Scholarship Recipients

  • Music Boosters,


    It is with much joy and appreciation that I share with you the list of the Private Music Lesson
    Scholarship Recipients for the 2019-2020 School Year.


    Starting in 1961 with the award of two scholarships, the Princeton Music Boosters have supported
    the musical growth of hundreds of Princeton music students through the subsidy of private lesson
    expenses. Although private study is not required for participation in the Princeton Music program, it
    is well understood that advanced musical achievement requires this level of instruction. The
    awarding of scholarships to talented and dedicated music students not only encourages their growth
    but also has a direct impact on the quality of the overall music curriculum.


    For many years the Princeton Music Boosters have provided $10,000 in private lesson
    scholarships. Last year we increased scholarships to $12,500 in order to offer 25 scholarships at
    $500 each. This year we added two new $500 scholarships, bringing our total to $13,500 that will go
    directly back to our students!


    In addition, we offer the Joan Meier Music Major Scholarship for $750 each year. This year there was
    more than one deserving student, and we awarded two scholarships for a total of $1,500.
    If you would like to sponsor a $500 Scholarship awarded in your name or in honor of a loved one for
    the 2020-2021 school year, please let me know and I will forward you a membership form. This
    financial contribution will be due in February of 2020.


    The Wyder Family PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Tucker Asari, grade 6, cello.
    The Wyder Family had four children participate in Princeton music department: Gretchen ‘87 in Symphonic Orchestra and A
    Cappella Choir, Rachael ’89 in Symphonic Orchestra and A Cappella Choir, Jennifer ‘90 in Symphonic Orchestra and Charlie ‘92
    in Symphonic Orchestra and A Cappella Choir. Mr. and Mrs. Wyder both held positions on the Princeton Board of
    Education. Mrs. Wyder was a teacher at Princeton for her career. Mr. Wyder was a Princeton School Board member from
    1980-1987 and Mrs. Wyder has been a Princeton School Board member since 2012. Mr. Wyder served as treasurer for the
    Princeton Music Boosters, and Mrs. Wyder created the Princeton Music Booster newsletter.


    The Russell Bird PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Aidan Kenny, grade 8, trombone.
    The Russell Bird memorial scholarship is a one time named scholarship from money donated to the Boosters in memory of
    Russell Bird from the Baker Family.


    The Sam Reynolds PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Logan Hendrix, grade 7, baritone.
    Named for Princeton Music Educator. Traditionally given to a band student.


    The Susan Milligan PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Edlin Murray grade 7, violin.
    Named for beloved Princeton orchestra director, teacher, and mentor for over 20 years. Has traditionally been awarded to a
    middle school orchestra student.


    The George Parsley PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Lily Fogelson, grade 6, flute or oboe.
    Named for the first president of Music Boosters. Among other things, he took out a personal loan to help buy the first band
    uniforms. Following his passing in 1997, the Boosters named a scholarship in his honor.


    A Princeton Music Booster $500 Scholarship is awarded to Kalee Knight, grade 6, violin.
    The Jane Gandolph PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Gabby Fishel, grade 9, violin.
    Named for an early Princeton orchestra teacher. Has traditionally been awarded to an orchestra student.


    The Thomas S. Benjamin PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Leah Bracknell, grade 8, tenor saxophone.
    In memory of THOMAS S. BENJAMIN by his wife Lois G. Benjamin and eldest son, Louis K. Benjamin.


    The David J Maroon PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Aaron White, grade 10, trumpet.
    Named for Princeton Music Educator. Traditionally given to a band student.


    The Jodi Kessler PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Justine Head, grade 7, cello.


    The Burton Family PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Ellanora Jelks, grade 6, cello.

    Tom Burton is Princeton’s current Superintendent. He and his wife, Franca, have 3 children, Cailey, Bryce and Tommy.


    The Gardner and Cogorno Family PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Samantha Green, grade 7, bassoon.


    The Tom and Karin Benjamin Family PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Madeline Walton, grade 7, oboe.
    Tom is a proud graduate of Princeton High School’s Class of 1990. Their three children also are in Princeton Music; Tommy
    (Class of 2021), Ryan (Class of 2024) and Delaney (Class of 2025).


    The Simons-DeGraffenreid PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Madje Amegadzie, grade 11, voice soprano.
    Jon Myron Simons and Stacey DeGraffenreid Simons are sponsoring a scholarship for recognition of the positive impact the
    Princeton Music Department has had on themselves, their siblings and second-generation Princeton. Jon was a Drum Major.
    Stacey was in A Cappella Choir. Stacey’s siblings, Venitra, Allison, and Allen, were in A Cappella Choir. Second generation
    Princeton: Jillian Simons was in A Cappella Choir and Spectrum. Tiffany Simons was a Featured Twirler. Tatiana
    DeGraffenreid was in A Cappella Choir.


    The Kyle and Catlyn Phillips PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Mitchell Kessler, grade 6, alto saxophone.
    Students in Mr. Phillips’ classes raised funds in honor of Kyle and Catlyn’s wedding to fund this scholarship.


    The Christopher Dyer PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Renee Cox, grade 9, viola.
    Named for a Princeton graduate who was an orchestra member. A Marine, Chris was killed while serving in Iraq. Has
    traditionally been awarded to a viola student or an Evendale student.


    A Princeton Music Booster $500 Scholarship is awarded to Kyrstin Hunley, grade 10, voice alto.


    The Johnny L. Williams PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Derek Douglas, grade 9, percussion.
    Named for Princeton Music Educator. Traditionally given to a jazz student.


    The Dr. Robert Monroe PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Caleb Thompson, grade 6, bass
    Named for Princeton Music Educator. Traditionally given to an orchestra student.


    The Jane and Bob Johnson PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Wesley Anglin, grade 6, horn.


    The Wyder Family PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Emily Clausen, grade 9, cello.
    The Wyder Family had four children participate in Princeton music department: Gretchen ‘87 in Symphonic Orchestra and A
    Cappella Choir, Rachael ’89 in Symphonic Orchestra and A Cappella Choir, Jennifer ‘90 in Symphonic Orchestra and Charlie ‘92
    in Symphonic Orchestra and A Cappella Choir. Mr. and Mrs. Wyder both held positions on the Princeton Board of
    Education. Mrs. Wyder was a teacher at Princeton for her career. Mr. Wyder was a Princeton School Board member from
    1980-1987 and Mrs. Wyder has been a Princeton School Board member since 2012. Mr. Wyder served as treasurer for the
    Princeton Music Boosters, and Mrs. Wyder created the Princeton Music Booster newsletter.


    A Princeton Music Booster $500 Scholarship is awarded to Ella Hiles, grade 10, cello.


    The Jeanne Simons PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Jane Sealy, grade 9, voice alto.
    Named for an early Princeton music teacher. Has traditionally been awarded to a student from Springdale.


    The Larry Mraz PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Mary Kimble, grade 9, horn.
    Named for an early Princeton band director. Has traditionally been awarded to a brass student.


    The Jamie Holdren PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Madelyn Sherwood, grade 10, voice soprano.
    Named for Princeton Music Educator. Traditionally given to a choral student.


    The David Kirkendall PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Temple Corbett, grade 11, voice alto.
    Named for Princeton Music Educator. Traditionally given to choral student.


    The Martin Memorial PMB $500 Scholarship is awarded to Kyle Wagner, grade 6, violin.
    Funded through a gift of stock to the district. Investment results have generally supported one or two scholarships each year.
    Does not use Booster funds.


    The Joan Meier Music Major $750 Scholarship is awarded to Elizabeth Gandert, grade 12, music education.

    Elizabeth will be attending Miami University.
    Funded through Booster members donating at a high level. Joan Meier was Choir Director and District Music Coordinator for
    40 years. This scholarship is intended as a scholarship for music majors.


    The Joan Meier Music Major $750 Scholarship is awarded to Stephen Holley, grade 12, saxophone.

    Stephen will be attending Northern Kentucky University and majoring in Music Performance.
    Funded through Booster members donating at a high level. Joan Meier was Choir Director and District Music Coordinator for
    40 years. This scholarship is intended as a scholarship for music majors.

     


    I thank you for donating your time, talent, and service to the Princeton Music Boosters this school
    year. It has been an amazingly successful year, and I look forward to seeing what next year brings to
    our group, and in return, to our Viking Musicians.

     

    With much respect,


    Jodi Kessler
    Princeton Music Booster Outgoing President