The Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship Foundation
Mrs. Joycelyn Rudeloff, Co-Founder and President Emeritus

The Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit, equal opportunity foundation approved by the Internal Revenue Service for the purpose of providing music scholarships to talented, needy music students. All gifts and bequests to the Foundation are tax-exempt.

Applicants for financial aid must be music students pursuing the studies of a bowed string instrument (specifically violin, viola, cello, or double bass) in classical music at any nationally recognized music school, college, or university, or be studying with any nationally recognized music teacher, and have the intention of becoming a professional performing musician.

Applicants must be bona fide residents of the state of Texas on the date of making application and for a period of at least six (6) months prior thereto, or prior to having entered a music school, college, or university, if attending an out-of-state institution at the time of making such application.

Annual awards will be made on the basis of auditions and the materials submitted by each applicant, as well as on the basis of financial need. Auditions will be held in San Antonio, Texas, before a panel of professional performing musicians.

Contestants must play contrasting selections displaying tone and technique, choosing from two different works from different style periods, for example, Mozart and Prokofiev, or Bach and Beethoven; they need not be accompanied nor memorized. A copy of your music must be given to the audition committee. If you choose not to memorize your selections, please be sure to have your music available to yourself as well. There will be approximately 15 minutes playing time given to each contestant. Awards will be limited to the amount of the annual tuition to be charged by the school, college, university, or music teacher of the recipient's choice, not to exceed $3,000. All decisions of the judges will be final.

In addition to the completed application form, the following materials must be submitted to the Foundation:
      1. A letter in which you outline your musical background and express your professional aspirations.
      2. A one-page resume of your musical studies and activities, including recitals given, competitions entered, honors received, etc.
      3. A list of repertoire studied and works that you have performed in public or before a panel of judges or teachers.
      4. Two confidential letters of recommendation from individuals competent to evaluate your musical ability.
      5. Application form (Deadline is extended to April 30.)
      6. Financial need worksheet

The application and supporting materials must be received by April 30 of the current year in order to be considered for the next audition, which will be held in San Antonio, Texas, in early to mid-June. No recordings, no videos, no requests for rescheduling, no exceptions to any rules will be allowed. No materials will be accepted after the April 30 deadline. Travel and related expenses will be the responsibility of the applicant.

During the audition, only the audition committee, applicant, and accompanist (if any) will be present. Family members, friends, teachers, etc. must stay in the waiting area. Awards are sent directly to the music school, college, or music teacher of the recipient's choice, or will be held by the Foundation in a special non-interest-bearing account until such recipient is successfully enrolled in such institution or is studying under such music teacher.

Completed application and all supporting materials should be:
       scanned and attached to an email to Colburn-Pledge (preferred)
            (Write "Colburn-Pledge application" in the subject line)
  OR mailed to:
      The Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship Foundation
      c/o Aimee Lopez, secretary
      411 Devonshire Dr
      San Antonio TX 78209