Annual Scholarship Fund

In seeking to fulfill Birch Creek's educational mission, one of our highest priorities is building and maintaining a strong Financial Aid program through Scholarships. In 2013, more than $75,000 was awarded in scholarships to needy and worthy students annually, directly supporting 38.5% of the student body.

General Scholarships

Unrestricted gifts in any amount are welcome.

Named Scholarships

A gift of $2,000 names an annual scholarship as the donor chooses; e.g., "The John Smith Foundation Scholar." Birch Creek makes every effort for the donor to meet and get acquainted with the recipient of their scholarship during the student's two weeks at Birch Creek.

Restricted Scholarships

Gifts in this category are designated by the donor for a specific instrument, session, geographical region, or school, and can be for any amount.

A student writes:


"Next year I hope to be invited once more to compete at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington Competition in New York City and later return for my final session at Birch Creek.

"After gradution I plan to attend a university to pursue a career in music education. The assistance you offered allowed me to study with the brightest minds in my future field, educating and preparing me for an intense college and professional career.

"My fantastic experience at Birch Creek would not have been possible without your generous gift."

~ Nathan Altmann, Alto Saxophone, Jazz II, 2013