Musicians Making A Difference Scholarship
2022-2023 Applications Now Closed

About the Scholarship

Pearl is proud to announce the "Musicians Making A Difference" college scholarship initiative that will award $10,000 annually in the amount of two $5,000 scholarships to high school musicians who have demonstrated the ability to change themselves, their community, and those around them. A diverse panel of Pearl staff and artists will select recipients based on the student's contributions to their community, and not their playing or vocal ability. Our objective is to reward and inspire the youth that will shape tomorrow. We look forward to the engagement and interaction with all who share our goals.



2022-2023 Eligibility

Please note, this Scholarship is intended to reward high school seniors who have made significant impacts to their community. While one's musical or vocal ability is commended, that alone will not be considered for application review.  

- Applicants must have completed high school graduation requirements in the Spring of 2022

- Applicants should be an active member of at least (1) academic or community performing ensemble in the 2022-2023 academic school year, and/or perform as an active soloist

- The scholarship opportunity is limited to United States students, only.

- Applicants must complete all scholarship material requirements by Friday, April 15, 2022.

Proof of Enrollment

Proof of college/university enrollment should be for the Fall of 2022. This may be found at your Records or Registrar’s office. Contact your school to see what documentation they have available as document names and forms may vary between institutions.

Graduating high school seniors may send a copy of their university acceptance letter if they will not have enrolled for fall courses prior to the scholarship application deadline.

Application Checklist

☑ (1) letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor, or civic leader, other than ensemble director

☑ (1) letter of recommendation from band director or music teacher

☑ Proof of GPA

☑ Personal Essay

Personal Essay Prompt:

Share with us your personal story. Describe specific ways in which you have positively impacted your community and why you believe you should be chosen for the Pearl "Musicians Making A Difference" scholarship.

If selected a winner, how will this scholarship aid in your post-graduation plans? Please include your career goals, the level of impact you have had on the community, and any challenges faced. Essays should be no more than 600 words.


Scholarship winners will be contacted and announced in June, 2022.



Past Scholarship Recipients


Isabel Michaelides
Isabel Michaelides
University of California Irvine

Isabel Michaelides (Valencia, CA) has spent much of the past year volunteering at Oakmont of Valencia Senior Center, where every Sunday she could be found performing an arrangement of 50/60s music for a full room of senior citizens. Oakmont specializes in seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, a personal impact to Isabel as both her grandparents suffer from memory loss. Having been accepted into the University of California Irvine’s Biomedical Engineering program this Fall, Isabel looks forward to participating in further research related to Alzheimer’s and Dementia, while volunteering in the local community and providing support to individuals and their families who are affected by these diseases.

Emmanuel Wade
Emmanuel Wade
Alabama A&M University

Since age 14, Emmanuel Wade (Clarksville, TN) has dedicated many years to the non-profit organization, I Am Invisible Bullying and Suicide. As an active musician, songwriter, and rapper, Emmanuel wrote a song titled, “I’m Invisible,” which is used by the organization and the community to spread encouragement and positivity to at-risk youth. To date, I Am Invisible has reached over 3,500 students ages 8-17 in middle Tennessee. In 2021, Emmanuel was awarded the City of Clarksville Mayor’s Certificate of Recognition, as well as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Clarksville Alumnae Chapter’s Academic Excellence Award. Emmanuel looks forward to attending Alabama A&M University where he plans to continue his work helping those affected by bullying and suicide.