George Bornoff Memorial Scholarship Fund

Sponsored by the Foundation for the Advancement of String Education (FASE) in conjunction with ASTA

Early career teachers – APPLY TODAY for the $1,000 George Bornoff Memorial Scholarship to attend the ASTA National Conference in Orlando 2023!
Who can apply?
Full-time school orchestra teachers in their first 8 years of string teaching who have a current ASTA Membership can apply. Renew or Join today! 
**Check out the reduced rate for new Professional Memberships!
How many scholarships are awarded?
One scholarship of $1,000 will be granted for attending the 2023 ASTA National Conference.
How is the winner selected?
Members of the Bornoff Memorial Scholarship Committee will choose the winner based on the candidate’s application materials. 

Special consideration is given to applicants who teach traditionally underserved populations or who demonstrate a commitment to furthering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. 

How do I apply?
1. Complete the George Bornoff Memorial Scholarship Application Form
2. Upload the following items to the online application form

  • Write and submit an essay (300 words or less) that presents three points of your philosophy of the string teaching process (including a demonstrated commitment to students, outstanding achievement in the classroom, and a sincere interest in string pedagogy) and explain how this scholarship will assist you in achieving your string education career goals.
  • Submit a current resume that includes work experience, education, training, service, leadership, and notable achievements by you or your students.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable about your qualifications and teaching success.

  • When is the application deadline?
    Monday, October 31, 2022

    When will the winner be announced?
    Monday December 5, 2002

    Scholarship funds are to be used for costs specifically associated with the conference, including registration fees and travel expenses. 
    Recipients are required to:
    1. confirm their ability to attend the conference 
    2. participate in recognition activities
    3. complete the Scholarship Fund Report
    4. write a short article (500 words) for the American String Teacher journal on what you learned at the conference and how it will help you in the future. 

    *In the event that the selected recipient cannot attend, the award will be redistributed to an alternate.  
    Meet the 2023 George Bornoff Memorial Scholarship Awardee

    Margaret Chan

    Margaret Chan is currently the Orchestra Director and General Music teacher at Somers Middle School in Somers, NY. In addition to many musical extracurriculars, she serves as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) leader at her school. She hopes to be a changemaker in strings education, inspiring a love for ALL musics for the next generation. Margaret is excited to attend the ASTA conference to further develop her skills as a string educator!

    Previous Recipients

    Anna Byington, Bridge Boston Charter School
    Monquez Ford, Natchez-Adams School District
    Alejandro Padro-Fuentes, Beckendorff Junior High School