Community Foundation Presents 16 Music Scholarships to Area Students

FREDERICK, MD – August 3, 2015: The Community Foundation of Frederick County recently presented 16 music scholarships totaling $8,659 fromMusicScholars.resized four funds to talented young musicians, in support of vocal or instrumental music instruction and training.

The Frederick Arts Council Thelma Gross Music Scholarship provides scholarships to students who have demonstrated talent and commitment to pursuing vocal or instrumental performance and students who are pursuing private lessons to enhance skill and career development. The scholarship fund was created in memory of Thelma Gross, who was a teacher, singer, pianist, and poet, by her daughter Anne-Lynn Gross in collaboration with the Frederick Arts Council. The scholarship recipient is Emily Cofer.

The Guss Family Scholarship for the Arts supports development of vocal and or/instrumental skills for Frederick County students. The Guss Family, having witnessed the power of music in the lives of their extended family, wants to help students who have a passion for music. The scholarship recipient is Christian Naranjo.

The Courtney Muse Music Scholarship aids middle and high school students in Frederick County who have demonstrated talent and commitment and are pursuing vocal or instrumental music performance. This scholarship honors the memory of Courtney Muse, a member of the Monocacy Middle School Chorus, pianist, and musical theater enthusiast who died in a car accident, along with her brother Dustin, in December 2006. Scholarship recipients are: Christian Avallone, Joseph Brittain, Catherine Derr, Daniel Diethrich, Jordan Diethrich, Jared Diethrich, Lyra Garrett, Blair Hudnall, Arabelle Wetzel, and Justin Whitmore.

The Sperry L. Storm Memorial Scholarship provides scholarships to students attending Frederick County Public Schools for training in vocal or instrumental music performance. The scholarships are made possible through The Sperry L. Storm Memorial Scholarship Fund, which honors the memory of Mr. Storm, a well-known Frederick County musician who taught music privately for nearly 50 years and worked as a public school music educator for 35 years. Scholarship recipients are: Skyler Barden, Alexis Duda, Ava Mason, and Benjamin Smith.

These music scholarships not only benefit the community but invest in the youth of Frederick County, enabling them to pursue their dreams and achieve admirable goals. Since 1986, generous citizens have turned to the credibility and expertise of the Community Foundation to establish funds that provide scholarships to deserving students and grants to worthy nonprofit organizations, contributing more than $42 million throughout Frederick County.

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