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Scholarships 

Applications are due each year in February

New information is released each December

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The San Diego Mesa College Scholarship Program enables students to complete their studies, and is one of the keys to ensuring student success through financial support. Scholarships range in value from $250 – $2,500. Scholarship opportunities are available to all San Diego Mesa College returning students. 

To see the scholarships for those participating or planning to participate in San Diego Mesa College music classes,  click the photo link just below.  

Music Scholarships

Look for info on applying for the scholarships below each Dec. at this link 

Nikki Caranro Memorial Scholarship

Nicki was born in Tucson, AZ and later moved to San Diego where she helped run her father's music store and pawnshop. Nicki began playing the drums as a teenager and after graduating from Clairemont High School; she enrolled in the dance program at Mesa College. Nicki became a professional dancer and musician, and performed all over the world in musical theater, film, and dance productions. She felt honored to perform for the military on tours to Iraq, Africa, Kosovo and the Persian Gulf. In addition to her career as a performer, Nicki also was a gifted teacher of dance at Mesa College, The Academy of Performing Arts, Coronado School of the Arts, The Preuss School UCSD, and Nightingale Music. This scholarship is in memory of Nicki and her love of dance, music, and performing arts throughout her life. Nicki was a beloved sister, daughter, aunt, and friend that will live in our hearts forever. 

The scholarship was established to recognize and provide financial assistance to a deserving student who is a music, fine art or dance major.

Recipients must have:

  • Completed a minimum of 12 units at San Diego Mesa College
  • GPA of 2.75
  • Enrolled in 9 units the following fall semester
  • The scholarship be applied toward tuition for returning students.

Award: $500  -   Deadline: Each February 

Essay Questions:

1. Describe why dance or music is important in your life. 

2. Submit a well-written original essay describe why dance or music is important in your life.


 

Harvey T. Bergland Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established by Dr. Yvonne Bergland, retired Dean of Instructional Service, Resource Development and Research, in memory of her husband, Harvey T. Bergland.

The scholarship was established to recognize and provide financial assistance to a deserving student who is a music, fine art, or dance major.

Recipients must have:

  • Completed at least 24 units at San Diego Mesa College
  • Be currently enrolled in, or have completed a minimum of 12 units in Music, Fine Arts or Dance
  • Have a San Diego Mesa College GPA of at least 3.0
  • Have demonstrated community involvement

Award: $500  -  Deadline: Each February

Essay Questions:  All Applicants

  • Submit a well-written original essay about your interest and accomplishments in music, the arts, or dance. The essay should not exceed 1,000 words in length.
  • Please provide the name and email address of an individual that can give a reference for you regarding the Harvey T. Bergland Memorial scholarship opportunity.

Supplemental Questions: Choose 1 depending on your involvement in Dance, Fine Art or Music

Dance: Provide evidence of being an accomplished dancer by participating in recognized recitals and performances. This evidence may be a portfolio, posters/brochures advertising performances, etc. In addition, submit/email copies of any certificates or awards received, etc. Supporting documentation (electronic/hard copy) must be submitted to Caterina Palestini via email at cpalesti@sdccd.edu or in person at the Learning Resource Center.
 
Fine Art: Provide evidence of being an aspiring artist by participating in the fine arts. This evidence may be a portfolio, examples of recent paintings, sculpture, digital art, graphic design, etc. In addition, submit/email copies of any type of certificates or awards received. Supporting documentation (electronic/hard copy) must be submitted to Caterina Palestini via email at cpalesti@sdccd.edu or in person at the Learning Resource Center.
 
Music: Provide evidence of being an accomplished musician. This evidence may contain music played by the candidate, certificates from music teacher, etc.. Supporting documentation (electronic/hard copy) must be submitted to Caterina Palestini via email at cpalesti@sdccd.edu or in person at the Learning Resource Center.

 

Bart & Gerry Hazlett Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship named in honor and memory of Bart Hazlett, a volunteer trombonist with the San Diego Mesa College Band for many years, and for his dear wife, Gerry. The scholarship was started to honor Bart and Gerry and their great love of music and outstanding musicianship. Bart led the famous “Dixie Hasslers” for over fifty years and was featured at the Del Mar Fair Grounds for as many years. Bart played his last concert with the San Diego Mesa Jazz Ensemble just two weeks before his passing. He will never be forgotten.

The scholarship is for a student whose passion is the performing arts. A priority is for a student whose goal is to become a professional musician.

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

  • Have a financial need, defined through an essay describing their financial need
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 units the Spring Semester when applying for the scholarship
  • Have completed at least 9 units at San Diego Mesa College
  • Possess a San Diego Mesa College GPA of 3.0; and, have an education plan on file.

This scholarship is for students who attend San Diego Mesa College in Fall Semester and are returning for Spring Semester. The scholarship will be applied to tuition and fees, split equally between semesters. Any remaining funds will be disbursed to the recipient during the 4thweek of the semester. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 units for Fall and Spring Semesters each, and maintain a GPA of at least 3.0. To receive the scholarship for Spring Semester, a minimum of 6 units must be successfully completed the preceding Fall Semester.

Prior to the first disbursement, a “thank you” note is required, written to the San Diego Mesa College Board of Directors, and brought to the Foundation Office in A103A. A digital photo is requested. The photo will not be used without permission. Please note, it is the scholarship recipient’s responsibility to notify Student Accounting that their scholarship is on file. Checks for the remaining funds may be picked up at Student Accounting by the end of the 4thweek of the semester.

Award: $250     -    Deadline: Each February

Questions for Written Answer:

  1. Please submit a statement demonstrating your financial need.
  1. Have you completed a student education plan with a SDCCD counselor?
  1. Please provide the name and email address of a Music faculty member that can give a reference for you regarding this scholarship opportunity.
  1. Please provide the name and email address of 2nd Music faculty member that can give a reference for you regarding this scholarship opportunity.

 

Bernie & Rita Shellist Music Endowed Scholarship

Bernie and Rita Shellist shared a passion for music. She was a vocalist, and he played the lead trombone in San Diego Mesa College ensembles for 25 years. The scholarship was created in their memory by their family and friends. The scholarship is for a student whose goal is to become a professional musician. The ideal candidate will be passionate about music, and have Music Studies as a declared major, or is earning a Certificate of Performance/Achievement in Music Composition, Music Technology or Music Theory.

To be eligible for a scholarship a student must:


  • Have a financial need, defined through an essay describing their financial need

  • Be enrolled in at least 6 units the Spring Semester when applying for the scholarship

  • Have completed at least 9 units at San Diego Mesa College, have a GPA of 3.0, and enroll in at least 6 units at San Diego Mesa College in the following Fall and Spring Semesters each
  • To receive the scholarship for Spring Semester, the student must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have successfully completed 6 units in previous Fall Semester.

  • Have an education plan in place 

  • Provide 2 recommendations from Music faculty

This scholarship is for students attending San Diego Mesa College in Fall Semester and Spring Semester. The scholarship will be applied to tuition and fees, split equally between semesters. Any remaining funds will be disbursed to the recipient during the 4thweek of the semester. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 units for Fall and Spring Semesters, and maintain a GPA of at least 3.0. To receive the scholarship for Spring Semester, a minimum of 6 units must be successfully completed the preceding Fall Semester.

Prior to the first disbursement, a “thank you” note is required, written to Lorelei Shellist, and brought to the Foundation Office in A103A. A digital photo is requested. The photo will not be used without permission.

Please note, it is the scholarship recipient’s responsibility to notify Student Accounting that their scholarship is on file. Checks for the remaining funds may be picked up at Student Accounting by the end of the 4thweek of the semester.

Award:  $250-$500    -    Deadline:  Each February

Essay Questions:

  1. Submit an original essay of the importance of music in your life, and include your goals and how music fits in with them. This essay should not exceed 500 words.
  1. Submit an original essay describing your financial need. Mention if you are eligible for PELL or BOG funding, and if not then describe why you are not eligible for PELL or BOG. Include the outside financial support you receive from all sources. This essay should not exceed 500 words.
  1. Please provide the name and email address of a Music faculty that can give a reference for you regarding this scholarship opportunity.
  1. Please provide the name and email address of a 2nd Music faculty that can give a reference for you regarding this scholarship opportunity.