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    Steven J. Finkel Service Excellence Scholarship

    Offered by Music Forward Foundation

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated May 16, 2024
    1 award worth

    $10,000

    Grade level

    College Students

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    March 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you a current, full-time undergraduate student pursuing a career in live entertainment (eligible fields of study include music business management, customer service, hospitality, etc.)? If so, the Steven J. Finkel Service Excellence Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $10,000 to one (1) full-time undergraduate student seeking a career within the live entertainment industry. To be considered for the scholarship, interested students must submit a copy of their college transcript, a resume/CV, proof of enrollment, two letters of recommendation, and a 500-word essay “proposing innovative customer service ideas for the live entertainment business.” If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

    About Music Forward Foundation

    Music Forward was first established in 1993 as the International House of Blues Foundation (IHOBF). The founders of House of Blues envisioned IHOBF as a charitable arm that they could use to bring the arts to schools and communities through programs that promoted cultural understanding, encouraged creative expression, and manifested their core belief of Unity In Diversity. The organization officially changed its legal name to House of Blues Music Forward Foundation in 2014, and later shortened its moniker to Music Forward to help the public understand its role as an independent 501(c)(3) provider of direct services for youth. For 30 years, Music Forward has impacted over 1,000,000 young lives and invested more than $42 million towards providing transformational music opportunities to youth from under-represented communities.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    College Students

    Minimum GPA

    3

    Academic Interest

    Food Service/Hospitality, Hospitality Management

    Miscellaneous

    Applicants must be pursuing a career in live entertainment (eligible fields of study include music business management, customer service, hospitality, etc.).

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, submit the below application materials before the deadline.

    500-word essay

    Proof of enrollment

    Academic transcript

    Resume or CV

    Letters of Recommendation

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Music Forward Foundation at [email protected].

    Is this scholarship renewable?

    No, the Steven J. Finkel Service Excellence Scholarship is not renewable.

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

    For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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