In the wake of two days of auditions, the Foothills Music Club has announced its scholarship winners for the 2017-18 academic year, with six Polk County High School and Polk County Early College students receiving awards.
Foothills Music Club provides scholarships to qualified young musicians to encourage them to continue their musical studies. Applications are accepted from high school students who live in or attend school in Polk County, Rutherford County or Landrum. The financial award can be applied to the cost of lessons, purchase of music, attendance at music camp or the repair/purchase of instruments. In 2018, a total of $2,700 is being awarded.
Representing three counties, four area schools and home schools, several young musicians presented an impressive variety of vocal and instrumental solos to the judges. These performances, resulting in ties for the top four awards, were marked by a high degree of talent and accomplishment.
Polk County students receiving awards include:
Betty Van Buskirk Scholarship: pianist Cash McFarlane. Cash is a student of Elizabeth Child. She is a 10th grade student at Polk County Early College and is the daughter of Jewels McFarlane.
Kathleen Erwin Scholarship: Jacob Grigg, trombone player, and Taylor Warren, who performed on trumpet. Jacob is a 10th grade student at Polk County High School. He is the son of Julie Grigg and studies trombone with William Bryant. Taylor is a 12th grade student at Polk County Early College. She is the daughter of Scott and Tammy Warren and studies trumpet with Doug Phillips.
Awards of Recognition: pianist Ellie Booth, cellist Tristin Montgomery and violinist Juniper Walter-Eger. Ellie, daughter of Andy and Rita Booth, attends Polk County Early College and is a student of Elizabeth Child. Tristin, daughter of Jack and Susan Montgomery, attends Polk County High School and is a student of Kathleen Foster. Juniper, daughter of Andrea Walter, attends Polk County High School and is a student of Donis Schweizer.
Foothills Music Club membership and scholarship information can be found at foothillsmusicclub.org.