Merit-based Scholarships


Central Virginia Music Educators Scholarship

The Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia (YOCVA) is pleased to announce the CVME’s scholarship.  This program provides full tuition to young musicians from local area schools and gives them the opportunity to perform with one of our full-symphony orchestras or advanced instrument ensembles.

Eligible students cannot be current members of any YOCVA orchestra or ensemble and should be participating in their school-based music program.


The pool of possible applicants includes music students, between ages of 8 and 18, who reside in the city of Charlottesville or the surrounding counties (Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, or Rockingham) and municipalities. Nomination of a student must be made by the student’s music director/teacher. Only one student per school (public or private) may be nominated for the current season. However, if a school has both a band and string orchestra program, one string and one wind/brass student may be nominated from the same school.


Students who are nominated and then successfully audition into an orchestra or ensemble will receive a full-tuition scholarship for the upcoming performance season. The scholarship will be named for the student’s school, and the awarding of the scholarship will featured in concert programs and on our website. Participation in a YOCVA orchestra/ensemble is meant to supplement a young student’s musical education and enrich their experience in their school-based programs, not replace it.


Audition for placement in our organization is required. Nominated students must audition on an instrument that is included in our regular orchestra repertoire. Auditions are typically held in late spring of the current season, and regular YOCVA auditions rules and requirements apply.  If accepted, the student must participate for the full concert season.


The scholarship is awarded for one full concert season. If financial assistance is needed for membership in subsequent years, the student or parents can apply for need-based assistance.

How to Apply

1. Download a CVME Application Form.

2. GIve this form to the nominating teacher/educator to complete. 

3.  Schedule an audition with the consent of your parent/guardian.

4. Mail completed nomination form to:


Attn: CVME Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 4845
Charlottesville, VA 22905

(You may also scan completed form and email to

An email confirmation will be sent to you when we receive your nomination form.

Deadline (for the 2018-2019 season)

All nominations must be received by Monday, May 21, 2018.   You must schedule a spring audition which will take place May 29th, 30th, or May 31st. Notification of scholarship award will occur in June 2018. 

You may direct all scholarship-related questions to