Since 1946, the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego has held a yearly competition for instrumentalists and vocalists. Competition winners have demonstrated extraordinary education, prodigious talent and skill. Many are currently studying in prestigious universities and conservatories; many from past competitions are performing professionally in symphonies and opera companies throughout the world. Annual auditions in strings, keyboard, winds and brass and voice are held to determine winners of the scholarship.
Applicants must be residents of San Diego County, Imperial County or Baja California del Norte for a minimum of one year at the time of the preliminary audition or have been a full-time registered student (12 semester units) in a college or university in the above geographic area since the preceding September. All applicants must have reached age 16 or be a graduating high school senior, and not have reached age 24 on the date of May 27. Vocalists: All applicants must have reached age 18 or be a graduating high school senior, and not have reached age 32 on the date of the Final Audition on May 27.