Rachel Worby Scholarship Applications Announced

We are pleased to announce the 21st annual Rachael Worby Scholarship for exceptional music students in the Upper Ohio Valley. One high school student who will graduate in the spring of 2023 will be selected to receive $1,000 from the Rachael Worby Scholarship Fund to be used for educational purposes in the study of music at an institution of higher education. Students must reside and attend school in West Virginia counties of Ohio, Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Tyler or Wetzel; Ohio counties of Belmont or Jefferson; or Avella, McGuffey, Trinity or Washington School Districts in Pennsylvania. Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra participants who are in at least their second year as members may apply regardless of their place of residence.

The selection process will include the following:

  • Saturday, April 8, 2023: Applications submitted.  (Emailed on or before April 8, 2023.)  Written application, essay, video or audio recording, and two (2) letters of recommendation, at least one from a musician.
  • Saturday, April 22, 2023: Morning audition and interview at West Liberty University for finalists if necessary.
  • Friday, May 12, 2023: Presentation of theRachael Worby Scholarship at the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Concert.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of talent and prospective success as a music major at an institution of higher education. To access the application and submission directions, click here.

Previous Recipients

2003 Adam Neiss-string bass, Wheeling Park High School
2004 Jill Hubbard-harp, Edison Local High School; Emily Applegarth-French horn, Edison High School
2005 Nathan Strasser-piano, Wheeling Park High School; Zachary Piper-violin, Trinity High School
2006 None awarded
2007 Peter Williams-flute, Steubenville High School, home-school; Joel Maze-guitar, Edison High School
2008 Francis Dubois-guitar, Steubenville High School; Daniel Fonner-percussion, Magnolia High School; Erin Mozzocca-voice, Wheeling Park High School
2009 William DeLelles-percussion, Steubenville High School; Alan Cline-voice/tuba, Brooke High School; Brett Weisenborn-guitar, Wheeling Central Catholic High School
2010 None awarded.
2011 Caroline Stephenson-violin, home school; Ida Cawley-bassoon, Trinity High School; Keith Michael-violin, Wheeling Park High School; John Marcel Williams-guitar, home school
2012 Henry Loh-saxophone, Wheeling Park High School
2013 Alex Gordon-piano, home school; Jacob Hruschak-alto saxophone, Brooke High School
2014 Gabrielle Reid Bennett-soprano, Brooke High School
2015 Derek Pavlic-viola and music composition, Wheeling Park High School
2016 None awarded.
2017 Shaun Hancher-tuba, John Marshall High School
2018 Kayla Gilmore-flute, Oak Glen High School; Isaac Price-French horn, Paden City High School
2019 Anna Allman-soprano, Wheeling Park High School; Robert Irvin-piano, viola, alto saxophone, Wheeling Park High School; Kailey Filben-percussion, John Marshall High School
2020 Jonah Henthorne-percussion, Wheeling Park High School; George Kester-percussion, Tyler Consolidated High School
2021 Rachel Price-soprano, Paden City High school; Sav Nelson-contrabass, tuba, John Marshall High School
2022 Olivia Miller-percussion, John Marshall High School