The Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship provides college tuition assistance to young string instrument players who are preparing for careers in classical music.

The scholarship awards are limited to the amount of the annual tuition to be charged by the school, college, university, or music teacher of the recipient’s choice, not to exceed $3,000 per recipient. As of 2021, 133 scholarships totaling more than $99,000 had been awarded by the foundation to 72 different students.

The scholarship was formerly associated under the auspices of The Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship Foundation from 1985 to 2021, and now resides under the management of Musical Bridges Around the World. The previously-named foundation was formed by John Pledge with proceeds from the estates of his sister, Genevieve Pledge, and of Lois Colburn, both former members of the San Antonio Symphony, for the purpose of offering tuition aid to string players residing in Texas who are preparing for careers in classical music. The first annual Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship auditions were held in San Antonio on June 2, 1986, and the original foundation officers were Shirley Frederic, president; Robert Danielson, William Moore, and Barbara Faught, vice-presidents; Joycelyn Rudeloff, secretary; and John Pledge, treasurer.

2023-24 Scholarship Recipients

Matthew Averyt


Abigail Dickson



Samuel Igbo



Turner Rey



Eligibility, Application & Audition

Key Dates 

  • Application and Video Audition Period: 15 May – 30 June 2024
  • Scholarship recipients chosen and notified: July 2024


  • Applicants for financial aid must be music students pursuing the studies of a bowed string instrument (specifically violin, viola, cello, or double bass) in classical music at any nationally recognized music school, college, or university, or be studying with any nationally recognized music teacher, and have the intention of becoming a professional performing musician.
  • Applicants must be bona fide residents of Greater San Antonio (counties include Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, Wilson) on the date of making application and for a period of at least six (6) months prior thereto, or prior to having entered a music school, college, or university, if attending an out-of-state institution at the time of making such application.

Application & Audition Submission Process

Applications are handled through the ACCEPTD application platform. The Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship does NOT conduct live auditions. All auditions are screened through video recordings as a part of the online application process.

To read the full list of submission guidelines and apply

  1. Visit our ACCEPTD page.
  2. “Select Program” under “Start an Application” box. Select “Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship”.
  3.  Read and prepare all application submission materials.
  4. Once applications have opened, click “Apply for Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship under the “Start an Application” box to begin your application.

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