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Please make a note if your donation goes toward the Mary Kay Polashek Student Scholarship Fund.

Mail donations to:


PO Box 1042

Ames, IA 50014


Your donations do the following and more:

  • Provide grants to local schools for orchestra programs

  • Provide scholarships for elementary and middle school students to participate in FOAS programs

  • Cover costs for FOAS programs (rentals, communications, staff, and more)

  • Provide experience for new conductors and orchestra coaches

Friends of Ames Strings is also proud to announce the establishment of

The Mary Kay Polashek Student Scholarship Fund

Mary Kay Polashek was the Orchestra Director at Ames High School from 1987-2022. Her outstanding connection with students, passion for all genres of music, innate ability to bring out the best in others, and dedication to youth orchestra programming in Central Iowa inspired thousands of young musicians. As a teacher, musician, director, and volunteer, Mary Kay created a lasting legacy!

The Mary Kay Polashek Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving high school senior who plans to continue with music education in college.

2022 Application information will be available in March of 2022.

Donate to the Mary Kay Polashek Scholarship Fund by clicking the donate button below or

mail to Friends of Ames Strings, PO Box 1042, Ames, IA 50014.

All donations specifically designated for this purpose are restricted and will only be used for this scholarship.

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