Gino James DiMario Memorial Scholars Program

The Gino James DiMario Program offers motivated music students an opportunity to expand their studies through a year-long program that includes special recital performances, community service opportunities, concert attendance requirements, essay writing, faculty evaluations and other educational opportunities. The program culminates in a portfolio that students submit in mid-April. Student portfolios will be reviewed for Gino DiMario tuition scholarships.

DiMario Program participants must actively engage in music making and enjoyment, and demonstrate their love for and commitment to a wide range of musical experiences. Program participants are expected to represent the school in the community through performances, community service projects, and attending concerts offered by the many cultural organizations and groups in the area. Program participants also have opportunities to participate in workshops and sessions specifically for the program, such as performer etiquette and handling stage fright.

Age Categories and Awards

  • Young DiMario (Grades K-4): One scholarship of $400
  • Middle DiMario (Grades 5-8): One scholarship of $600
  • Older DiMario (Grades 9-11): One scholarship of $1,000

For more information and to apply, please contact the CCM Prep office for the DiMario Program guidelines. CCM Prep can be contacted at or 513-556-2595.

Gino: The Scholarship and the Story

Gino James DiMario, right, began his Suzuki piano studies at CCM at the age of four. Gino loved the piano and participated in many recitals, competitions and other events. Gino passed away on February 19, 2005, shortly after performing in the annual piano competition at CCM Preparatory. In his short life, he touched many. He was an enthusiastic student who loved music and invested enormous effort and continual growth throughout his studies. In his memory, a scholarship fund has been created with the generosity and support of Gino's parents, Michael and Sharron DiMario.

The scholarship program is intended to reward CCM Preparatory music students who show the determination, commitment and creativity that Gino embodied. To date approximately $20,000 in scholarships have been awarded to deserving students.

Support the Gino James DiMario Memorial Scholarship Fund by making a donation online. Please be sure to mention the DiMario Scholarship in the comment portion of your donation. Thank you for your support!


All applicants for 2019-2020 were awarded scholarships due to the Covid19 Pandemic causing recitals to be cancelled.

  • Ana Backscheider
  • Ariella Brimm
  • Daniel Chen
  • Alton French
  • Lucy Lawler
  • Trina Lee
  • Micah Miller
  • Annabel Schulte
  • Abby Wardlow
  • Winn Wirtz
  • Andrew Zhou


  • Samuel Brown
  • Aurora Wibowo
  • Bolin Yu


  • Reed Gnepper 

  • Maeve Henderson 

  • Darcy McMahon 

  • Dionne Parker 


  • Henry Campbell
  • Anthony Dorsey
  • Sebastian Morales
  • Joe Welage


  • Gina Fanelli
  • Ishana Galgali
  • Maggie Leahy
  • Luke Orth
  • Oliver Powell
  • Mina Shen


  • Sophia Suwiryo
  • Lilyanne Thoroughman
  • Faith Min
  • Madison Thiel
  • Olivia Puntenney
  • Diego Godoy


  • Chisato Fuji
  • David Godar
  • Janise Hambrick
  • Emily Susanto
  • Nicholas Wibowo


  • Katrina Chandra
  • Eli Davis
  • Yangxing Ding
  • Irena Kuan
  • Joshua Siderits
  • Juju Stojanovic


  • Zoe Cheng
  • Lauren Everett
  • Luke Lentini
  • Anna Rayburn
  • Alex Ying
  • Nicole Yoon


  • Tristan Britt
  • Gabriella Geis
  • John Nguyen
  • Abraham Mancino
  • Louise McKinney
  • Kathy Qian


  • Domenic DiFrancesco
  • Sara Dreibelbis
  • Jenny Liu
  • Natasha Saputra
  • Olivia Fehrenbach


  • Matthew Adams
  • Isabella Geis
  • Stephan Freeman
  • William Smallwood


  • Theo Baker


  • Rishabh Chatterjee
  • Sam Nash


  • Benjamin Cail
  • John Pettengill
  • Mary DeMatteo
  • Hannah Fereshtehkhou