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SSC Scholarships and Financial Aid

South Shore Conservatory believes that everyone should be able to benefit from quality education in the arts regardless of financial need. We gratefully accept donations to support financial aid and scholarships that provide opportunities for students to study at SSC. SSC provides over $100,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year. These awards are made possible by charitable contributions from Conservatory friends and patrons. Please make your contribution to support scholarships and financial aid today. Thank you!



Named Scholarships

In addition, South Shore Conservatory is grateful to many generous donors who underwrite scholarships for SSC students. These scholarships have a transformational impact on the many students who receive these awards.

If you are interested in establishing a named scholarship, please contact Lorna Jane Norris, 781-749-7565, ext. 23, or Lorna Jane Norris

Current named scholarships include:

Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers at South Shore Conservatory

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South Shore Conservatory seeks student rockers, who are interested in performing in an energetic, high intensity rock band, to apply for the Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers. This quality, coached band, once established and prepared, will represent SSC in the community through public performance. The Jodka scholarship was established to enable students of all backgrounds to experience the same love of music that Dave Jodka, a rock aficionado, inspired.

 Interested applicants should possess a good mastery of their instrument/voice (at least three years of study), a true passion for working with an ensemble and performing in public, and must be willing to commit to the band for a 12-month period of time. The Future Rockers program begins in June 2017 and continues through the end of June 2018. Students should be in high school.

The SSC Future Rockers band will debut at the annual Dave Jodka Mad Love Music Festival on October 8, 2017 at South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, and perform at other local venues throughout the year.  Students must be available for coaching for 1.5 hours a week on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7 pm at the Conservatory’s Duxbury campus, at 64 St. George Street, starting on June 15, 2017. Coaching will continue through the summer (with some flexibility), culminating in a three-day intensive.

To apply:

Submit a two-minute performance video featuring you playing your instrument(s) and/or singing to and complete the FORM and return it to SSC with a guardian's signature by May 7, 2017.

If selected for a call back audition, you will be notified by email.

Please note that students outside of SSC are eligible to apply to become a member of SSC Future Rockers band.

The Foundation for Creative Achievement Piano Scholarship
The Foundation for Creative Achievement String Scholarship
The Foundation for Creative Achievement Voice Scholarship
Generously underwritten by The Foundation for Creative Achievement, these scholarships provide full-tuition assistance for piano, violin, viola, cello, bass and voice students respectively. The scholarships cover 60-minute weekly private lessons for the two semesters of the academic year and eight weeks during the summer. Awards are decided on the basis of need, interest and commitment.

Frances Kimball Westerbeke Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Frances Kimball Westerbeke, who was a dedicated Conservatory Trustee and patron, this scholarship provides full-tuition assistance for an academic year of 45-minute voice lessons at SSC. The award is presented to a student who displays vocal talent, strong commitment to singing via extra-curricular activities (at SSC, school or other organizations) and financial need.

Congratulation to Olivia Barbuto, student of Holly Jennings - the 2017 Westerbeke Scholarship winner

Curtis Family Preschool Scholarship Fund
The Curtis Family has generously established a fund that provides financial assistance for students enrolling in SSC’s preschool and kindergarten.

Linda Burns Jones Scholarship Fund for Adult Students
This scholarship fund, generously donated by Gerald S. Jones and Dorothy O’Connor in honor of Overseer and adult student Linda Burns Jones, provides financial assistance for adult students who are interested in studying at SSC.



Holly Roper Scholarship Fund
Generously donated by family and friends in memory of Holly Roper, this fund provides financial assistance for students who wish to enroll in our Creative Arts Therapies programs.

Dylan Gold Scholarship Fund
Generously donated by family and friends in memory of Dylan Gold, this fund provides financial assistance to students who wish to study Suzuki guitar at SSC.



Homer Clark Instrument Scholarship
In 2012, Margaret A. Clark donated 15 violins and four violas, hand-crafted by her late husband Homer Clark, to SSC. The Conservatory is pleased to make some of these instruments available on loan to scholarship recipients. Contact Lorna Jane Norris for more information.

Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr. Scholarship
Bill Rowell became Director of the Summer Wind Ensemble (now Summer Music Festival) in 1982, with the vision of providing "an artistic experience that would have the potential to transform the lives of young people." For almost thirty years, that is exactly what he did. The Conservatory is proud to honor Bill's invaluable contributions with the establishment of the Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr. Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a Summer Music Festival student who is planning to major in music education or performance at the college level. Gifts to the Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr. Scholarship Fund are graciously accepted.

Scituate's Emma Dwyer Awarded 2017 Rowell Scholarship

This summer, Emma, a recent Scituate High School graduate, received the Malcolm W. Rowell Scholarship, which is awarded each year to an outstanding Summer Music Festival (SMF) musician who has been an SMF participant for at least two years, and intends to pursue a music degree. This scholarship honors Rowell's deep commitment to music education, and his 23 years as SMF Music Director.

In addition to being a Scituate High School (SHS) Symphonic Band section leader for three years, and a member of the SHS Jazz Band and SHS Honors Symphonic Band for four years, Emma was also a member of the National Honor Society. While in high school she took ballet, participated in the volleyball club, and took part in a drama festival. We wish her luck as she continues her musical journey this fall.

For additional information about named scholarships, please contact Eileen Puzo at 781-749-7565 ext. 30, or