Winners” Recital Participants 2019


The 2020 Scholarship Competition Rules Information is available here for your general information.

The 2020 Scholarship Application Form is no longer available. (Note: The Deadline for submission was 11:59 PM on Monday, February 24, 2020).

The purpose of the MFGN Scholarship Competition is to recognize and reward excellence in performance and to encourage continued growth musically.

The MFGN Scholarship Program began in 1970 with one small grant awarded to a Collier County student for summer study. Since then, contributions from a generous community have made it possible to support almost 800 middle and high school students with more than $550,000 (2014 figures). In 2018 we presented over 50 winners more than $51,000! The MFGN Competitions are open to students in Grades 6-12 who reside in Collier County or in the adjacent communities of Bonita Springs or Estero, and are presently enrolled in public or private schools or are home schooled. Competition categories are Brass, Woodwinds, Piano, Percussion, Strings, Voice and Guitar. Scholarships are used for such pursuits or items such as summer music camps, study with private teachers, instrument upgrade, or for college studies. Should you have problems accessing any material on this page or have questions, please contact MFGN by email (click here).


Those eligible include students in grades 6 through 12 who reside in Collier County, Bonita Springs and Estero according to zip code with Junior Division being 6th-8th grade and Senior Division being 9th-12th grade.  The packet of information, MFGN Scholarship Rules 2020, contains competition rules and requirements, information about the use of scholarship awards and how to claim them, plus a Hammes Musician Scholar Award description for 12th graders. For those competing, it is important to read this vital information before completing the application below. Applicants will need to be familiar with the basic information before attempting to fill out the application.

(formerly the Turiel Award)

The purpose of the Hammes Musician Scholar Award is to encourage recipients in the serious study of music. The Award Committee will favor candidates who intend to pursue a career in music or a serious music avocation.

Given to a twelfth grader, the award is used for college tuition, purchase of an instrument or summer music camp after graduation. Candidates for the award will be selected from the top twelfth grade winners of the MFGN Scholarship Competition by the Award Committee. Eligible candidates will receive a Hammes Musician Scholar Award application packet by Tuesday, April 7, 2020 and must return it to the Award Committee Chair by Monday, April 13, 2020. Award selection will be based on scholarship competition performance on April 3 and 4, 2020, the April 25, 2020 Scholarship Winners’ Recital performance, an essay, a personal interview during the intermission of the Scholarship Winners’ Recital on April 25, scholastic achievements, honors, awards, community service and achievements in music.

The award for 2020 will be $3,000.

Candidates for the award will perform during the first half of the Scholarship Winners’ Recital which begins at 3:00 pm  on April 25, 2020.

A list of past Hammes Musician Scholar Award Winners is available.


The Haegg Family Award was established September 1, 2008, by the Haegg Family in memory of Margaret “Peg” Haegg. The purpose of this special scholarship is to encourage Collier County, Bonita Springs, and Estero students who are in middle school (grades 6-8) to study music. Only students who have not had private music lessons on a regular basis should apply. The award has a strong needs based component. Our expectations are that up to three awards per year will be made. The Haegg Family Award Information contains competition rules and requirements, information about the use of the scholarship and how to claim it. An application can be downloaded here. Should you have problems accessing this material or have questions, please contact Loretta Myers ( ,239-595-6265).


The purpose of this Award is “To enable gifted and motivated students from low income families to achieve the intellectual and social benefits of learning to play the piano.”

The LEAP (Learning from Elementary to Advanced Piano) Award is for Collier County, Bonita Springs and Estero students to study piano for one year with a private teacher selected by the Naples Music Club.  The award may be renewed a year at a time for up to two additional years based on the LEAP Committee’s assessment of the student’s progress and the recommendation of his or her private teacher.

The award is intended for students (ages 8 through 14) whose families cannot afford private music lessons.  However, private lessons in the past will not eliminate the candidate as long as they can demonstrate that they are on the “Free and Reduced School Meals Program” or by submission of the parents’ most recent Federal income tax return (if home schooled or in private schools).  In extraordinary circumstances, the LEAP Committee may extend an award to someone outside of the 8-14 age range.

The LEAP Award Rules and Regulations contains competition rules and requirements, eligibility, information about the use of the scholarship and how to claim it.


A listing of the 2017 Recital Program2016 Recital Program2015 Recital Program2014 Recital Program,  2013 Recital Program2012 Recital Program2011 Scholarship Winners and 2010 Scholarship Winners, including news stories, is available on this Website. Information about the  2009 Scholarship Winners and the 2008 Scholarship Winners is also available and may be of interest.


From Johanne Nordilus, MFGN award-winning voice student in 2010 and 2011, 2011 graduate of Palmetto Ridge High School, presently attending Florida State University in Tallahassee: “I would like to thank the [Music Foundation of Greater Naples] for all of the wonderful opportunities you provide for young performers like me to grow musically. Through the Scholarship Program I’ve gained performance experience and more knowledge on technique. With the funds that I was awarded I was able to take voice lessons and help pay for my college expenses. This club is a wonderful organization that is helping keep music alive in Naples and giving students the chance of a lifetime to continue to study music. Thank you all for the work you’ve done. I know this organization will continue to change the lives of students for years to come. I truly appreciate all that you do! Sincerely, Johanne Nordilus”


Students of MFGN teachers are eligible to participate in MFGN-sponsored recitals. These are designed to help prepare students for competition. Visit Student Recitals for more information (2019 information is now available).


Scholarship funds awarded are made possible through the generosity of many members and friends in the community. We invite your participation. Please visit the Support page of our Website.