Special Scholarships

One of OKYO's Core Values is that music is for everyone! Our Team and Board of Directors desire that no student or family walk away from Oklahoma Youth Orchestras due to financial hardship. We fundraise year-round to be able to provide scholarships for families in need. If you are unsure whether or not your family is eligible for a scholarship, please contact Executive Director Kris Markes.

Criteria for Awarding Scholarships

Special scholarships will be granted based upon availability of funds, demonstrated financial/family need, and level of commitment expressed by the student. Assistance will only be given in the form of credit toward membership dues. Trip expenses, rentals, merchandise, and fees are not included.
We strongly encourage any student or family with financial concerns to reach out to our Conductors or Support Team - we are here to help and want to remove barriers for students wishing to join OKYO.

Additional Scholarships

Students in Festival Strings, Festival Winds, and Studio Rockestra (formerly Rockin' Strings) are also eligible for Special Scholarships. For a simplified version of the process, instead of filling out the online application linked below, families are encouraged to speak with their ensemble Conductor and our Executive Director to share your family's situation. The most common cases where Special Scholarships for these ensembles are requested and awarded are for families with students who are eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced-price meals program.

Special Scholarship Application

CLICK HERE to download a copy of our Special Scholarship application. When you have your application ready, email it to Program Manager Francisco Venegas at francisco@okyomusic.org

Special Scholarship application deadlines:

  • August 27th – Regular season auditioned ensembles scholarship applications due

  • October 15th – Festival Strings, Festival Winds, and Studio Rockestra scholarship requests due

  • Other non-traditional enrollment – 30 days from enrollment

*Application deadlines listed above are for the 2021-22 Season.*​