Scholarship Information

The Duke University String School is financially committed to helping families in the community through the Duke University String School (DUSS) Dorothy Kitchen Scholarship Fund.  We currently offer $13,000 each year in scholarship funds for families in financial need.

Families may apply for scholarship assistance to participate in the opportunities offered through DUSS.  Scholarships are offered for 75%, 50%, or 25% of tuition costs and for Ensemble/Group Classes, Chamber Music, and/or Private Lessons.

Scholarship awards are based on availability of funds in the scholarship program and approval by the DUSS Director based one or more of the following criteria.  For students applying, please indicate which qualifier you are using.

  1. Financial need (tax form will be required as part of the application)
  2. Parent involvement
  3. Stephanie Swisher Ensemble Scholarship for 100% of the fee for participation on a second instrument in an additional ensemble (i.e. violin participation in CSO and Ensemble Scholarship for viola participation in ISO).
  4. Merit and dedication to the program

For students applying for a scholarship for lessons, they will need to secure a lesson time with a teacher before an offer can be sent.  Applications and any supporting documents for 2017-2018 school year must be received no than Wednesday, August 23, 2017.  Please download the application below:

DUSS and Kidznotes are partners in music education in the Triangle area.  With support from the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, we are excited to be able to offer several 100% scholarships for promising young Kidznotes students selected by their teachers for their dedication to their instrument.


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