The Pennsylvania - Delaware String Teachers Association

Orchestra Education Scholarship

Every June PADESTA awards our annual PADESTA Orchestra Education Scholarship to a deserving graduating high school senior who will be attending college for a degree in music education.  

Scholarship Criteria

The 2020 PADESTA Orchestra Education Scholarship is available to a graduating high school senior who is a resident of Pennsylvania or Delaware. Applicants must be nominated by a PADESTA member in good standing, and the applicant must be accepted to an accredited collegiate program with a declared major in music education (or a dual major including music education). Applicants should be active members of their high school orchestra, or a community or youth orchestra if no school orchestra program exists.

Application Procedures

Download the application by clicking this link. Print and fill out the application, and submit all required items (originals) as one complete application packet to:

Dr. Jeffrey Tedford, PADESTA President-Elect
Grove City College
100 Campus Drive
Grove City, PA 16127
or submit your application here.


Upon review of all applications, one recipient of the 2020 PADESTA Orchestra Education Scholarship will be awarded $1,000.00 (made payable to the recipient’s college or university).

2019 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Amaya Williams from Hempfield High School who was selected as the 2018-19 Scholarship Award Recipient!  

Amaya Williams recently graduated from Hempfield High School in Landisville, PA. She has been a member of a number of high school ensembles including: Symphony Strings, Concert Strings, Hempfield Singers, Chamber Singers, and others. In addition, she has been a member of the Lancaster Youth Symphony and Allegretto Chamber Orchestra. She has been active as a musician in her church through orchestra and choir offerings throughout the years. In the Fall she will be attending Duquesne University to study Music Education with a violin concentration.

Past Scholarship Recipients   

2019––Amaya Williams
2018––Sarah Bitsko
2017––Not awarded (no applications received)
2016––Erin Marshall

2015––Emily Ho
2014––Blair Cunningham
2013––Elijah Green
2012––Not awarded (no applications received)
2011––Brahmii Lagrutta
2010––Angela Richards
2009––Not awarded (no applications received)
2008––Sarah Herb
2007––Andrew L. Jones