Beverly A. Rawles Fund for Music Education

The Beverly A. Rawles Fund for Music Education, made possible through a partnership with the Columbus Foundation, provides our District with funding for teachers and students in three areas:

  1. Student Financial Assistance
  2. Teacher Conference Assistance to attend MTNA National or State Conferences, or other Pedagogy Conferences.
  3. Private Study for Teachers

You should first contact the President to see if funds are still available. All requests will be reviewed by the Finance Committee, which will make the final decision. There are no “application forms.” Your written request, following the guidelines below, should be sent to the President, via email or postal mail.

Student Financial Assistance – Guidelines

  1. Teachers may request up to $300, but the entire amount may not be awarded.
  2. Funds are intended for a student or students in difficult circumstances.
  3. The student, 18 years and under, has studied for at least two years.
  4. The student follows assignments and has great interest in learning.
  5. There is adequate family involvement, support, and commitment to a good music education.
  6. There are extenuating circumstances resulting in stress on the family’s finances, which interfere with the best outcome for the student.
  7. The request must come from the teacher and will be paid directly to the teacher. He or she is asked to use it in an organized and systematic way as they see fit to enable the music education of this student to go forward.
  8. Once the funds are awarded, the teacher must submit a written report of how the money was spent within 60 days to the president.
  9. No application fee for MTNA members. There is a $25 application fee for non-member teachers.

The teacher should make a written request providing documentation detailing the situation. Include name and age of the student and a description of the history and circumstances. If there are reasons to protect the identity of the family, leave off last names.

Teacher Conference Assistance – Guidelines

  1. Members may request up to $200, but the entire amount may not be awarded.
  2. The teacher must make a written request, stating their reason for attending the conference.
  3. Following the conference, the teacher should send the President a brief written summary of their conference experience, highlighting what they learned.
  4. Recipients may not re-apply the following year. Preference may be given to applicants not previously receiving a grant.
  5. No application fee for MTNA members. There is a $25 application fee for non-member teachers.

Private Study for Teachers – Guidelines

  1. Members may request up to $350, but the entire amount may not be awarded.
  2. The funds are for teachers wanting to improve their playing and teaching by studying with a master teacher.
  3. Funds will be paid directly to the master teacher named in the application.
  4. The teacher must make a written request, giving an explanation as to how their study with a master teacher will enrich them.
  5. Following their study, the teacher should send the President a brief written summary of how their playing and/or teaching improved.
  6. No application fee for MTNA members. There is a $25 application fee for non-member teachers.

Updated July, 2017