Instrument Rental Assistance Program

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Instrument Rental Assistance Program

SAWS offers several merit-based and need-based scholarships to help families with the costs of renting string instruments.  We have $200 scholarships available for viola or violin rentals and $400 for cello or bass rental.

Applications are due by March 15, 2022

1. Student’s teacher must be a member of SAWS with dues paid in full at the time of application.  Student’s teacher must submit a letter of recommendation here.

2. Student (or parent) must fill out and submit an online application answering all questions in sufficient detail.

3. The family must have a genuine need for financial assistance and explain that need in the form below.

4. Please rent from a local, independent shop specializing in string instruments, if you have access to one in your community.

5. First time applicants will receive priority consideration. Multiple students in the same family may apply.

6. Student must submit a video or audio recording of themselves performing a polished piece from the Suzuki repertoire (for pre-twinkle students please post a short video of a practice session showing parent and child working on pre-twinkle learning activities). YouTube video recordings are preferred. You can paste the link of your YouTube video in the form or you can email the YouTube link or mp3 recording to our Scholarship Chairman, Mary Beth Cullitan, Remember to state in the email your student’s name, piece, and composer. Recording must be received by March 15, 2022. Recipients will be notified by email after the scholarship committee has voted.

7. Funds will be distributed as a reimbursement check from SAWS. To receive funds please begin saving your instrument rental receipts after receiving notification that you will be a recipient of the award. When you have receipts totaling the amount of the award ($200 or $400) please send copies of your receipts in an email to Please put your child’s name and “SAWS Rental Assistance” in the subject line.

Click here to fill out the application form