The Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship

2022 Applications & Auditions Have Now Closed. Recipients Will Be Announced Soon!


In December 2021, two Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship recipients violinist Emily Averyt and cellist Matthew Averyt performed at the San Fernando Cathedral as part of the Musical Bridges Youth Holiday concert. It premieres online Sunday 24 July at 7 PM CT (UTC-5) on our website and our YouTube channel.


The Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship provides college tuition assistance to young Texas 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 currently 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.


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 the state of Texas 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.

2022 Applications & Auditions are now open from April 22 until June 1st, 2022.
The application and audition process is handled through the ACCEPTD platform, where you will also find detailed submission guidelines. Click the link below to head over to ACCEPTD, and to get started, click “Select Program” under the “Start An Application” on the upper left-hand side of the page.
NOTE: There is a one-time fee of $25 per entry.


2021 Recipients of the Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship are:

To view IRS Forms of the previously-held foundation (2015-2021), click here.