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Endowed Needs Based Scholarships

We are grateful that a number of individuals and families have elected to create permanent endowments to guarantee that students needing financial assistance are able to participate  in San Diego Youth Symphony programs. These endowments provide consistent annual support for scholarships across all levels of our program. We are extremely grateful to these donors for envisioning a future where all students have the opportunity to study music no matter their background or family circumstances.

If there is a direct link to the fund you would like to support, please click that link to donate the appropriate fund. If there is not a direct link to the fund you would like to support, please click the Annual Scholarship Fund button below and note which fund you would like to support in the notes field. Thank you for your support.

Julie E. Brewer Scholarship Fund
Elaine and Stan Goff Scholarship Fund
Betty R. Hiller Memorial Scholarship Fund
Carson Kemp Tuition Assistance Scholarship
La Jolla Debutante Violin Fund
Georgia and Blair Sadler Scholarship Fund
Eleanor M. Young Cello Fund

If you prefer to donate by mail please send checks to:
San Diego Youth Symphony
1650 El Prado #207A
San Diego CA 92101

To donate by credit card over the phone please call: (619) 233-3232 x160.

If you are interested in establishing your own ongoing needs based scholarship, please contact Wade Sherman, External Relations Director at wsherman@sdys.org or (619)233-3232 x116


Betty R. Hiller Memorial Scholarship Fund

In loving memory of Betty Hiller (1925–2016)

With a heavy heart, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory announces the Betty R. Hiller Memorial Scholarship Fund. Betty had a tremendous passion for the arts and supporting young people in the pursuit of artistic excellence. Betty served on the SDYS Board of Directors for ten years. She played a vital role in garnering community support for SDYS and its young musicians over those years. Betty was of great service to many other organizations in San Diego including The San Diego Museum of Art, Mingei International Museum, Malashock Dance, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, Balboa Art Conservation Center and Planned Parenthood. Betty chaired the dining committee at Vi and attended courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of UCSD.

She made friends wherever she went and she travelled extensively. In 2015, she visited France and the Shaw Theatre Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. She was known for her taste in food, art, wine, clothing and music and for her delightful conversational style and sense of humor. She was a warmly sympathetic, enthusiastic, and engaging hostess, friend, mother and grandmother. A scholarship fund in her memory has been established for need-based students of SDYS. Each year, a student will be selected as a recipient of the Betty R. Hiller Memorial Scholarship.

Carson Kemp Tuition Assistance Scholarship

Kemp-300x214Carson believed everyone should have access to musical education. She had hoped that in her adult life she would be able to help provide access to music education for all. To honor that desire, Carson’s mother, Andrea Schwartz, has instituted a Tuition Assistance Scholarship. Andrea hopes that anyone who agrees with Carson’s vision will donate to this new scholarship fund. This scholarship will be awarded each year to deserving students. Please consider giving annually on the anniversary of Carson’s passing, April 28th.

Dr. Margaret Lake Memorial Scholarship

In loving memory of Dr. Margaret Lake (1944–2015)

Margaret Sybil Lake started out with a career in teaching and then decided to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She married Dr. Marvin Helphrey who, during her college years, would come home and stand outside the window listening to Margaret practice her violin. As soon as he entered, she would put it away, as she didn’t think she was good enough for him to hear. They had their first child during her second year of veterinary school, and Margaret wouldn’t pick up that violin for 30+ years.

As Dr. Lake got older, she once again pulled out her old violin and started taking lessons again. She soon got her old rhythm back, had
several instructors, joined a quartet and even played a duet in her summer home of Three Lakes, Wisconsin. She was always nervous, but she practiced and practiced to be the best she could.

Margaret was a season ticket holder of the San Diego Symphony, sang opera in college and enjoyed the San Diego Opera. Her many talents allowed her pursue her many dreams, and she should be an inspiration to anyone learning a new skill or new path in life. She will be missed by all that she touched. It is because of her love of learning and playing the violin that this honorarium is presented today.

The 2015 Recipient of the Dr. Margaret Lake Memorial Scholarship is Bryan Kaleta, Second Violin Principal, Symphony Orchestra.

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