Melton Fellowships Benefit Students, Teachers, and Families

Posted: September 26, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

The Melton Music Teaching Fellowship Award program has proven to be a win-win situation for all parties involved. Through the program, graduate and undergraduate music majors at George Mason who receive the $5,000 scholarships each year mentor and teach up to four elementary through high school students who show potential in music and have financial need.

The fellowship program, established through a generous gift from William N. Melton, CEO and founder of the Reston-based CyberCash Inc., works in conjunction with the nationally recognized MusicLink Foundation. The foundation partners students nominated by school music teachers with private music instructors in the community. George Mason is the first university to connect with MusicLink Foundation and serves as a model for others nationwide.

MusicLink currently reaches nearly 1,000 students in more than 40 states, with teachers contributing more than 40,000 hours of instruction, the equivalent of $900,000 in scholarships. George Mason fellowship teachers will have taught 100 students from schools in Arlington and Fairfax counties by the end of the school year.

For more information on the fellowships, visit the Melton Music web site.

View the full story in the October issue of the Mason Gazette.

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