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​Band Parents Scholarship

Each year the West Milford Highlander Band Parents Association awards a limited number of scholarships to deserving members of the Highlander Marching Band each year.  Below and attached is information regarding the scholarship application process including the qualifications and selection requirements. Both the application and the essay must be mailed.


Please remember that the Band Parents Association awards these scholarships for the student's contributions above and beyond regular band responsibilities. The scholarship committee will carefully review all applications and essays. We will make selections according to the criteria. The decision of the scholarship committee is final.


To qualify for consideration, the student must be in good standing and meet the following requirements:

  1. Participation in the Highlander Marching Band for four years.   
    Note: Transfer students may count their participation in another high school band program.

  2. Submit (a) this application, (b) a recent picture of yourself and (c) your essay addressing:   
    “What the Highlander Band Experience Has Meant to Me.”

  3. Apply to an institution of higher learning, including a 2 or 4 year college, trade school, etc. The applicant need not be a music major to be a recipient of the Band Parents Scholarship.

Criteria for selection include:

  1. Contributions to the band above and beyond regular responsibilities expected of all members.

  2. High level of citizenship and character.

  3. Potential for continued success as indicated by high school record, personal motivation, and leadership qualities.

  4. Participation in numerous band activities and programs.


NOTE:  Financial needs, the receipt of other scholarships, grade point average, or activities outside of band are not prime considerations for choosing recipients.

Band Director Scholarship

Students have the opportunity to be selected not only for the Band Parents Scholarships, but also for the Band Director Scholarship. In addition to meeting the guidelines and criteria for the Band Parents' Scholarships, the following is the criteria that will be used in the selection of the recipient of this scholarship.


Criteria for the Band Director Scholarship

  1. Music major at an accredited four year college/university planned.

  2. Strong history of band participation and musical performance.

  3. Demonstrated musical achievement.   

  4. Competence on instrument (i.e., private lessons, sections leader, “first chair”, and so on)

  5. Service to organization.   

  6. Actions above and beyond the normal.

  7. Demonstrated attributes of caring for others.

  8. Show by example a sincere attempt to exemplify the “Guiding Principles.”   
    (See text of the Highlander Band Guiding Principles here.)


Note:  Application must be returned to scholarship committee by mail, postmarked no later than the published date. No applications will be accepted after this date. Applications are to be mailed to the address indicated on the application.

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