RMF offers four kinds of scholarships to Berks County students and residents:

  1. Merit awards by audition for Berks County students in grades 1-12
  2. Need-sensitive awards for Berks County students in grades 1-12 for private music lessons and instrument upgrades (vocal awards available in grades 7-12 only)
  3. Need-sensitive awards for Berks County students to attend summer music camp (funds may be used at any summer music camp)
  4. Private study awards for adults who wish to study organ, folk music (acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, etc.), or early instruments (recorder, harpsichord, harp, etc.)


Auditions are held annually, with auditions for 2019 scheduled for Saturday, March 23; and Sunday, March 24 for Berks County students. Awards are available in nearly every instrument discipline for all applicable ages, and also include college tuition scholarships for high school seniors looking to enroll in college as a music major. Please download our Scholarship Directory for complete listing of available awards and guidelines.

Merit applications must be complete and submitted by Friday, January 25, 2019, to be considered for the 2019 merit auditions.

The deadline for merit auditions is strictly enforced. Applications must be submitted via website by 11:59 PM on deadline date, delivered to RMF’s office by 5:00 PM on deadline date, or postmarked deadline date. Submitted applications should be complete (photo, music selections, accompanist name, college materials, etc.).



RMF understands that music can be expensive for families. To help students achieve success in music, need-sensitive awards were created to assist Berks County families in paying for private music lessons, summer music camp, and instrument upgrades. Families are asked to submit a paragraph that explains their financial situation, but no formal documentation is required. Examples of financial need statements may include if a family qualifies for free/reduced lunch, recent job loss, limited disposable income, etc. In most cases the family will remain responsible for some portion of the expense, which is usually the first $5.00 of each private music lesson, or some portion of an instrument upgrade or summer music camp tuition.

Applications must be complete and submitted one week prior to review meetings in order to be considered. Applications are considered complete when they include application, study essay, and teacher recommendation.  The deadline schedule for 2019 is as follows:

Submit Private Study/Instrument Upgrade Scholarships by:

Friday, February 15, 2019 (to be reviewed on Friday, February 22, 2019)

Friday, May 3, 2019 (to be reviewed on Friday, May 10, 2019)

Friday, August 2, 2019 (to be reviewed on Friday, August 9, 2019)

Friday, October 18, 2019 (to be reviewed on Friday, October 25, 2019)

Submit Summer Camp Scholarships by:

Friday, May 3, 2019 (to be reviewed on Friday, May 10, 2019)

Overview of Guidelines for RMF’s Need-Sensitive Awards