NC-ASTA Scholarship

Congratulations to our recent NC-ASTA College Scholarship Winner: Dixie Ortiz

Dixie Ortiz

Dixie Ortiz was an undergraduate music education student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been playing violin since 5th grade, and music has changed her life. As an educator and violinist, she aspires to increase access to high quality string instruction for all students, regardless of race and socioeconomic status. Dixie is inspired greatly by years of guidance from her teachers and professors, and endeavors to play the same role for her current and future students. She has recently won the Strings Magazine Edith Eisler Scholarship, and her research study, Near Peer Mentorship as a Model for Private Music Instruction, placed 3rd in the Arts and Humanities category at UNCG’s 12th Annual Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo.

Apply Now for our 2020 Scholarship:

NC-ASTA Scholarship Guidelines:
The North Carolina American String Teachers Association String Education Scholarship
has been established to encourage pre-service string teachers to become professionally active through our state service organization, NC-ASTA. The scholarship will be awarded to one college junior or senior scheduled to student teach in the spring or fall of the following year.

Eligible applicants must play a string instrument and currently be enrolled in a music education program at an accredited North Carolina College or University.

The recipient of this award will receive $500.00 towards tuition to offset the costs incurred during student teaching as well as a one-year student membership to ASTA.

To be eligible for this one-year award, applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Be scheduled to student teach in the fall or spring of the following school year.
2. Play a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass, harp, or guitar).
3. Be enrolled in a North Carolina College or University music education program.
4. Secure a recommendation letter from a member of the American String Teachers
5. Be a current student member of NC-ASTA.
6. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher (on a 4-point scale).
7. Submit a digital recording (This recording may be of two contrasting selections totaling no more than 15 minutes in length).
8. Complete online Application and submit a two-page essay explaining your philosophy of music education and why string education is important?

All questions & application materials should be emailed to:
Amanda Turner, NC-ASTA scholarship chair – 

Applications must be received no later than Sept. 1, 2020. Recommendation letters may be submitted with the application, or emailed directly to Mrs. Turner.