Tara Winds Scholarship Foundation

The Tara Winds Scholarship Foundation was established in 1993 to share the love of music by providing funds to further music education. Since its inception, over $110,000 has been awarded to middle and high school band students to attend summer music camps and colleges.

Scholarships are awarded to middle and high school students as well as graduating seniors pursuing higher education in instrumental music. Recipients are chosen through an application process. Scholarships are recognized and awarded at the Tara Winds Spring Concert.

The Tara Winds Scholarship Foundation is funded solely by donations. To donate, click the Donate tab above to access PayPal. Please be sure to specify "Scholarship." Contributions to the Tara Winds Scholarship Foundation may be tax deductible. Tax advisors should be consulted for specific details.

2018 Application Process

Are you a middle or high school student in the state of Georgia interested in applying? Please complete the following:

  1. Complete the electronic application. All applications must be fully completed and submitted NO LATER THAN 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2018.
  2. Have your school band director complete the Scholarship Reference Form for you. Reference must be completed and submitted NO LATER THAN 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2018.
  3. Graduating Senior Applicants ONLY: After you submit your scholarship application, please submit a copy of your acceptance letter from the college you plan to attend. If you have not made a decision, please provide acceptance letters from your top choices. Email these to tarawindsscholarship@gmail.com and put your name in the subject line. These must be received NO LATER THAN 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2018.

For questions, please email tarawindsscholarship@gmail.com.

2017 Scholarship Recipients

College Scholarships (Receiving $2000 Each)

Noah Miller Tenor Saxophone South Forsyth High School Ross Armend, Band Director
Cameron Wilson Percussion Davidson Fine Arts Everett Cannady, Band Directory

High School Scholarships (Up to $500 Each)

Alexander Aull Euphonium George Walton Academy Christian Smith, Band Director
Quentell Gipson III Tuba Shiloh High School Barrett Alexander, Band Director
Derek Hornberger Trombone Fayette County High School Myra Rhoden, Band Director
Hannah Lee Oboe Lambert High School Scott McCloy, Band Director
William Rich Trumpet Lakeside High School (Evans) James Tau, Band Director
Joshua Williams Tuba Tri-Cities High School Tarik Rowland, Band Director

Middle School Scholarships (Up to $500 Each)

Jennifer Chen Tenor Saxophone Lyndon Academy Alex Yaden, Band Director
Aaron Mullins Tuba Home School Alan Fowler, Band Director

This year, $9,000 was donated for scholarships. Tara Winds appreciates the generosity of all our donors.

2017 Scholarship Donors

A special THANK YOU to the following individuals, organizations and businesses who made scholarships available to our 2017 recipients!