The Pennsylvania - Delaware String Teachers Association

Orchestra Education Scholarship

Every June PADESTA awards our annual PADESTA Orchestra Education Scholarship to a deserving graduating high school senior who will be attending college for a degree in music education.  

The 2020-21 Orchestra Education Scholarship was awarded to Mitchell Fleischman who is attending Duquesne University for Music Education. Congratulations, Mitchell!

Scholarship Criteria

The 2021 PADESTA Orchestra Education Scholarship is available to a graduating high school senior who is a resident of Pennsylvania or Delaware. Applicants must be nominated by a PADESTA member in good standing, and the applicant must be accepted to an accredited collegiate program with a declared major in music education (or a dual major including music education). Applicants should be active members of their high school orchestra, or a community or youth orchestra if no school orchestra program exists.

Application Procedures

Download the application by clicking this link. Print and fill out the application, and submit all required items (originals) as one complete application packet to:

Sarah Miller, PADESTA President-Elect
Seneca Valley School District Academy of Choice
126 Seneca School Road
Harmony, PA 16037
or submit your application here.


Upon review of all applications, one recipient of the 2021 PADESTA Orchestra Education Scholarship will be awarded $1,000.00 (made payable to the recipient’s college or university).

2020 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Jaime Soutos from B. Reed Henderson High School who was selected as the 2019-20 Scholarship Award Recipient!

Jaime recently graduated from B. Reed Henderson High School in the West Chester Area School District. She has been a member of a number of high school ensembles including: String Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, West Chester Area School District Senior Strings, and others. In addition, she has been a member of the Chester County Youth Orchestra and Philadelphia Sinfonia. In the Fall she will be attending Penn State University to study Music Education with a viola concentration.

Past Scholarship Recipients   

2020––Jaime Soutos 
2019––Amaya Williams
2018––Sarah Bitsko
2017––Not awarded (no applications received)
2016––Erin Marshall

2015––Emily Ho
2014––Blair Cunningham
2013––Elijah Green
2012––Not awarded (no applications received)
2011––Brahmii Lagrutta
2010––Angela Richards
2009––Not awarded (no applications received)
2008––Sarah Herb
2007––Andrew L. Jones