Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS

SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

   

 

Scholarship Recipients

2022

Amy Hwang
Amy Hwang
Harvard University

Driven to share her music with others, Amy Hwang (West Friendship, MD) founded Do Re Mi Project, an international non-profit organization that strives to make music education more accessible to communities by connecting high school students with pupils in elementary and middle schools. Since its founding, Do Re Mi has amassed over 1,000 members; providing 10,000 online music lessons and $4,000 in music scholarships to kids from 37 states and ten countries. Hwang has been accepted to Harvard University and hopes to enroll in the dual degree program where she will major in Business and Music.

 

"I am beyond grateful to be a recipient of the 2022 Musicians Making a Difference Scholarship,” says Amy. “The scholarship will be invaluable in paying for my college and conservatory education and allow me to focus on becoming a better musician and person. Thank you so much to Pearl Drums for supporting musicians who are passionate about giving back to their community!"

Larissa Yee
Larissa Yee
University of California, Berkeley

As a high school junior, Larissa Yee (Sacramento, CA) created Students in Harmony, a student-run organization that performs seasonally for patients in local hospitals. For Larissa, the organization is a way to return the love and generosity her family received when they immigrated to the United States. Larissa will be attending the University of California, Berkeley where she plans to major in Cognitive Science.

 

“I am honored and beyond grateful to be selected as a recipient of the Musicians Making a Difference Scholarship,” says Larissa. “Music has been an important part of my life since I began learning the violin in first grade, and as I begin college at the University of California, Berkeley this Fall, I plan on staying involved in musical ensembles and student organizations.”

2021

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.