To provide educational resources for students who have been actively involved in musical performance and have financial need.


Applicants must:

- Be a college-bound student in Boone, Ogle or Winnebago County;
- Attend or plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year college/university;
- Be 19 years old or younger as of the application deadline;
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0;
- Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to further their music education and to remain actively involved in their community through music; and
- Demonstrate financial need.
- Past recipients are not eligible to reapply.

Preference will be given to students who will attend a local school such as Rock Valley College, Rockford University or Northern Illinois University, and to candidates with a physical disability.


A. Applicant must be recommended by a music teacher/instructor/conductor.

B. Applicant must submit a recorded audio or video audition of their musical performance. (See below.)

The scholarship reviewers for the Gary S. Wilmer/RAMI Scholarship will accept most digital media formats, but prefers audio CD or USB media recorded in .aiff or .wav formats. Recordings made on a phone, tablet or laptop will not display applicants’ talents to the fullest. The loss of fidelity from compressing phone, tablet or laptop recordings into MP3 (or similar formats) makes it very difficult to gauge the skill level of the performer particularly on vocals or instruments like the piano, violin or cello.

Video files are acceptable, but involve the same audio recording issues as above. Scholarship reviewers will only listen to the audio track, not see the video.
Applicants must include the following information with their recording.

• Applicants should identify the name of the piece and the composer of each recording, especially if the recording was written or improvised by the applicant.
• If the recording includes more than one musical element (piano plus vocalist, vocal duet, ensemble performance, etc.) the applicant needs to indicate which voice or voices in the recording are theirs.

The recording is a significant part of the scholarship application process. If applicants are proficient on more than one instrument (including vocals), they may include multiple recorded tracks. The five minute time limit listed in the application is a guideline and going beyond the five minute time period will not be penalized.


Considering the background and criteria of this scholarship, why are you the best candidate? Your response should demonstrate your active involvement in school or community music groups.

Deadline: February 1

Online Application


Unless otherwise noted, scholarships have a deadline of February 1 at 5 p.m.

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