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Seven Ketchikan musicians awarded music scholarships


March 30, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - Seven enthusiastic young Ketchikan musicians are recipients of Sam Pitcher Music Scholarships for 2008. The Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee awarded $500 scholarships to each of the following students: 7th grader Leslie Snodderly, 8th grader Sy Hovik, freshmen Louise Bryant and Gunnar Keizer, sophomore Niles Corporon, and seniors Trapper Bishop and April Souza. They comprise a diverse group of ages and musical areas of interest. All hope to improve their abilities, expose themselves to new challenges, and further their music education this summer at The Sitka Fine Arts Camp.

jpg Seven Ketchikan musicians

L to R: Gunnar Keizer, Louise Bryant, Niles Corporon, Sy Hovik (on drums),
April Souza, Trapper Bishop, and Leslie Snodderly.

In 2007 a challenge grant from the Reuben Crossett Foundation and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp resulted in generous contributions from the Ketchikan community. The funds that were carried over from that challenge allowed this expanded number of scholarships to be awarded in 2008. In addition, the annual winter concert, "An Evening of Jazz, Rock and Blues," presented by the McPherson Jazz Club Bands and the Kayhi Jazz Band is the primary fundraiser.

The Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships yearly to help students in grades 7-12 attend summer music programs. It was established following Sam's death in 2003 by his family and friends to honor his memory and his great love and talent for music.

Tax deductible contributions can be made at any time to the Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, 716 Totem Way, Ketchikan, AK 99901. The Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council.


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