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Austin Youth Orchestra announces Draylen Mason scholarship fund

The annual scholarship will help low-income kids in Austin enjoy the benefits of playing in a high-quality youth orchestra.
Draylen Mason, 17

AUSTIN — In honor of Draylen Mason, the Austin Youth Orchestra announced Thursday it has established the Draylen Mason Scholarship Fund.

The 17-year-old was a victim killed on March 12 by the Austin bomber. Mason, who was a member of the youth orchestra for four years, had a passion for music and was accepted into the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas in Austin.

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The annual scholarship will help low-income kids in Austin enjoy the benefits of playing in a high-quality youth orchestra.

Students who receive the $2,500 scholarship will be able to use the money to pay for private lessons, the AYO tuition and other costs.

Donations can be made by sending a check made out to the “Draylen Mason Scholarship Fund” to the Austin Youth Orchestra PO Box 5702 in Austin.

AYO said they hope the scholarships will keep Draylen's gift and spirit alive.

"Draylen was a remarkable young man," AYO said in a statement. "The Austin Youth Orchestra hopes to use his amazing life as a way to help others do what he aspired to do."