About the Grande Ronde Symphony Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship Fund honors past musicians and contributors for their lifelong support of the GRSA. Donations to this fund are restricted to scholarship use only.  Donations in honor of Lorna Spain, Don Paul, Bryce Young, Marshall Boker, Lynn and Lila Bishop, Laura Mahrt, and Steve Tanner continue to help the GRSA support student musicians. 

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, GRSA awards three types of scholarships to qualifying high school and college students using the Grande Ronde Symphony Scholarship Fund.  

Money for the tuition reimbursement has been generously donated over the past ten years as follows:

  • In memory of Don Paul, musician and singer who was the husband of Lanetta Paul.

  • In memory of Lynn and Lila Bishop, long-time musicians, and educators in Union County.

  • In memory of Marshall Boker and Bryce Young, both supporters of Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra.

  • In honor of Lorna Spain, former GRSO violinist and past president of GRSA.

  • In honor of Laura Mahrt and Steve Tanner, both professors at Eastern Oregon University.

The Grande Ronde Symphony Association and the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra appreciate the foresight these people fostered in keeping EOU students involved with making music and keeping the legacy alive.

Tuition Reimbursement

The Grande Ronde Symphony Association offers reimbursement for the cost of tuition per term of Eastern Oregon University students who play with the orchestra. (EOU – MUS 195/MUS 395).

Lorna Spain Scholarship

The Lorna Spain Scholarship is administered by the EOU Foundation and was created to honor Lorna’s many years of dedication to the GRSA. The recipient must play a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or string bass) and play in the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra.

For more information or to apply


  • 2016-2017:  Dillon Lytsell (bass)

  • 2017-2018:  Haley Breen (viola)

  • 2018-2019: Haley Breen (viola)

  • 2019-2020: Ambrose Grief

  • 2020-2021: Ambrose Grief

  • 2021-2022: Emma Jones

Concerto/Aria Competition

The GRS offers three categories with the Concerto + Aria Competition, all with monetary compensation:

  • The Young Student category which is restricted to Sixth grade through High School age students from eastern Oregon or SE Washington.

  • The Advanced Student will be restricted to college-bound seniors in high school and students currently enrolled at a public or private University or College with a maximum age restriction of 26.

  • The Open category, instrumentalist or vocalist, will accept applicants of any age, but is restricted to those who reside in Oregon, Idaho, or Washington states.