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Student Scholarship Funds

The mission of Recreational Music Center (RMC) is to cultivate the joy of making music through relevant, cutting edge teaching methods, making them available to EVERYONE regardless of financial resources or other barriers.

Staying true to this mission, RMC ensures that every student with the desire to participate in our programs is given the opportunity to participate in music. We offer scholarships to students with financial need and exceptional merit. These individual scholarships are all supported by generous donors, with a passion for assuring every student can achieve personal and educational growth through music.

Individual scholarship funds may have specific eligibility criteria defined by the donor when the legacy scholarship was established. To determine if you are eligible for a particular scholarship, please read the specific criteria under each fund name.  

We extend our sincere appreciation to these individual donors for their generous commitment to student success and invite you to add your support to these much-needed scholarship efforts by emailing us at


Will Power Scholarship Memorial Fund   icon_learnmore_36
The Abbott family has established the Will Power Scholarship in memory of their son Will and his love of the music classes he took at RMC. The scholarship is awarded to two outstanding Early Childhood students with a desire to actively participate in the RMC Early Childhood music program, in addition to a demonstrated financial need. The scholarship seeks to support the partial cost of tuition, and to help foster the next generation of musicians.

The scholarship will be awarded to two promising students who meet the criteria of the Early Childhood program, demonstrates that he or she is enthusiastic about music classes, and will have more than 80%+ attendance rate.

James M. Fox Memorial Fund   icon_learnmore_36
RMC’s Founder, Leslie Gereghty, established this scholarship to honor her father’s generous giving both to RMC and to countless others in his lifetime. "He was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back and tell you just to pay it forward someday." RMC owes its very existence to the seed money that he and his wife Carolynne provided. Jim poured his heart and soul into a prolific career as a CFII, corporate pilot, and likely other missions that we may never know about. In his retirement, he continued to play guitar and piano as well as learn several new instruments including the ukulele, bass, and violin. His scholarship is available to a child or adult who demonstrates a love music as well as financial need or retirement status.

Point Loma Summer Concert Series Fund   icon_learnmore_36
The Point Loma Summer Concert Scholarship is awarded to outstanding student(s) with a passion for music and performing, and who also demonstrate leadership through community service in the Point Loma area. This outstanding young person/people will write be required to audition as Jr. Emcee and/or Patriotic song performer for the 2016 concert session beginning July, 2016. (Auditioning is not a guarantee of acceptance.) Recipients will also help with field cleanup on at least one Saturday morning following a summer concert.

Meet The Recipients of the Point Loma Summer Concert Series Scholarship

Sisters Ceci and Sofia Naranjo were awarded this scholarship in 2016. The two are each unique in their musical pursuits; Sofia sings and plays the piano, while Ceci loves the bass and drums. Being part of the RMC family has allowed the girls to play with multiple youth ensembles, which has improved their self confidence. The sisters have played in the Coastal Grooves, Cover Queens and Stormy Mondays together. Ceci formerly played bass with The Flourescent Grizzlies for two years, but has recently moved on to the all-female ensemble On The Run.

Ceci has earned the distinct experience of performing for hundreds of people at the Point Loma Summer Concert Series as the opening act for the last two summers in a row. Being part of these ensembles has given the sisters valuable experiences in teamwork and goal setting, which will serve them well in their future endeavors.

The girls' mother, Deborah Naranjo, expressed how grateful she is that RMC has provided an environment where they can spend time with such creative and talented friends and mentors. She appreciates that they both have such a positive way to spend their time outside of school. 

RMC's Young Jedi Scholarship Fund   icon_learnmore_36
The Young Jedi Scholarship is awarded to outstanding student(s) with a desire to actively and passionately participate in the RMC music program, in addition to a demonstrated financial need. "The Force is Strong with This One" - This Young Jedi student must be a bonafide Star Wars fan. To be considered for this scholarship, this Young Jedi will need to demonstrate that he or she is passionate about learning and playing music, willing to practice and work hard with more than 80%+ attendance rate, participate in all student showcases, and will demonstrate leadership through two Music4Change community service events annually.

A huge thank you to our donors!
Donor Levels:

Jedi Master Level ($200+)
· The Palacios Family

Jedi Knight Level ($150-199)

Padawan Level ($100-149)
· The Folk Family
· The Elson Family

Jedi Initiate Level ($50-99)
· The Shapiro Family
· The Paulsen Family
· The Blum/Zubkoff Family

Ewok Level ($0-$50)
· The Robertson Family
· The Atkinson Family
· The Halpain/Kay Family
· The Roscoe Family
· Thee Belden/McCauliffe Family
· The Ritchey/Gannon Family

Friends of RMC Scholarship Fund   icon_learnmore_36
The Friends of RMC are members of the community who are passionate about music and music education. These donors believe in the transformative power of music, and they know that music can be a positive outlet in very trying times of our lives. Your donation of any amount can contribute to this scholarship fund.

These annual scholarships are awarded to students so that they might pursue (or continue to pursue) music as an outlet in times of hardship. To date these recipients have included: children whose parents have experienced job loss or inability to work due to chronic or terminal illness; children of incarcerated parents; foster youth; children of vets with PTSD, students on free and/or reduced lunch, etc...

To qualify for this scholarship, students must be passionate about learning and playing music, willing to practice, dedicated to a more than 80% attendance rate, participate in student showcases, and available to participate in four community service events annually. Full and partial scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For more information on giving to this fund, please contact David Gereghty at

Donate today to add your scholarship here! Email or call us at (619) 225-9597 to get started.


Scholarship Request Form

Congratulations on your decision to study music and thank you for your interest in our scholarship program.

The acceptance of a scholarship award or financial assistance from RMC carries several responsibilities on the part of the student. Recipient(s) must bring a positive attitude to each lesson, demonstrate consistent attendance of 80% or higher, and give back to the community with their gift of music at community outreaches. Recipient(s) will also be required to write an essay on "What Does RMC and Music Mean to Me?" Sharing your heartfelt story helps us communicate to current and potential donors that they can and are indeed making a difference in the life of a student.

Scholarship funds may be withdrawn at any time, if, the recipient fails to meet general eligibility criteria which is expected by the instructor and RMC. The receipt of a scholarship fund does not guarantee a scholarship in the future. All scholarship fund recipients will be required to submit a signed scholarship fund contract to indicate their acceptance of the scholarship award.

The information you provide will be kept confidential and only will be used in determining tuition assistance awards. RMC believes that students who contributes something toward their lessons will value their lessons and their instructor's time more fully. Therefore, even full scholarship students are required to "pay it forward" by contributing to the Friends of RMC Scholarship Fund.

In evaluating the applicants, the committee will consider demonstrated financial need, number of children enrolled in Recreational Music Center and a commitment to learn. We require families to provide proof of income, either the most recent IRS Form 1040 or proof of assistance. Kindly allow up to two weeks for processing. After your application is reviewed by the committee, RMC will set up terms and schedule your music lessons. All awarded assistance subject to annual review.

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A copy of your last tax return OR other proof of income is required. Upon receipt of this application we will follow up to let you know where to send the documents.

Social Security Benefits, Family Gifts or Support, Child Support, Welfare, Unemployment Benefits, Interest on Tax-Free Bonds, Untaxed Pensions, Housing Allowance and any other that may apply

Check Us Out

Recreational Music Center (RMC) is located in San Diego's flagship destination for cultural arts - Arts District at Liberty Station. Parking is available on Truxtun Road or in the adjacent lot in front of the Von's shopping center. We offer lessons for ALL instruments including Piano, Guitar, Drums, and Vocals. For more information about lessons and classes please call or email us today: 619-225-9597.

We also offer Early Childhood classes for ages 0-4. To enroll in one of our Early Childhood classes please call or email us today619-225-9597


RMC was founded in 2009 by David and Leslie Gereghty

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