Are you a current corps member marching this summer? As you schedule your fall semester college courses, don't forget that you can apply for one of two Friends of DCI scholarships for the opportunity to receive $2,000 toward your school tuition.

More than 70 percent of drum corps participants are enrolled as full-time students at higher educational institutions, and members of the Friends of DCI program understand the financial challenges these students face with increasing tuition and text book costs.

For four years now, the Friends of DCI have supported corps members as they march back into the classroom at the end of summer following the Drum Corps International Tour.

Scholarship recipients will be chosen this summer and acknowledged at the 2010 DCI World Championships in Indianapolis. Any student who is enrolled for college level courses in the fall of 2010 and who is a current member of any Open or World Class corps competing this summer, has the opportunity to apply.

Applications can be submitted online and must be followed by two letters of recommendation and proof of enrollment.

The submission deadline for 2010 Friends of DCI Scholarship applications has been extended an additional two weeks. All application materials should be in by close of business (5 p.m. ET) on Friday, May 14.

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.