One of Conrad O. Johnson Music and Fine Arts Foundation's objectives is to follow Conrad Johnson's philosophy that music and the arts provide the discipline needed to obtain one's life goals.

For this reason, we are awarding four (4) $1,000.00 scholarships to students of the arts on January 14, 2018 at our Annual Gala, “Let the Children Play”.


Submission Deadline: Postmarked on or before July 31, 2019

  • Must be a December 2016 High School Graduate (1st year college student) or May 2019 graduate.

  • Must provide:

o   Letter of Recommendation from the Band Director or Fine Arts Director

o   Letter of Recommendation from School Administrator or School Counselor

o   Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average

o   Copy of Letter of Acceptance from College/University of choice

  • Complete the attached Scholarship Application

  • Submit a 1-page essay detailing the importance of this award, expected use of the funds, future goals and a notarized statement of commitment to return to a COJMFAF event in the future for a personal update, (i.e. how did the award help in the first year in the attainment of his/her goals) and a personal performance on a date agreed upon between the recipient and the Scholarship committee

  • Official High School transcript.

  • Applicant's photo

Completed application packages must be postmarked on or before November July 31, 2019.  Please return completed application packages to:

Grants and Scholarships
Conrad O. Johnson Music and Fine Arts Foundation
1320 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

2017 Scholarship Recipients


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Shanitra Byrd

Kashmere High School
Texas State University: San Marcos

Music has been my life since I was in the third grade. I can honestly say that joining the band has changed my life completely. It’s always been a safe place for me to be myself with others who are just like me. It helped me to be more social and helped me come more out of my shell. I wanted to get more involved with the culture of my high school. I love playing the clarinet and I love being able to play my favorite songs that I listen to on the radio every day.

Ten years of happiness, playing my clarinet, but of course the most fun I have had has been being a part of Kashmere’s Thunder Soul Marching Band!


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Sage Angel Henderson

Dobie High School
San Jacinto College

I am a high school senior at Dobie High School, where I am
also enrolled in dual credit classes at San Jacinto College. After obtaining my high school diploma, I will continue at San Jacinto College completing thirty hours to get my basic classes out of the way. I will then transfer to Stephen F. Austin (SFA) University, in Nacogdoches, Texas where I will enroll in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture; majoring in Forest Wildlife Management. I have always liked science. My other passion is playing my Cello. I have played the Cello for the Pasadena Independent School District (PISD) Orchestras for the past seven years. I plan to continue to participate in college orchestras as well as volunteer for community events because I enjoy playing music.

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Kayla Byrd

Jersey Village High School
University of North Texas

Art has always been an outlet for me, weather it was drawing, writing, or playing my viola. The award is important to me because with it I’ll use it for college at the University of North Texas so that I can continue furthering my knowledge about art as my minor and study biology as my major to become an OB/GYN and possibly one day be apart of the Houston symphony, performing alongside the skilled ballerinas. Apart of my character is that when I make a promise it is important to keep it, that is why if I’m granted this award I will make it a priority to keep up with my commitment to playing with this program for any concert scheduled.


Abimael Chevez

Westbury High School
University of Houston

Well, music really shaped me and my core values. Playing music has taught me how to work as part of a team. I needed to study and practice in order to learn a piece of music, and music gives me a gateway to go to when stress overtakes my mind. Not to mention, my craft has even earned a bit of pocket cash, since some people have even given me tips for playing a famous tune on the bass or by
successfully playing a solo. It also has been a significant community  service  activity  for  me, as  I  have  performed  at  my church all four years of high school. These habits transfer to other everyday responsibilities in school, and more specifically, college.


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Anthony Johnson

Klein Forest High School
Lonestar College, Cyfair

Ever since I was little, I always dreamed about making my own video game. Seeing the beauty of these games, and experiencing their enjoyments for the past 15 years of my life. I am encouraged and motivated to express my creative ideas on how to make the game enjoyable, as well as, making the game of my dreams. Now, I’m finally taking AP computer Science so I could do such things. I’m also taking Dual Credit classes from the Lonestar College Program at my high school, Klein Forest. In hopes upon receiving
the financial aid from this scholarship, I would use it to progress my coding skills to use it in the gaming industries tier as well as to lower the cost so my parents won’t have to struggle to get me into college by extending their retirement dates.

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Joshua Guyton

Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men
University of Houston

I want to be able to reflect while I’m in college and say I did the best I could while in high school, with no regrets. I will honestly be able to say I applied to as many scholarships as possible, and prepared myself by attending ever STEM summer course or class I could. I am interested in the engineering field and wish to pursue a mechanical engineering major in college. I want to invent new technology that will help people in their day to day life. The Conrad Johnson Music & Fine Arts Foundation Scholarship will help me pay some of the cost of college and make my dreams come true.

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Jelicia Hunt

Jelicia Hunt

Jari McCoy

Jari McCoy

2015 Scholarship Recipient

Kirk Phelps
North Shore Senior High School
Houston, TX


2011 Scholarship Recipients

Marcus D. Bell
Westbury Christian High School
Houston, TX
Instrument: Tenor Saxophone
University: Prairie View A&M


Mar'Keda Gould
Atascocita High School
Humble, TX
Instrument: Trumpet
University: Wiley College

Oren J. Forest
Humble City High School
Humble, TX
Instrument: Trumpet
University: Wiley College


Vincent B. Morris
North Shore Senior High School
Houston, TX
Instrument: Piano/Clarinet
University: North Texas State


2011 Rheuben-Allen Saxophone Winner

Chelsia Blackmon

2000 Original Scholarship Recipients

Brian Thompson, Tomeka Jackson, Shantrice Holly
Willowridge High School