Blackwood Scholarship Award Program
The Blackwood Scholarship Program awards scholarships to high school seniors who wish to pursue a career in musical performance and/or musical education. The program was endowed in 2000 by a generous patron and is supplemented by the proceeds of one of our annual concerts. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of musical talent, recommendations from music teachers, academic performance, a written essay and personal motivation. An annual competition is held at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, located in the Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh, which is juried by members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, professional musicians and/or professors of music from local universities. Scholarship amounts range on average from $2500 to $7000 per student. Past recepients have attended some of the most renowned schools in the country, including the Julliard School, the New England Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College, Berklee College of Music, and the Eastman School of Music. Over the past 23 years, a total of $407,500 has been awarded to 119 high school seniors eager to pursue music careers in either performance or education.