The Jay and Marilyn Nelson Family Foundation Scholarship

Conservatory scholarship recipients performing for donors
Jay and Marilyn Nelson with Matthew Calderon and Sergio Carleo Cignarella

Conservatory of Music

The Jay and Marilyn Nelson Family Foundation Scholarship is an annual scholarship awarded to two conservatory students—one studying violin and one studying piano—who are close to graduation.

“It is joyful to see these dedicated musicians flourish under Lynn University’s professional tutelage,” said the Nelsons. “When they sign our piano after performing in our home, they leave a fond memory with wishes for their promising careers.”

The Nelsons congratulate graduating seniors Matthew Calderon and Sergio Carleo Cignarella
The Nelsons congratulate graduating seniors Calderon and Carleo Cignarella.

This year’s recipients are piano student Matthew Calderon ’18 and violin student Sergio Carleo Cignarella ’18.

“Being a Nelson Family scholar, I was not only supported financially, but more importantly was helped to achieve my goals of being the best student and musician that I can be,” said Calderon. “Having that kind of support enabled me to have more free time to be more involved in various campus activities at Lynn.”


This article is part of a four-story series, "Scholarships Transform Lives." Read more.

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