Scholarship Application

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The next deadline is July 1, 2016 for scholarships that begin in September or October 2016.


For scholarships that begin: Deadline:
May/June March 1, 2016
September/October July 1, 2016
January/February November 1, 2016

Applicants will be notified of their application status within 8 weeks of the deadline.


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, plus rock band rehearsals.  A list of our participating rock music school partners can be found on our  website at  If the school that you are interested in 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 summary (2 pages) for proof of household income. If your financial need situation has occurred during the recent calendar year, then in addition to the 1040 Tax Return summary sheets, please provide proof of current income, and a letter of explanation.

Each student must complete the essay portion of the application in their own words.

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 you can send us a link via email to  This step is NOT mandatory, though!

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

If your income is higher than $65,000 per year you may still qualify for a scholarship. We use an algorithm that factors in the number of dependents and regional cost of living.  You may also write a letter to the committee requesting that special circumstances be taken into consideration.

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 quarterly 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 four (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.  The deadlines for applications for 2016 scholarships are:

March 1, 2016
July 1, 2016
November 1, 2016

Applicants will be notified of their application status within 8 weeks of the deadline.

Application for Financial Aid

To be considered for assistance, please complete the application and attach a copy of the two top sheet 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 may be asked 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.   Please include an explanation of any unique financial circumstances in your parent statement.

Photo Waiver / Release

By completing and signing this form, you hereby grant the Rock School Scholarship Fund and its legal representatives the irrevocable right and unrestricted permission to use and publish photographs or video images of the scholarship student, for any purpose authorized by the RSSF including but not limited to: website use, editorial publications, catalog and advertising use.  This grant includes the right  to modify and retouch the images in the discretion of the RSSF.  You understand that the circulation of such materials could be worldwide and that there will be no compensation to you for this use.  Furthermore, you understand that you will not be given the opportunity to inspect or approve the finished products or the advertising copy or the printed matter that may be used in connection therewith.  In granting this permission to the RSSF and its legal representatives, you are fully and without limitation releasing it from any liability that may arise from the use of the images.


All information submitted to the RSSF in this application is kept strictly confidential and is not shared with any entity outside of the RSSF scholarship review committee.   The identities of scholarship students will not be shared or made public without parental consent.

Scholarship Terms

  • Reviews take place every 4 months.
  • Scholarships awarded during the March review will commence in May / June, and applicants will be notified of the status in April.
  • Scholarships awarded during the July review will commence in September / October, and applicants will be notified of the status in August.
  • Scholarships awarded during the November review will commence in January / February, and applicants will be notified of the status in December.
  • Scholarships will be awarded for an average of 4 months.
  • Please submit your application by the 1st of March, July or November to be considered for the 4 month scholarship term that follows.

The number of applications received may exceed the funds which are available, so qualifying for a scholarship does not necessarily guarantee that the application will be approved.

Click Here to apply online. Please note that proof of income will either need to be attached as a pdf, or faxed, emailed or mailed separately.