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Carson Kemp Memorial Scholarship

Endowed Merit Scholarship

In the spring of 2007, the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory family lost violinist Carson Kemp. She was a vibrant and social sixteen year-old who excelled in music, academics, and sports. She shared her beautiful smile with everyone and displayed her musical talents as a member of San Diego Youth Symphony and the Philharmonia. Carson also served as the concertmaster for the University City High School orchestra.

In Carson’s memory, her mother Andrea Schwartz, established the Carson Kemp Memorial Fund to provide an annual scholarship support to a student in the Youth Symphony who mirrors Carson’s range of interests and outgoing personality. Carson’s mother and San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory wish to thank everyone who helped establish this scholarship.

The Carson Kemp Tuition Assistance Scholarship was subsequently established to provide needs-based support to an aspiring SDYS student.


Recipients of the Carson Kemp Memorial Scholarship:

Petunia Rizo - 2021Rachel Hsieh – 2013
Naohiro (Nao) Nadahara - 2020Marisa Neinberg - 2012
Ellen Lozada - 2019Jennifer Chang – 2011
Amanda Martin – 2018Julia Schorn – 2010
Isabel Garcia – 2017Diane Jeon – 2009
Christian Gonzales – 2016Lauren Swann – 2008
Jiayue Li – 2015Janet Jeong – 2007
Oscar Tapia - 2014

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