Financial Aid is offered to families with low incomes or special needs through grants from the Laura Jane Musser Fund; the Minnesota State Arts Board; Five Wings Arts Council; Mille Band of Ojibwe; Pine Country Bank; Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union; and private donations. You may call and request a form or stop into the office. Financial aid will pay half the cost of the tuition.
Laura Jane Musser Merit Scholarships
Each year the Laura Jane Musser Fund sponsors 10 merit scholarships. These $100 scholarships are applied to the tuition of the students who win. To audition for the scholarship, the students must apply through their teacher. The student will perform two contrasting, memorized pieces for a judge at a scheduled audition time (usually in November). Students of any level may apply for the scholarship, they will be judged at their level of ability.
Arley & Naomi Lyseng Music Scholarship
This scholarship was donated by the Greg and Vickie Spofford family in honor of Vickie's parents who were both lifelong music educators and supporters. The scholarship will be offered to students who show a real dedication to music and have a financial need for assistance in paying their tuition. Scholarships will be offered to students on the recommendation of their teachers.
Sister Justina Bieganek Scholarship
This scholarship was established by family members, friends, and fans of Sister Justina in honor of her 75th Anniversary as a Franciscan Sister. Sister Justina has worked at St. Francis Music Center since its beginnings in 1979 and is still active in the Center. One scholarship will be awarded each year to a student who exemplifies many of the traits of Sister Justina based on recommendations of the teachers.
Guy A. Christiansen Scholarship
This scholarship was donated by the family of Guy A. Christiansen to honor his memory and lifelong love of music. The scholarship will be offered to guitar and bowed string students who have a need for financial assistance and have demonstrated dedication to their craft. Students will become eligible for the award based upon recommendations of their teachers.
Samuel Vorderbruggen Scholarship
Sam Vorderbruggen taught drums and guitar at St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, during the 2010-2011 school year but passed away on June 23, 2011. Music was Sam’s passion. He was a great musician, always learning, always playing, always sharing. In addition, he also had a wonderful knack for teaching. Sam truly cared about each student; he wanted everyone to find their talent and discover the joy that music can bring to each life. Sam was a musician, philosopher, practicer of peace, had a wonderful sense of humor, and was a friend to all. The Music Center staff has now established a scholarship in honor of their co-worker and friend.