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Scholarship for Music Students
Established By Mary Ella Jerome Family Foundation

RELEASED: May 31, 2007

 

Mary Ella Jerome and Katherine Douglass
Mary Ella Jerome presenting the Sacia Anne Jerome String Scholarship to Katherine Douglass. (contributed photo)

EAU CLAIRE — A music scholarship honoring a 2005 University of WisconsinEau Claire graduate will provide funding to a sophomore music major for the 2007-08 academic year.

The Sacia Anne Jerome String Scholarship was established by the Mary Ella Jerome Family Foundation, Inc., to honor Sacia Anne Jerome, a cellist, performer in numerous UW-Eau Claire ensembles and niece to the Foundation's president, Mary Ella Jerome.

The two-year scholarship, established with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, will provide up to $8,000 of support to a student who is committed to music as a career and has a passion for performing.

"The Sacia Anne Jerome String Scholarship gives a deserving student a very significant monetary award and will be used by the department of music and theatre arts as an important recruiting tool for the string area," said Robert Knight, chair of the UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts. "The scholarship serves as a reminder of the wonderful talent and spirit of Sacia and her many contributions to the department when she was a student."

Sacia Jerome received a bachelor of music degree, in applied instrumental, from UW-Eau Claire. She is a versatile musician, displaying her instrumental skills on the piano, trumpet, accordion and cello.

"I established this scholarship through the family foundation to honor Sacia and her exceptional talent, character and passion for music," said Mary Ella Jerome, who is a former music teacher and management development consultant. "I believe that each person should have an opportunity to develop his or her gifts. I was supported in my growth by my family, friends and teachers. I also value the importance of giving back to others, since relationships are very important."

The first scholarship recipient is Katherine Douglass, a sophomore from Lake Elmo, Minn., who is active in the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony and various instrumental ensembles at UW-Eau Claire. She is a music education major who plans to teach instrumental music.

The student receiving the scholarship must maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA. Recipients must perform in at least one of the instrumental music ensembles at UW-Eau Claire for seven semesters, be a U.S. citizen and not be the beneficiary of another scholarship created by the Mary Ella Jerome Family Foundation, Inc., or the Marion E. Jerome Foundation.

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