Scholarship Application Open: January 15, 2024 - March 15, 2024

The Dorothy and Dona Lee String Music Scholarship is for students who display talent, dedication to string instruments and a serious commitment to advance in music education through a non-profit music camp. Students of harp, violin, viola, cello and string bass who are admitted to a music education program are eligible to apply.

Dorothy Croft (1910-2009) helped found the Odessa Symphony, serving as the first concertmaster. The Odessa Symphony evolved into the present Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale. In 1949, she became a charter member of the Odessa Music Teachers Association, serving as its first president. She was a founding member of the Odessa Civic Concert Association, serving intermittently as its president. She was an early supporter of the Permian Playhouse of Odessa and later of the Globe of the Great Southwest. Dorothy Croft believed that money shouldn’t stop people from chasing their dreams and taught her students multiple lessons beyond just violin.

Dona Lee Croft was an international performer from the age of fourteen, giving concerts throughout Europe, Mexico, and the USA, the last concert performed in Carnegie Hall.  A student of such eminent violinists as Nathan Milstein, Bela Katona and Ivan Galamian, she was a Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music for 20 years where her lessons were filmed by the Albeniz Foundation of Spain, then shown throughout Europe. She has recorded two CDs, the first featuring violin music of Schumann, Kreisler, Brahms, Debussy, and Vieuxtemps and the second “Violin Music of the 20th Century’.

The Dorothy and Dona Lee String Music Scholarship will provide 3 scholarships of up to $1500.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Alaska Resident
  • Applicant must be a current Middle or High School student.
  • String instrument student.
  • Applicant must be attending a non-profit music camp with an emphasis on string instruments.
  • Educational merit and financial need will be assessed equally.

Applicants will be Asked to Provide:

  • Personal Statements regarding the personal meaning music has to you
  • Current academic transcript
  • One letter of recommendation from the student’s music teacher

IMPORTANT: Scholarship recipients must submit their student ID number and program information to ACF through the online system before their award can be disbursed. If we do not receive the above information by June 30, 2024, the scholarship may not be awarded. Please contact ACF if you cannot send in the information by this date.

Contact The Alaska Community Foundation with questions: or 907-274-6710

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