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Scholarship Gifts

With student expenses now exceeding $50,000 per year, our ability to attract the finest young performers and remain one of the nation’s leading conservatories is increasingly dependent on our ability to offer generous scholarship support.  A full 80% of our students receive financial aid.  

Scholarship gifts are the single most important support a talented young performer can receive.  As a small and specialized college, these contributions help us keep pace with the increasing costs of excellence in performing arts training.  

We invite you to play a leading role in helping a student reach his or her educational goals by making a tax-deductible scholarship gift or establishing a “Named Scholarship” at The Boston Conservatory.  

Named Scholarship Program

You can create a scholarship in your name, in the name of your family or company, or in honor or memory of someone.

You may choose to fund an annual Named Scholarship with a gift of $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 or more and support to a student for a single academic year.  Or you may prefer to establish an endowed Named Scholarship with a minimum gift of $50,000 and provide ongoing scholarship support for one or more deserving Conservatory students.  This scholarship may be established with an outright gift or with a multi-year pledge of up to five years. A third option offers you the pleasure of awarding an annual Named Scholarship while you concurrently build your endowed Named Scholarship Fund.   

In addition to Named Scholarships, contributions may be made to the Conservatory’s General Scholarship Fund.  To learn more, please contact Eileen Meny at (617) 912-9128 or

The Jan Veen Scholarship, established in memory of the founder of the Boston Conservatory’s Dance Division, is supported by the Jan Veen Educational Trust.  Since 1968 these prestigious awards have helped deserving students train and prepare for professional careers in dance. 

The Named Scholarship Program, which requires a minimum gift of $2,500 and can bear one’s own name, the name of a family member or another honoree, is a meaningful way to personalize a gift that has resonated with many donors. Please find a list of our current named scholarships and recipients below.

The Ruth Sandholm Ambrose Scholarship, established in 1991, honors a beloved former director of the Dance Division. This award is presented in recognition of artistic and technical growth to a student with the “potential to become a professional dancer, teacher, or choreographer.”

The Dana Brayton Scholarship Fund was created by his family in the fall of 2006 in memory of a beloved member of the Composition faculty. Scholarships will be awarded to graduates of the Boston Arts Academy who enroll at The Boston Conservatory.

The H. Wilfred Churchill Scholarship is the legacy of a 1938 graduate and cherished piano faculty member. A native of Nova Scotia, Churchill retired in 1987 and is remembered for introducing music for piano four-hand concerts to the Conservatory. Significantly, he was the first person to bequeath his entire estate to the college and his 1994 bequest provides an annual piano scholarship awarded in his name.

The Neil Donohoe Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 in honor of the Theater Division director’s 20th anniversary. During his tenure, Donohoe has directed American and Boston premieres and other musical theater productions at the Conservatory, and adapted and produced special events for local cultural organizations, including the Boston Pops, Fenway Community Health Center gala, and the Annual Vincent Club Show benefit for Massachusetts General Hospital. Awards will be made to outstanding students in the Theater Division.

The Hank Hankinson Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 by alumna and Overseer Rachael Zammiello Hedding ’65 in memory of her friend Herbert (“Hank”) Hankinson ’65. Hankinson attended the Conservatory on a full scholarship and, after graduation, taught at Berklee College of Music for 25 years. He lived in Warren, RI, and performed frequently as a professional musician throughout New England. Hankinson died on December 17, 2001 at the age of 64. Scholarships will be awarded to African-American male students from the Music Division who demonstrate significant academic growth, artistic discipline and an emerging talent.

The Alfred E. Lee Memorial Scholarship was established in 1988 in memory of an esteemed and inspirational piano faculty member. The Lee Scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate who demonstrates superior artistic potential and the personal discipline necessary for success. Competition for the Lee Scholarship occurs in May, with applicants recommended by a private teacher and the winner selected by a vote of the entire piano faculty.

The Anamarie Sarazin Scholarship was established in 2000 in memory of a Conservatory alumna, faculty member and Boston Ballet principal dancer who, according to the Boston Phoenix, was “adored for her gentle encouragement and attention to her students.” This scholarship is presented to an outstanding student of ballet entering his/her senior year.

The William A. Seymour Music Education Scholarship was established in 1997 to honor the service of music educator and now President Emeritus William Seymour. This award provides support for talented students in the Music Education program who display the potential to become outstanding classroom teachers and advocates for music education.

The Julie Ince Thompson Award Scholarship was established in 2003 in memory of a uniquely gifted choreographer, dancer, teacher and member of the Conservatory’s dance faculty. The award is given to a dance major who demonstrates talent and ability in choreography for the creation of a new work in his/her senior year. The recipient will be the student who best exemplifies Julie’s lyricism, her edge, her center, her uncanny storytelling ability, and her singular and remarkable abilities to connect to audiences.

The Yasuko Tokunaga Scholarship was established in 2006 in honor of the Dance Division director’s 15th anniversary. Tokunaga, who joined the Conservatory’s dance faculty in 1972, has choreographed more than 50 works, co-designed a coordinated team-teaching method for ballet and modern classes, and served as a dance panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Awards will be given to outstanding students in the Dance Division.

In addition to these awards, contributions may be made to the Conservatory’s General Scholarship Fund to support students in Dance, Theater, Music or Music Education. To learn more, please contact Eileen Meny at or (617) 912-9128.


"Scholarship aid is the most crucial form of support that a donor can consider. The relationships that develop among the donor, the student and the Conservatory enrich all of those involved immeasurably." —Richard Ortner, President of The Boston Conservatory

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