The Florida Flute Association is honored to offer several scholarships as part of its mission to encourage and educate talented flutists. FFA members are eligible to apply for Emeritus Fund scholarships and Gilbert Study Grants offered through the Gilbert Memorial Endowment Fund.


The Emeritus Fund is comprised of donations made in honor of former or present teachers as well as other private donations. The aim of the fund is to provide financial assistance to exceptionally talented middle and high school students who are members of the FFA. Scholarships, not to exceed $500, will be paid directly to a flute camp or masterclass. Recipients of this scholarship are ineligible to apply the following year. Incomplete application packages will not be considered and all scholarship committee decisions are final. 

By March 15, email a YouTube link and files below to Dr. Karen Large at 

The Scholarship Application Email Must Include: 

In the body of the email: 

– Student Name (Must be a current FFA member)

– Phone Number 

– Email 

– Mailing Address (include street, apt., city, state, zip code) 

– Year in School/Name of School 

– Name of Flute Teacher (must be a current FFA member) 

– The name of the Composer/Title of Piece in YouTube Video 

– The YouTube link for a recording of 5 minutes of unaccompanied music performed by the applicant (select either unlisted or public for the privacy setting) 

As attachments: 

– A recommendation letter from the applicant’s flute teacher (teacher must be a member of the FFA) (pdf or word document only) 

– A one-page personal statement describing why this scholarship is needed for the applicant’s growth as a flute player. (pdf or word document only) 


You will receive a receipt email within 24 hours. 

Application Package must emailed by March 15. Send all materials to Dr. Karen Large at 




The Gilbert Memorial Endowment Fund is perpetuated in celebration of the lives and legacy of Geoffrey Gilbert and his wife, Marjorie. One of the most distinguished British flutists and teachers of flute of the twentieth century, Mr. Gilbert provided a profound and long-lasting influence in many lives and careers through his fifty-year career, including generous participation at numerous conventions of the FFA. Established through the generosity of former students, particularly Sir James Galway, the Fund is perpetuated by individual gifts.

To further the legacy of Geoffrey Gilbert, who never stopped searching for new and better ways to perform and teach, the FFA now administers the Fund, offering Gilbert Study Grants. The Performance Study Grant (odd years) and the Teaching Study Grant (even years) are one-time $1000 awards to accomplished performers and committed teachers aiming to pursue future study.

**Must be a current FFA Member

Gilbert Study Grant Application (PDF format) – Due by March 15.

Information on the Gilbert Memorial Endowment Fund is available from:

Deborah Heller, Gilbert Memorial Endowment Fund Chair
6016 Harry Rewis Rd.
Macclenny, FL 32063

Tax-deductible donations to the Funds are gratefully accepted through the year, with your check payable to FFA — Memo: Emeritus Fund or GMEF. Contact Cindy Bruce, FFA Executive Director, for more details.