The Alton Symphony Orchestra's Saint Nicholas Scholarship

The Alton Symphony Orchestra encourages you to apply for the Saint Nicholas Scholarship Program.  The funding for our Saint Nicholas Scholarship Program is provided by proceeds from the annual Alton Symphony Orchestra Trivia Night, the ASO Annual Fund, and community, corporate, and private donations. 

The Saint Nicholas Scholarship Program will be awarding one-time $250 scholarships to qualified students in need of financial assistance for private music lessons.  Applicants will be judged by their need for financial support, academic achievement, community/extracurricular involvement, and leadership.


  • U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident

  • Reside within a 125 mile radius of Alton, Illinois

  • Must be a student attending school or an accredited homeschool program, any age from 1st grade through 12th grade

  • Elementary and Middle School students must have a B grade Average. High School students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • The student must be participating in their school/school district's music ensembles or an equivalent community ensemble (to be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee upon application receipt)

The following guidelines will govern the ASO

Saint Nicholas Scholarship program:

  1. ​Only ONE application is to be submitted per applicant.

  2. The application form must be electronically submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on November 21, 2020.

  3. Your application must include a letter of recommendation from either a school district music teacher, current private lessons instructor, or the director of the student's equivalent community ensemble. Submit only one (1) letter.

  4. The recipient of the Saint Nicholas Scholarship will be notified by November 22, 2020. The recipient will also be posted on the Alton Symphony Orchestra's website ( and other promotional pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) by December 1, 2020.

  5. The scholarship award will be sent directly to the recipient's private lessons instructor of choice upon receipt of the signed and dated agreement form, which will be sent to the recipient following the Scholarship Committee's final decision.

  • If the student does not currently have a private lesson instructor, one must be procured and the Alton Symphony Orchestra must be notified by December 31, 2020.​

  • If the student stops lessons or does not continue private lessons for any reason, all lessons prepaid for by the Alton Symphony Orchestra and the scholarship will be forfeit and no refunds will be given.

   6. No previous winners will be eligible to receive the Saint Nicholas Scholarship.

Winners will be contacted by November 22, 2020 . We will ask for a picture of the student at that time to use in our advertising. We ask that this picture show the student engaging in their musical personality in some aspect (i.e. singing, playing an instrument, engaging with instructors/teachers, etc.). By accepting this scholarship, you give Alton Symphony Orchestra permission to use your image in any advertising or marketing.

Applications have closed for the season.

See all the winners of our scholarship here