The Education Scholarship Fund was established by an anonymous donor as a challenge to other Handbell Musicians of America (HMA) members to contribute and support handbells in education and HMA educational events. Contributions are used to offer scholarships to Handbell Musicians of America events and grants to programs that promote handbells in educational settings.

The D. Linda McKechnie Scholarship was established in 2004. The purpose of the fund is to aid individuals and programs that promote education in elementary schools or with special needs populations. The assistance may be in the form of a scholarship to National Seminar for an individual working in one of these areas, or in the form of a grant supporting programming in one of these areas.

The Marilyn Kielniarz Memorial Scholarship was established by Handbell Musicians of America’s national board of directors in memory of, and to honor Marilyn Kielniarz. This scholarship is awarded to a music educator to attend National Seminar, and provides the full cost of registration.

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is May 15, 2024.

Scholarships Available from Your Area

Many Handbell Musicians of America Areas offer scholarships to help participants attend national events. Visit your Area website to learn about opportunities they offer. Area websites can be found here.