Uptown Music Collective awards scholarships

PHOTO PROVIDED 2017-18 Uptown Music Collective scholarship recipients are shown with scholarship donors and stewards at the awarding ceremony on Aug. 15.

Recently, 11 Uptown Music Collective students were awarded scholarships for the 2017-18 school year, totaling a value of $13,500. Funding for the scholarships was made possible through community donations, including both individual and corporate donors. Of the scholarships awarded, eight were for the full year and three were partial scholarships.

The Uptown Music Collective has stood by a policy of never turning away a deserving student due to financial reasons since its founding in 2000. To live up to its policy, teachers from the school would take students in need as pro bono students, or the school would cover the expenses of the student’s lessons.

In 2009 the Collective offered its first scholarship, The Alice Hileman Memorial Scholarship, which was created and funded by an anonymous donor. That scholarship was followed by the Lew Gilberti Memorial Scholarship, created by family and friends in memory of local the businessman/musician. The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania are the stewards of the Gilberti scholarship.

For the coming year, the Uptown Music Collective has quintupled its scholarship offerings and formalized a new sliding scale discount rate to allow it to help even more students in need. Aside from the community donations, the financial aid offered in the coming year is the result of the school’s Scholarship Fundraising Concert held in January at the Community Arts Center.

“Our scholarship program grew leaps and bound over the past year,” said Jared Mondell, UMC assistant executive director. “We are so incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support this program has received. We plan to continue to grow this program in the coming years with the goal of being able to help as many current and potential students that may need assistance.”

The 2017-18 scholarship winners include Alexis Carnevale, Stephanie Nappi and Sophia Pinksy who were awarded the three partial scholarships from The Brickyard Restaurant and Ale House and The Stonehouse Wood Fired Pizza and Pasteria. Laura Rider and Molly Chapman were awarded two full scholarships from the Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships. Shayne Williams and David Montis were awarded two full scholarships from River Valley Transit. Gage Avery was awarded the Colonel’s Community Scholarship, a full scholarship from the local Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Loyalsock Township. David Chubirka was awarded the Uptown Music Collective Staff Scholarship. Ashlyn Bird received the Lew Gilberti Memorial Scholarship and Aleah Moko-Saunders received the Alice Hileman Memorial Scholarship.

While the school is dedicated to providing a well-rounded education to students of all ages, it focuses many of its programs on students 10 to 18 years old.

There is no previous experience needed to begin enrollment at the Collective. The Collective will begin its fall semester on Tuesday. There are openings for students of all levels who are looking for private instruction as well as looking to participate in the school’s classes and workshops.

For more information, call 570-329-0888 or visit www.uptownmusic.org.