Betty Van Andel Scholarship


Named in memory of Betty Van Andel and inspired by her lifelong passion for music and her many contributions to Opera Grand Rapids, both as a board member and benefactor, the Betty Van Andel Scholarship seeks to continue Betty Van Andel’s vision of promoting opera in West Michigan by encouraging people who have distinguished themselves as exceptional candidates to pursue continuing education and development in an opera-related field.

Each year the Betty Van Andel Scholarship provides an award of up to $1,000 to an exceptional candidate who is either a resident or a student resident in West Michigan.  The funds are intended to cover the expenses of an opera-related program outside of a traditional degree program.  Opera-related programs include those that train any aspect of the operatic art form (i.e. voice, rehearsal pianist/coach, conductor, orchestra, theatre, dance, stage management, arts administration, set design, lighting design, etc.).  Funds awarded are provided directly to the program or institution in which the recipient is enrolled.

2017-2018 Season Betty Van Andel Scholarship

The 2018 Betty Van Andel Scholarship will be awarded May 18, 2018. The deadline to apply is March 25, 2018.

Examples of opera-related activities for which this award may be used:

  • Training Programs
  • Conference
  • Workshops
  • Study Abroad Programs
  • Young Artist Programs
  • Arts Administration internships

This list is not intended to be exclusive, but rather a guide for the types of requests that have been honored in the past.

To be eligible a candidate must:

  • Be a student dedicated to pursuing education or professional development in an opera-related field.
  • Be a current resident or student residing in West Michigan.

To apply, please submit a:

  • Typed, two-page, double-spaced letter describing your experience with opera, your aspirations for a future in opera, and the type of program in which you would like to enroll if awarded funds.
  • Letter of recommendation that speaks to your qualifications at the time of application.
  • Current resume of your work to this point.
  • Completed application submitted online no later than 11:59 PM on March 25, 2018.

Scholarship Details:

  • Opera Grand Rapids is an equal opportunity organization and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, age, sex, height, weight or marital status.
  • Recipients of this scholarship must meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Awards are made out to an institution in which the recipient is enrolled, not to the individual directly.
  • All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final, including the decision to give partial awards or no award.
  • The winner is requested to write a summary of his/her use of the scholarship funds and submit it to Opera Grand Rapids by December 31st, 2018.
  • The winner is requested to be present at an Opera Grand Rapids fundraiser to publicly accept the award.
  • Scholarship must be used by December 31, 2018, or is otherwise forfeited.