Great Waters Scholarship Program


Since its inception, the Great Waters Scholarship Program has contributed financial assistance to music students in the Lakes Region, helping them on the journey to connect their gifts with the needs of the music world.

Great Water Scholarship applications are accepted beginning in January each year from New Hampshire Lakes Region residents.  High school, college, or graduate students with interest in pursuing a career in some facet of music education or performance qualify to apply for financial assistance.  Financial assistance scholarship recipients are announced typically in May and honored at one of the Great Waters concerts.

The scholarship program is funded in part through the generosity of donors, including the Nancy P. Marriott Foundation.

In 2020, Great Waters awarded scholarships to three Lakes Region students.

Congratulations to:

  • Olivia Hart, Wolfeboro, NH
  • Brianna Desharnais, Freedom, NH
  • Janis Walker, Wolfeboro, NH

About Our Scholarship Winners

Olivia graduated in the spring of 2020 from Kingswood Regional High School and is attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, majoring in music therapy. Olivia has been “fascinated by music ever since she can remember.” She plays piano, guitar, clarinet, and sings, and is currently in a worship band at her church. She won the Battle of the Bands in 2018, attended the Lakes Regional Music Festival, and this past year performed in the Jazz Band, Band, and Chorus.

Janis also graduated in the spring of 2020 from Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, NH, and is attending Dean College in Franklin, MA. majoring in dance. Since she was five looking through a “magical dance studio window,” Janis has wanted to dance, and “after years of pain, determination, and perseverance, she has become a graceful and strong dancer.” Her favorite number is “Winter” by Tori Amos.

Brianna is a second-year Great Waters scholarship winner. Her love of music started when she was six and received a guitar for Christmas. Her major instrument is the flute and is studying at the New England Conservatory of Music, where her recent flute recital featured “Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise” by Doppler. In 2020, Brianna was a sophomore at Simmons College in Boston, MA, where she is dual majoring in neurobiology and applied music therapy. She has volunteered at both Memorial and Brigham Hospitals using music to increase the quality of life for patients.

For More Information

Information about the Great Waters Scholarship Award program is available either by calling (603) 569-7710 or emailing us at

Download the Application HERE. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are due: April 30, 2021

You can also apply online HERE.