For the second year in a row, the Cultural Caravan has been awarded a grant from the Daniel W. Dietrich II Young Alumni Fund (“YAF”), an annual grant program dedicated to supporting young alumni of Curtis. These grants—ranging from $1,000 to $10,000—are part of Curtis’s ongoing efforts to strengthen support for alumni in the years that follow graduation and help young alumni in the pursuit of their musical careers.
These grantees were selected from 65 applicants through a competitive review process, and proposals were evaluated closely by an anonymous panel of Curtis alumni. Funding totaling $55,000 was distributed based on the overall strength of a proposal, expressed impact the funding might have on the recipient’s or project’s success, and the perceived potential for the applicant to meet milestones. Grantees will also have access to professional guidance and support in achieving the proposal’s goals.
“Our graduates are some of the most innovative and accomplished musicians in the world. Their leadership is an endless source of inspiration for the next generation of classical artists here at Curtis and beyond. We are proud to support and empower young alumni as they move into the next phase of their artistic journeys,” said Shea Scruggs (Oboe ’04), Curtis’s director of institutional research and musician experience and chief enrollment officer. “We understand the concerted effort required to put forward a thoughtful proposal, and we are thankful for everyone who applied during this cycle.