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Stella Sheppard Scholarships Open for Applications

19 December 2017

Disability Music Scholarship transforms lives

The Stella Sheppard Memorial Scholarship is a physical disability scholarship awarded through Central Coast Conservatorium to enable its recipient to study music at the Conservatorium. It is designed to aid and encourage its recipient to reach his or her personal potential.

Funding for the Scholarship is provided by Beth Bolte of 4EverLearning who donates $3,000 annually towards the disability specific scholarship, allowing one student to receive a 45-minute music lesson per week during school term, with specialised attention being given to the student’s particular disability. There is also an allowance for the purchase and/or modification and maintenance of a suitable instrument as well as specialised training for the teacher available through the scholarship. Beth Bolte has a personal connection with Stella Sheppard who taught piano to her children. This legacy was born from that association and has already changed lives. In 2015 the scholarship was awarded to a young trumpet player with a vision impairment and in 2016/17 to a six-year old student with cleft palate. This student was able to take up singing with Michaele Archer to improve her speech which also had the flow on effect of improving self- confidence and breathing. Archer used a breath coordination technique based on a method founded by Swiss born Robin de Haas.

The Conservatorium is calling for applications from children and young adults with a physical disability to take up the Stella Sheppard Scholarship in 2018. The student can be a complete beginner or an accomplished musician. “This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to follow their dream of playing an instrument,” said Patrick Brennan, CEO and Artistic Director from the Conservatorium.

Central Coast Conservatorium delivers an extensive Scholarship program with over $60,000 going towards students’ music tuition fees, funded in part by the Department of Education, sponsors such as 4EverLearning, Romaine Rutnam & The Perpetual Foundation, the Allen Family, Dr John Irvine and family, the D’Arth & John L Drummond family, Pearl Beach Progress Association, Bouddi Society, Music Centre Gosford, Rotary Gosford, Central Coast Philharmonia and the New Empire Ragtime Ballroom Orchestra, as well as a number of anonymous sponsors.

Applications are now open and more information is available online or by phoning 4324 7477.

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Central Coast Conservatorium
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