In honor of Shirley Rabb Winston, NSAL established an annual scholarship for young classical vocalists between the ages of 16 and 22. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent and promise of future success. The scholarship funds are only for private study, for special training or for personal advancement in the applicant’s vocal career. They can be used for workshops, voice teachers, summer programs, etc. The funds are not for college tuition, housing or travel. The maximum amount awarded to an applicant is $5,000. In most years as many as eight to ten scholarships are awarded in varying amounts.
Shirley Rabb Winston: Shirley Rabb Winston (1920 – 2000) was the daughter of Naomi Rabb Winston. She studied voice at the Washington College of Music. During World War II, she wrote and produced entertainment for the Stage Door Canteen Junior Hostesses. She was the youngest member of the Washington Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. A professional singer, she performed in Washington D.C.’s Constitution Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall as well taking major roles in the Metropolitan Opera Touring Company and in Oklahoma on Broadway.