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The Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) is soliciting scholarship applications for the June M. Hinckley Music Education Scholarship. The Association will award $1000.00 scholarships to selected 2023-2024 graduating high school students who were accepted to a Florida All-State ensemble and who intend to major in music education at a Florida college or university.

How To Apply: Fill out the online application using the button below. As part of the online process, you will be asked to upload these files:

  • Essay: Answer both of the following questions in a typed response of approximately 1200 words: 1) Why do you wish to become a music educator? 2) Why should music be available to all students? Save it as a Microsoft Word .docx or PDF .pdf file
  • Three Letters of Recommendation signed and scanned as PDF files
  • High-Quality Headshot Photograph such as your senior photo or similar. This will be published in the Florida Music Director magazine if you are one of the scholarship winners. 

2024 Scholarship Online Application

An OFFICIAL COPY of your transcript (must remain sealed) must be sent to the following address. 

June M. Hinckley Music Education Scholarship
Attn: Val Anderson
402 Office Plaza
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Postmark Deadline: April 19, 2024

Applications will be reviewed by a representative committee of teachers, administrators, and music educators convened by FMEA. Notification will be made by May 30, 2024. Monies awarded will be distributed to the appropriate college or university once the student is enrolled.


About June Hinckley

As the arts education specialist for the Florida Department of Education, June Hinckley led the development of the Sunshine State Standards for the Arts, based on the National Arts Standards and adopted by the Florida State Board of Education in 1996. Hinckley assisted schools and school districts with the implementation of the arts standards and connecting the arts with the state accountability and testing program, and served as a liaison among the various K-12 arts education groups, higher education, and community arts organizations. She was a founding organizer of the Arts for a Complete Education project, which has coalesced the various community, industry, and school arts organizations in Florida to cooperatively and proactively work to improve the quality and quantity of arts programs throughout the state.

June Hinckley served as president of the Music Education National Conference (MENC), which is now known as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). She was chair of the National Consortium for Arts Education Association and represented all the arts on several national committees. She was a member of the writing team that developed the National Standards for Music Education. As MENC president, Ms. Hinckley conceived and initiated Vision 2020: The Housewright Symposium on the Future of Arts Education. This effort has been credited with providing a blueprint for music education for the future that picks up the work done at the Tanglewood Symposium. Ms. Hinckley has received the Hall of Fame Award from FMEA and the ACE of Hearts Award from Arts for a Complete Education/Florida Alliance for Arts Education. In 2003, she was designated as a NAfME Lowell Mason Fellow.