Mary and Ike Eichenberger Music Scholarship

The Mary and Ike Eichenberger Music Scholarship encourages Ferguson-Florissant School District vocal music, string instrument, and band students to accomplish their post-high school educational goals in music. One or two awards will be made, depending on the strength of the applications submitted. Awards range from $500 to $1,000 and are renewable for up to three additional undergraduate years as long as eligibility requirements continue to be met.


  • Seniors currently enrolled at McCluer High School, McCluer North High School, STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkley, or Innovation School at Cool Valley who have significant music experience
  • Student must have completed junior year at one of the Ferguson-Florissant High Schools
  • Cumulative, weighted 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Plans to enroll in music education, music performance, audio production, or music studies at a 4-year college, university or conservatory

Letter of recommendation from your high school choir, orchestra or band director
Enrollment in a music education, music performance, or music studies major or program at a 4-year college, university or conservatory

Evaluation and Selection
Applicants will be evaluated on the information submitted by the applicant, in the letter of recommendation and the transcript of academic work. The rubric used to evaluate includes the following:
• Essay: up to 20 points—Well-crafted 200 word essay on your future music plans
• Activities: up to 20 points—Participation, leadership and awards in school or community vocal, string or band groups
• Recommendation: up to 10 points—strength of the recommendation from your high school choir, orchestra or band director

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please answer all questions that apply to you, even if they are not marked “required."

For information, contact these counselors:
McCluer North – Kristi Fitzgerald –
McCluer – Tim Vanderhoof –
STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley – Ebony Stiles –
Innovation at Cool Valley – Rose Owens –

Applicants will be notified of award status in mid-April and should log in to their Scholarship Central account to see the status. Recipients will be honored at their school’s recognition assembly. Award checks will be mailed to the college or university in early August pending confirmation of final school choice and student ID number.

The Mary & Ike Eichenberger Music Scholarship program is administered by the St. Louis Community Foundation. As a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation, this program does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, gender, age, color, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical or mental disability.

Ferguson-Florissant School District donors
$500 to $1,000, renewable
Supplemental Questions
  1. Ferguson-Florissant School District Student Number
  2. Weighted, cumulative GPA after 7 semesters of high school:
  3. To be considered for this scholarship, your Scholarship Central General Application MUST include your FALL transcript for the current academic year. The transcript should show your name, school, grades, and cumulative GPA. If you previously uploaded an earlier transcript, please upload a new transcript to your General Application and change your answer to the GPA question. If your college choice has changed, please update that on the General Application as well.
  4. Did you complete your junior year in the Ferguson-Florissant School District?
  5. ESSAY: Write a 200 word essay on your future music plans. Do not include your name in the essay. It is recommended that you type your essay on a computer, check your spelling and word count and save. Copy and paste your essay below.
  6. VOCAL MUSIC APPLICANTS: List the high school choirs that you performed with, and indicate the number of years you sang in each.
  7. List any other choirs you sang with:
  8. Have you performed in a McCluer, McCluer North or STEAM Academy musical?
  9. If yes, list titles of the musicals and your roles:
  10. How many years have you participated any of these choirs:
    • 1. E. Desmond Lee Honors Choir?
    • 2. St. Louis Suburban All-District Choir
    • 3. All-State Choir
    • 4. St. Louis Suburban Large Chorus Festival
    • 5. St. Louis Suburban District Solo/Ensemble Festival
    • 6. State Solo/Ensemble Festival
  11. List the solo/ensemble works you performed at festival:
  12. List any other music honors you have received:
  13. STRING INSTRUMENT and BAND APPLICANTS: What is your major instrument?
  14. List any other instruments you play:
  15. How many years were you a member of the McCluer, McCluer North, or STEAM Academy Orchestra/Band?
  16. How many years were you a member of the Silver Strings or Honors Orchestra?
  17. If you have played in a pit orchestra or performed in band for McCluer, McCluer North or STEAM Academy, list the shows:
  18. How many years have you participated in any of these bands/orchestras:
    • 1. St. Louis Suburban Honors Orchestra/Band
    • 10.Missouri All-State Jazz Band
    • 11.St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra
    • 2. Bi-State Honors Band
    • 3. St. Louis Suburban Large Group Orchestra/Band Festival
    • 4. St. Louis All-Suburban Band
    • 5. St. Louis All-Suburban Jazz Band
    • 6. St. Louis Suburban Solo/Ensemble District Festival
    • 7. State Solo/Ensemble Festival
    • 8. E. Desmond Lee Honors Orchestra/Band
    • 9. Missouri All-State Orchestra/Band
  19. List the solo/ensemble works you performed at festival:
  20. List any other music honors you received:
  21. LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION: Enter the name and e-mail address of your high school choir, orchestra or band director who will submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. NOTE: As the applicant, it is your responsibility to inform that person to watch for an email sent on your behalf that will explain how to complete the process.
  22. SIGNATURE: By entering my full name below, I certify that the information I have provided is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge and I authorize the St. Louis Community Foundation and its agents to examine, verify and discuss my academic records and other information that applies to the consideration of this application. My signature also signifies that, if awarded, I understand that it is my responsibility to inform the St. Louis Community Foundation of any changes to my college plans and that I understand that some portion of scholarship awards I receive from any source may be considered taxable income if the total amount exceeds the cost of tuition and course related fees, supplies and equipment.
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