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The Meghan Burnett Instrument Fellowship


The Meghan Burnett Instrument Fellowship provides

funds towards the purchase of a musical instrument for

a Wakefield Memorial High School musician. Named for

2018 graduate Meghan Burnett, the fellowship is awarded

annually in amounts up to $1000. This Fellowship is made

possible through the fund raising efforts of the Meghan

Burnett Foundation.


The goal of the fellowship


The purpose of this fellowship is to make it possible for a

student involved in the music program to purchase a

better instrument and thus improve and grow as a

musician. More broadly, the program aims to kindle the

love of music in young musicians so that they continue to

play and love music throughout their lives.



To qualify for the award the musician must be a Freshman or Sophomore student at WMHS, involved in any of the instrumental music ensembles there and be committed to continuing to be involved in the music program for the entirety of High School and beyond. ( Upperclassmen may apply but priority will be given to underclassmen.)

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Application and Selection Process

Students who would like to be considered for the  fellowship must contact the Wakefield Public School  Performing Arts Departmentand request an application.  Write a short personal statement expressing their commitment to music, need for new instrument and how these funds will help further their musical growth and education. The completed application is due no later than 12:01AM on April 1.

The Meghan Burnett Foundation will work with the Music Director to choose the recipient based on their knowledge of the musician, taking into account their musicianship, motivation, character, dedication, and any other relevant factors as deemed appropriate by the foundation. 

The award of up to $1,000 will be announced at the WMHS Spring Concert in May. The recipient has until September 1 to purchase the instrument as approved by the WMHS Music Director.

2021 No Recipient due to Covid

2020 Recipient: Ryan Stewart


2020 Recipient: Ian Schemerhorn

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2019 Recipient: Bianca Zani

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