Paul M. Erwin Music Scholarship

Paul M. Erwin (1966-2014), born and raised in Vermont, was a talented composer, arranger, & musician. Erwin was a prolific composer, premiering over 200 arrangements/original works in his short lifetime. He was a vital part of the New Hampshire seacoast music community and served as conductor of the Seacoast Wind Ensemble (SWE) from 1993-2006. The SWE scholarship program is named in Erwin’s honor and supports young musicians in the ME-NH-MA seacoast region and Rutland County, VT.

Information About the Scholarship:


Description and Guidelines 

We start accepting applications on January 15


This year, in 2020, the Seacoast Wind Ensemble will award a total of $2,000 in scholarship money, to a yet-to-be-determined number of applicants. The scholarship is open to a high school student, residing in the ME-NH-MA seacoast region and Rutland County, VT, to support musical endeavors, such as: music camp, new instrument/equipment, lessons, tuition, etc. The application is due March 1; the award(s) will be announced in April/May, and will be publicly presented at a summer concert in the seacoast region. Awardees will be invited to play in the appropriate section of the ensemble during the concert where scholarship is presented. 



  • Current, entering, or graduating high school students

  • Must play a wind, brass, or percussion instrument

  • Must be a resident of one of following counties: 

    • Rockingham County (NH)

    • Strafford County (NH)

    • Essex County (MA)

    • York County (ME)

    • Rutland County (VT)


Application Process: 
Link to online application

  • Complete an online application, which includes:

    • A ~300 word statement from student re: intended use of scholarship

    • A ~300 word statement from student re: why student should be selected

  • Send one (1) letter of recommendation from music teacher (private or school)


Important Dates:

  • Applications begin being accepted: January 15 

  • Applications and letters of recommendation due by 11:59pm, March 1

  • Notification of award will be made in April/May

  • Publicly awarded at June/July seacoast concert


If you have questions about SWE's scholarship program, please contact Emily Douglas,




To Donate to the Scholarship program, please follow the link below, or mail checks payable to "Seacoast Wind Ensemble" to:

P.O. Box 633

Exeter, NH 03833


2016 Scholarship Donors:

American Legion Family of Castleton VT
Emily Douglas 

Larry Douglas

Judith Howard

Janet Polk

The Winner of the 2019 Paul M. Erwin Scholarship is Allie Ross

Allie Ross is a senior at Salem High School in southern NH.  She has been playing snare for eight years and mallet percussion for two years.  She was drum major of her school’s marching band for two years, and had the honor of conducting her band in the Fiesta Bowl Parade in Phoenix, Arizona.  Along with marching band, she has also been involved with winter percussion, pit orchestra, pep band, concert band, and jazz band within her school district.  When not playing, she likes to curl up with a good book or watch a movie. In the fall, Allie will be attending Ithaca College to pursue a degree in music education.

Juli Ennis is a soon to be Graduate of Kennebunk High School in Maine and plans to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder in the Fall of 2019  to pursue a Bachelor’s of Music Degree with a concentration in Percussion Performance. Juli has been playing percussion since the third grade and has been actively involved in her schools’ and other band programs since. She is in the Kennebunk High School wind ensemble, jazz band, pit orchestra, and is a member of the Tri-M (modern music masters) community service organization. Juli is also the percussion section leader of her high school band and an Assistant Band Director. Outside of high school, Juli is a member of the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble and Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra. Throughout her years in high school she has also participated in the Sanford Marching Band and Indoor Percussion Ensemble. Juli is very passionate about her community service project, Project Playback which she co-founded. This nationally awarded project provides nursing home residents with Alzheimer's or other like diseases personalized playlists in an attempt to gain back some memories that they may have lost. Juli visits local nursing homes two times a week to spend time with the residents. She sings and dances with them to their favorite tunes from when they were younger. Juli loves listening to music and feels very strongly about music’s ability to affect a person’s emotions in a positive way. It is this reason that Juli wants to pursue music and hopes to perform to bring the joy of music into the lives of those who listen. When Juli isn’t practicing or performing, she is listening to jazz, film scores, pop hits from many generations, and sometimes whatever is on the radio. In addition to playing and listening to music Juli volunteers, reads books, sails, rides horses and snuggles with her two cats Jerry and Trouble and her three dogs, Josie, Bauer and Lucy.

The Winner of the 2019 Paul M. Erwin Scholarship is Juli Ennis

The Winner of the 2018 Paul. M. Erwin Scholarship is Alaina Smith

The Seacoast Wind Ensemble (SWE) is pleased to announce that Alaina Smith, of So. Berwick, ME, is the 2018 recipient of the Paul M. Erwin Music Scholarship. Alaina is a sophomore at Marshwood High School, where she is involved in a multitude of musical programs such as Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and the Winter Percussion Ensemble. This past marching season she was recognized as the most improved sophomore and has maintained high honors status throughout her high school career. She is a percussionist, with a primary focus on mallet instruments, and plays the clarinet as well. Alaina resides in South Berwick, Maine, but she has a connection to Rutland County, Vermont and Paul Erwin through her mother, who played in the Orwell Town Band that Mr. Erwin conducted in the 1980s-1990s. Alaina plans to donate the funds from this scholarship to her school’s percussion section for equipment to “not just benefit one person, myself, but instead contribute to future percussionists’ endeavors for years to come.”

The Winner of the 2017 Paul M. Erwin Scholarship is Emma Lunny 

Emma Lunny is a sophomore at Sanford High School in Maine and is a resident of the neighboring town of Springvale. Emma has been involved with music for five years. Her primary instrument is clarinet, but she also plays mellophone, marching cymbals, and is learning how to play French horn. She currently plays in her school's concert band, pep band, marching band, jazz band, winter percussion ensemble, and chorus. This year she was part of the District 1 Honors Festival on clarinet and she is an honor roll student. She says, “I am so honored to be the recipient of Paul Erwin Music Scholarship award. I will be using the funds to pay towards my nine days at Southern Maine Music Academy in July. I am so excited!” Emma will join SWE for a performance and public award of the scholarship this summer.


The Seacoast Wind Ensemble (SWE) is pleased to announce that bassoonist, Rebecca Hotz, of Lee, NH, is the 2016 recipient of the Paul M. Erwin Music Scholarship. A junior at Portsmouth Christian Academy, Rebecca has been playing bassoon for six years. An accomplished young musician, Rebecca participates in music ensembles at all levels: high school, community, All-State, and has also attended summer programs, including UNH’s Summer Youth Music School and the New England Conservatory Festival Youth Orchestra. The scholarship that she is being awarded will allow her to participate again in this Boston-based program, which is for exceptional young musicians. Rebecca will join SWE for a concert this summer, where she will be publicly awarded the scholarship. Congratulations, from every member of the SWE family!

The Winner of the 2016 Paul M. Erwin Scholarship is Rebecca Hotz 

The Winner of the 2015 Paul M. Erwin Scholarship is Sarah Hashem

The Seacoast Wind Ensemble (SWE) is pleased to announce the 2015 recipient of the Paul M. Erwin Music Scholarship. Sarah Hashem, a clarinetist, is a senior at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine and will graduate in June. Ms. Hashem has been involved in her school’s instrumental and choral ensembles, district and All State ensembles, and plays in the orchestra pits for Hackmatack Playhouse and The Rochester Opera House. In the fall, Ms. Hashem will attend the University of Southern Maine to pursue a degree in music education. She will joined SWE for a summer concert and was publicly awarded the scholarship.

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