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Vargas/Vetter/Ukena Fellowship

Made possible through the generosity of NYYS Trustee Rima Vargas-Vetter and her husband, Paul Ukena, this new fellowship program was created to identify, train, and mentor students from underserved communities who wish to prepare for and attend college. Students in their sophomore and junior years of high school accepted into the NYYS orchestra, chamber music, jazz, conducting, or composition programs are eligible to apply for the fellowships which will last one to two years. Awarded fellows will participate in the NYYS programs (including performances, rehearsals, sectionals, master classes and workshops) and receive a $5,000 stipend to offset costs of NYYS fees, private lessons, travel, and instrument maintenance. Fellows will be paired with a mentor who will guide them throughout their fellowship and work together to create a personalized roadmap to college.

2017/18 Fellows