Did you know? Approximately 70 percent of current drum corps members are full-time students at higher educational institutions. Understanding the value of the drum corps experience for students, members of Drum Corps International's Friends of DCI program continue to support the performers of Marching Music's Major League with scholarship opportunities.

From the contributions of current Friends of DCI members and other drum corps fans, this year's Friends of DCI Scholarship Program will award up to two $2,000 scholarships for students to use toward academic tuition and fees.

High school seniors or college students enrolled for courses in the fall of 2011, and who are current members in good standing of an Open or World Class corps competing in the 2011 DCI Tour, may apply.

The application process includes responding to two essay questions and submitting proof of enrollment and recommendation letters. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 13, 2011. Recipients will be recognized this August at the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis.

About the Friends of DCI

Founded in 1981, the Friends of DCI (FDCI) program began with a dedicated group of some 30 passionate drum corps fans who came together and decided to donate a few dollars more than the value of their tickets, with the hope of contributing to future generations of Drum Corps International and its corps. Each year, FDCI members manage two special programs including the "Friends of DCI Scholarship," awarded to corps members who excel on the field and in the classroom, and the annual "Volunteer of the Year Awards," which acknowledges the unsung heroes who are the lifeblood of each participating corps.