established in 2015 to honor the memory and gifted musician, Alex Assoian. By the young age of 23, Alex was already inspiring musicians of all ages across music genres to find the passion in their music and helped many gifted young musicians achieve their musical aspirations. Please visit to learn more. This scholarship is awarded annually to one or more Precollege cellists.

Dr. Michelle Solarz August Precollege Endowed Scholarship
Created to honor the memory of the late Dr. Michelle Solarz August, a gifted pianist, this scholarship is awarded annually to a piano student of high artistic talent and demonstrated financial need.

Karen Beardsley and Maitland Peters Endowed Precollege Voice Scholarship

Established in honor of these distinguished and cherished Precollege faculty members.

Jordan Berk Endowed Scholarship
The Jordan Berk Endowed Scholarship was created to honor the legacy of Manhattan School of Music Precollege and College alumnus Jordan Berk. Jordan was an aspiring saxophonist studying with professor Paul Cohen when he was tragically taken away from us at the age of 22. This scholarship is awarded annually to a Precollege saxophonist or woodwind player.

Matilda Cascio Endowed Precollege Scholarship
The Matilda Cascio Endowed Precollege Scholarship was established in 2015 to honor Matilda (Mattie) Cascio. She was involved in music throughout her life and loved teaching piano to children. She taught at the Manhattan School of Music for many years and was also an alumnus. Mattie had fond memories of the Manhattan School of Music and always spoke of her days there with a smile.

Cuker/Stern Endowed Precollege Scholarship
Established in 2014, the Cuker/Stern Endowed Precollege Scholarship honors the legacy of Harold B. and Ruth (Cuker) Stern. This award is given annually to a string, piano, or woodwind player of high artistic merit and demonstrated financial need.

Marion Feldman Endowed Precollege Cello Scholarship
Created in 1998 to celebrate faculty member Marion Feldman, master cellist and pedagogue. The Feldman Scholarship is given to one or more Precollege cellists every year.

Dianne Danese Flagello Endowed Precollege Scholarship (all disciplines)
Created in honor of Dianne Flagello, beloved Director of the Precollege Division for 25 years, on the occasion of her retirement from Manhattan School of Music. The Flagello Scholarship is awarded annually to students on any instrument.

Dorothy Hales Gary Scholarship
The Dorothy Hales Gary Scholarship was created to help ensure young musicians are able to reach their full potential. Mrs. Gary's legacy of ensuring the continuing musical education of musically talented and financially deserving young people lives through this scholarship.

Elva Van Gelder Memorial Piano Scholarship
Established in 1979 to honor the legacy of Elva van Gelder. Elva was a brilliant pianist and student of the illustrious teacher Solomon Mikowsky. It is awarded annually to a pianist in the Precollege program of Manhattan School of Music.

Rosetta Goodkind Endowed Precollege Piano Scholarship
Created to commemorate esteemed piano pedagogue Rosetta Goodkind, a teacher in the Precollege Division for 37 years, who passed away in July 2011. The Goodkind Scholarship is awarded to one or two Precollege pianists every year.

Andrew Goodman Memorial Precollege Endowed Scholarship
The Andrew Goodman Memorial Precollege Scholarship Fund was created to honor Andrew Goodman a former precollege clarinetist who was killed while supporting civil rights at the age of twenty while he was working on the “Freedom Summer” project of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to register individuals from the African American community to vote in Mississippi. This scholarship celebrates his memory and work, his commitment to equality and opportunity for all, and his personal connection to Manhattan School of Music as a clarinet student in the Precollege program at MSM.

Constance Keene Endowed Precollege Piano Scholarship
Established in 2011 in memory of Constance Keene, a beloved member of the piano faculty who taught at Manhattan School of Music from 1969 to 2005. This scholarship is awarded to a pianist annually.

Patinka Kopec Endowed Precollege Violin Scholarship
Established in 2012 in honor of the pedagogical excellence of violinist Patinka Kopec. The Kopec Scholarship is given to one or more Precollege violinists every year.

Mary B. Lenom Scholarship
Awarded annually to students of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege program demonstrating outstanding artistic excellence and financial need.

Sassa Maniotis Endowed Precollege Piano Scholarship
Sassa Maniotis was the embodiment of musical inspiration & direction. She incited a love and passion of music as the center of peoples lives. It is with great honor and respect for Ms. Maniotis that this scholarship was created by her student and Precollege faculty member Delana Thomsen.

Nana's Way Scholarship
The Nana's Way scholarship was created in to support music training opportunities at Manhattan School of Music to young people of need and talent who may be representatives from underserved populations.

Carl Owen Memorial Endowed Scholarship (all disciplines)
Established in memory of Carl Owen by his family and friends.

Precollege Parents Scholarship
The Precollege Parents Association is committed to helping students with a passion for music, regardless of financial means, have the ability to study music at the highest level. Established in 1988, this scholarship is awarded annually to a student of outstanding artistic excellence and demonstrated financial need.

Rita and Morris Relson Scholarship
Created in 1992 by Rita and Morris Relson, this scholarship is awarded annually to a young artist of outstanding talent and demonstrated financial need. Rita and Morris Relson loved music greatly and instilled a passion for music in all of their kids. This scholarship perpetuates their legacy in perpetuity.

Paul Stebbins Endowed Precollege Scholarship in Bassoon
Created in memory of the late bassoonist and educator Paul Stebbins. This scholarship pays tribute to Paul's very full and special life, which will benefit generations of talented Precollege students at Manhattan School of Music.

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Brian Dailey
Assistant Vice President for Advancement
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