Scholarship Program

Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart. ― Shinichi Suzuki

Every year SAM grants five scholarships for summer institute study. Two scholarships are need based student scholarships and three are summer institute teacher training scholarships.

Teacher Scholarships:

$500 The Nancy Lokken Suzuki Summer Institute Teacher Scholarship (1)

$400 SAM Summer Institute Teacher Training Scholarship (2)

Student Scholarships:

$400 SAM Student Summer Institute Scholarship (2)

​Application Process

Applications will be accepted if postmarked by April 15, 2020. Notification of awards will be sent by May 15, 2020 to those receiving the scholarship as well as to those who will not receive aid. This scholarship process is separate from and does not substitute for the application process for acceptance into an institute or any other scholarship process.

If you have any further questions, please email SAM Scholarship coordinator Laurie Petruconis:

Past Scholarship Participants

  • 2019 Teachers: Courtney Bell, Ruth Einstein, Jennifer Lang and Mark Wamma.
  • 2018 Students:  Oliver Kunin-Jeske and Evelyn Downs
  • 2017 Teachers: Vanamali Medina
  • 2016 Students:
  • 2015 Teachers: Carolyn Borgen and Nancy Esslinger
  • 2014 Students: No Applicants
  • 2013 Teachers: Beatriz Aguerrevere and Bethany Gonella
  • 2012 Students: Derrick Johnson and Beatrice Grant
  • 2011 Teacher: Katie Bast
  • 2010 Students: Aaron Harrelson and  Sofia Faacks
  • 2009 Teachers: Christopher Beknell and Jonathan Reaoch
  • 2008 Students: Sarah Grimes, Kyrie and Silas Sellnow, Julia Sennes
  • 2007 Teacher: Hilarie Kirby
Nancy Lokken Scholarship Photo

Nancy Lokken Suzuki Summer Institute Teacher Training Scholarship

This scholarship is in honor of Nancy Lokken, founder and first president of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota (SAM), and one of the first Suzuki Associations of Americas (SAA) Teacher Trainers in Minnesota. The scholarship reflects Nancy’s commitment to teachers, parents and students in Minnesota and surrounding areas and to keeping Dr. Suzuki’s legacy alive. Developing the student as a whole person while learning to play at a high level is the goal.