Scholarships for Tuition and Private Lessons

OAYO wants every child with the desire and motivation to play to be a part of our orchestras. No child will be turned away due to an inability to pay. OAYO dedicates over $30,000 per season to tuition and private lesson scholarships. One in three OAYO musicians receives a tuition scholarship. The process is sensitive and confidential.

“OAYO has helped me see a different way of thinking, but it has also helped me find music in a sense. Growing up, I didn’t really listen to music because I always found better things to do. OAYO helped me find this lost gem in my life and formulate it into my life, and now I can’t stop listening to it or playing it or studying it. It has helped me figure out who I am and what I love in life.”  –Jackson Brown, Three-Year OAYO Member and Scholarship Recipient
“The musicians I have met have been an amazing influence on my life, and have taught me so many skills and shown me who I want to be in life. Aviva and OAYO has provided me with so many opportunities and I will be forever thankful.” –Annemarie Schubert, Three-Year OAYO Member and Scholarship Recipient

Frequently Asked Questions about Scholarships and Donating

WHAT ARE OMAHA AREA YOUTH ORCHESTRA SCHOLARSHIPS?
Scholarships are awarded as a percentage of the tuition (25%, 50% or 75%) and based on financial need. The Federal Poverty guidelines are used to calculate the percentage of scholarship. For example:

• Family of 5 with an income of $45,000 qualifies for a 75% tuition scholarship
• Family of 3 with an income of $19,500 qualifies for a 75% tuition scholarship
• Family of 6 with an income of $90,000 qualifies for a 25% tuition scholarship

CAN MY SCHOLARSHIP COVER ALL OF THE TUITION?
Yes, if you receive a 75% scholarship and will volunteer three extra times during the season, then your scholarship can cover the tuition.

CAN I GET A SCHOLARSHIP TO HELP PAY FOR PRIVATE LESSONS?
Yes, OAYO has limited number of private lesson scholarships available every season that will help to cover a portion of private lesson fees. Our music director will pair you with a private lesson teacher if you do not have one already.

HOW I DO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS?
Step 1. Fill out the scholarship applications for tuition and private lessons. Make sure to fill out both applications to be considered for both scholarships.
Step 2. Mail the OAYO office a copy of the first page of your tax return for verification purposes.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY?
The priority deadline to apply is May 1st of every season. However, OAYO will accept scholarship applications year-round.

WHEN WILL SCHOLARSHIPS BE AWARDED?
Scholarships will be awarded the summer before the season begins, typically June.