RSSF Scholarship Guidelines
RSSF scholarships are for children ages 7 – 17 who want to participate in an after-school “rock band” program, consisting of lessons on guitar, bass, keys, drums or vocals, and rock band rehearsals. A list of our participating rock music school partners can be found on this site. If the school that you want your child to attend does not currently participate in our program, we can contact them to see if they would like to become one of our partners. Just include the school contact information on your application form.
How do I apply?
Complete and submit your application along with a copy of your most recent 1040 tax return for proof of household income. If your financial need situation has occurred during the recent calendar year, then you may need to wait until your tax returns for the current year are completed and filed before your application can be approved.
Each student must complete the essay portion of the application.
A parent must also provide a written description of why they want their child to attend the rock school.
Additionally, we encourage you to submit a video of your child saying a few words about why they’d love to attend rock school and what music means to them. The video can be uploaded to Youtube and the link emailed to us at Apply@RockSchoolFund.org. This step is NOT mandatory, though!
The scholarship committee will review the applications and may conduct an interview with the student and his or her parent or guardian before a scholarship is granted.
Do I qualify for financial aid?
Financial aid is intended for students ages 7 – 17 who cannot otherwise pay for monthly tuition on one instrument (or vocal lessons) plus rock band rehearsals. The amount of assistance is based upon the total household income. The guidelines for financial assistance are as follows:
Annual Household Income of $35,000 or less may receive up to 100% of tuition
$35,000 to $45,000 may receive up to 75% of tuition
$45,000 to $55,000 may receive up to 50% of tuition
$55,000 to $65,000 may receive up to 25% of tuition
Annual Household Income of over $65,000 per year will not qualify for financial assistance.
Qualified candidates must know:
Students receiving financial aid are expected to attend 100% of lessons and rehearsals except due to illness. Poor attendance may result in termination of financial aid.
Candidates must demonstrate commitment to learning to play their instrument and be a contributing member of the student body. They are expected to help out around the school, and to strictly adhere to the code of conduct for the school they attend.
Parents of scholarship students are asked to volunteer up to 6 hours per month at the school, and will be asked to assist with local school fundraisers.
Scholarships will be paid directly to the Rock School on behalf of the student, and the Rock School will provide RSSF with a report on the student’s progress. A negative report from the Rock School may result in termination of financial aid.
The balance of tuition is due to the Rock School per the terms of their enrollment agreement with the student, but in general, tuition is paid monthly.
Scholarships are typically granted for 4 month terms – long enough for the student to complete a session of band rehearsals and do a live performance in front of an audience.
How do I renew my financial aid?
Financial aid must be renewed at the end of each term by submitting a new application. If a student leaves the program before their scholarship term is up, and later wishes to reapply, they may do so, but must go through the application process again. Renewal forms should be submitted 30 days before the end of the scholarship term.
Application for Financial Aid
To be considered for assistance, please complete the application and attach a copy of the two topsheet summary pages of your most recent 1040 Federal Tax Return. Proof of income for the prior year is required.
If separated or divorced, the non-custodial parent will be expected to also submit their most recent 1040 Federal Tax Return. While recognizing that divorce may create challenging situations, it is expected that all available family resources will be committed to a child’s education, from both the custodial and the non-custodial parents. The Fund will also consider the resources of a step-parent in making an award determination. However, unique or unusual circumstances will be considered.
All information submitted to the RSSF in the application is kept strictly confidential and is not shared with any entity outside of the RSSF scholarship review committee.
Applications received now will be reviewed and processed in late APRIL 2013.
The deadline for this review cycle is April 20th! Scholarships awarded in April will commence in May / June.
The next review will take place in late August, for scholarships that begin in September / October.
Another review process will occur in late December, for scholarships that commence in January / February.
Scholarships will be awarded for an average of 4 months. Please submit your application by the 20th of April, August or December to be considered for the 4 month scholarship term that follows.
Send completed forms to:
Rock School Scholarship Fund
10061 Riverside Drive #880
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
or email to:
Or Fax to 310-988-2582