D’Addario Foundation Helps Make College Possible for 10 Students

D'Addario Foundation

The D’Addario Foundation has just announced the first-ever recipients of their new College Scholarship. Ten students from Foundation grantee programs – seven of them being the first generation in their family to attend college – will be supported for four years with a scholarship that helps cover the cost of soft expenses of college such as books, transportation, and food. 

The recipients of the College Scholarships are a diverse group of students that have participated in robust instrument programs across the US including UpBeat NYCOrchKids,Rock to the FutureAll-City High School Music ProgramYoung Musicians UniteIntonation MusicPlay On Philly, and Phoenix Conservatory of Music. Scholarship recipients have been a part of these programs for an average of seven years each and most have attended every weekday after school and acted as peer mentors for younger students.

Meet the Winners:  

  • Angelis Lugo – Bronx, NY, attending Hostos Community College
  • Asia Palmer – Baltimore, MD attending The Hartt School, University of Hartford
  • Daneyra Mejia – Bronx, NY attending Villanova University
  • Ethan Chrzanowski – Philadelphia, PA, attending Community College of Philadelphia 
  • Ivana Avila – New York, NY, attending DePauw University
  • Kyle Tennyson – Miami, FL, attending Florida State University
  • MaryBeth Perez Castano –  Bronx, NY, attending TBA
  • Matthew Lewis – Chicago, IL, attending Columbia College
  • Sophia Radford – Philadelphia, PA, attending Temple University
  • Tom Cooke – Goodyear, AZ, attending Berklee College of Music

For over 30 years, the D’Addario Foundation has been dedicated to helping make it possible for kids to join & participate in music programs in their communities for as often and long as possible in their education. Offering this scholarship fund to students in Foundation-supported programs nurtures their continued success and encourages higher education to break cycles of poverty.

Scholarship recipient Asia Palmer from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program remarks, “Without music or OrchKids I probably wouldn't have the motivation to even apply to college, so I'm very grateful that both are a part of my life. I am incredibly grateful for this scholarship and it made me feel unstoppable – I now know that if I put my mind to something and work hard I will get it!” Asia will be attending The Hartt School at University of Hartford.

The D’Addario Foundation College Scholarship Fund is made possible by a generous donation from the Rita & Herbert Z. Gold Charitable Trust. To meet the recipients and donate to this fund, visit ddar.io/scholarship19

A 2x2 USB-C audio interface for macOS, iOS, and Windows, designed to kickstart any music or content creation project in the studio or on the go.

Read MoreShow less
The Hosa MPA-149 Mic Preamp provides an immediate 26dB’s of gain with a -97dBu signal-to-noise ratio, giving users a clean and immediate gain boost for louder, clearer microphone performance.
Read MoreShow less

The Deluxe Atlantic Baritone and Deluxe SS Baritone were designed to offer exceptional comfort and vivid, articulate tone—unmistakably different from most baritone offerings.

Read MoreShow less