Tuition Assistance and Scholarships

As a non-profit community music school, South Shore Conservatory has at the heart of its mission a goal to provide Tuition Assistance for children whose families can document financial need. (There are also limited funds for adults). Students receiving Tuition Assistance should show exemplary attendance and a consistent commitment to their lessons/program.

How to apply:

Private lesson students:
For new or returning students seeking to apply for tuition assistance, please email SSC Tuition Assistance Manager, Jessica Wilcox;
you may also reach her by phone at 781-749-7565, ext. 37.

Tuition Assistance Online Application

Tuition Assistance deadlines are as follows:
Regular Tuition:
Summer semester – May 15
Fall semester – July 15
Spring semester – December 15

Named Scholarships

South Shore Conservatory is grateful to many generous donors who underwrite scholarships for SSC students. SSC is fortunate to have generous donors who have established several named scholarships for our students in memory and honor of loved ones. Current named scholarships include:

Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers at South Shore Conservatory

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 two 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 14-month period of time. The Future Rockers program begins in April 2016 and continues through the end of June 2017. Students should be freshmen, sophomores or juniors in high school. Since the program continues through the end of spring 2017, applications from current high school seniors cannot be considered.

 The SSC Future Rockers band will debut at the second annual Dave Jodka Mad Love Music Festival on October 9, 2016 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 at the Conservatory’s Duxbury campus, at 64 St. George Street, starting April 2016. After coaching from specialists in a variety of areas including individual instrument and vocal coaching, sound equipment training, branding and marketing training and more, the SSC Future Rockers band will perform under the SSC and Future Rockers banner at local venues both independently and with support from a coach.

 To apply:

·         Submit a two minute performance video featuring you playing your instrument(s) and/or singing to by 
April 15, 2016

·         Complete the FORM and return it to SSC with a guardian’s signature

·         Call backs will be TBD and coaching TBD at SSC’s Duxbury campus from 5:30 pm – 7 pm. Coaching will continue through the summer (with some flexibility). 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 45-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. More information>>

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. To apply, applicants must enter the Soderberg Voice Competition (March), complete an Application for the Westerbeke Scholarship (available from the Voice Department Chair) and write an essay. In addition, the applicant’s teacher must provide a recommendation. 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. The award will be based upon the student essay, teacher recommendation, financial need and judges’ scores. Because the award is for the academic year following the Voice Competition, high school seniors are not eligible. More information>>

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. More information>>

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. More information>>

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. More information>>

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. More information>>

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. More information>>

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