South Coast Music Together is proud to have offered scholarships to area families since 2002. We began our Scholarship Fund, with an anonymous donation, with the specification that it benefit a family with more than a couple of children; one which would find the classes cost prohibitive for their large(r) family. Since then South Coast Music Together has provided over 150 partial scholarships; to families as varied as military personnel, to single parents, to families struggling with medical issues, to those caring for children not their own, to those originally intended - larger than "typical" families. Our funding comes from yearly fund raisers and private donations. In 2014, our Scholarship Fund was named for Ryan K. Howarth. Scroll to the bottom of the the FAQ's, to learn why we feel privileged to honor Ryan's legacy in this way. If you do not see the answers to your questions here, please feel free to contact us: SouthCoastMT@verizon.net
Who may benefit from a R.K.H. Scholarship?
Anyone may benefit from a R.K.H. Scholarship, from families taking the class for the first time to families who have been part of the SCMT family for years.
Do I need to divulge personal financial information?
No, no financial data is asked for, the honor system rules here. If you request a scholarship we take you at your word that you need the assistance. Simply answer the questions on the Scholarship page and your request will be considered.
How are R.K.H. Scholarships awarded?
The questions on the R.K.H. Scholarship page are answered by the applicant and submitted to SCMT's director, Rhonda Matson, via email or USPS. Once the application has been processed the available funds are reviewed and scholarship amounts are determined. Every measure is taken to provide opportunities to all applicants, however sometimes this is fiscally not possible.
May a R.K.H. Scholarship recipient apply for subsequent scholarships?
Yes, a previous recipient is welcome to apply for a second or even third scholarship, but is asked to use the R.K.H.Scholarship Renewal Application.
Are R.K.H. Scholarships ever denied?
On occasion, yes. Unfortunately there are a few people who may have shown a lack of value in the principals of South Coast Music Together, and therefore not truly benefit from the program. It is only fair in that case to pass the scholarship along to a family that will benefit from this family, and community, music making experience. This is rare, and examples of scholarship denials are; an unwillingness on the part of an adult to participate in class, having multiple absences that are not due to a special circumstance, etc.
Who is Ryan K. Howarth? Ryan is Director, Rhonda Matson's nephew, who worked behind the scenes for SCMT, until Ryan's untimely passing, in March of 2014. Ryan was an accomplished cellist, pianist, violin player, and vocalist. He performed in musical theater productions, as well, as in string quartets, and as a wedding soloist. His love for his own nieces, and nephew, his sisters, his mom, and his very large extended family (which included oh, so many friends who were like family too!), was even greater than his love for music. He brought passion to all his endeavors, and to thank him for all he gave to SCMT, for his love of music and family, to carry on his memory, we name our Scholarship Fund in his honor.
If you have further question please do not hesitate to ask them. You may reach SCMT via the "contact us" option at the top of the page.