Professor Emeritus Robert Panerio Endowment
The endowment for Emeritus Professor Robert Panerio's scholarship has been established to fund the best and brightest incoming trumpet student accepted to CWU on an annual basis. It represents the outstanding quality and high standards that have been associated with Professor Panerio's thirty years of teaching and service at Central Washington University. We are extremely grateful for his past work and for your financial support that will continue to recognize him.
Heather DeHart Scholarship (Endowed)
Created in memory of Heather DeHart by her parents, Ron and Cathy DeHart. Heather, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music from CWU, was an energetic, enthusiastic and highly successful string educator, teaching first in the Puyallup and Federal Way School Districts before spending her last five years at Tyee Middle School in the Bellevue School District. She was killed in a tragic boating accident on Lake Washington in September, 2008. A violist, she is remember at CWU for her indefatigable enthusiasm for string education. As an instructor she was much loved by students and parents, admired by fellow teachers and considered by school administrators to be a standard bearer for teaching excellence. Scholarship recipients must be music majors in good academic standing and play a string instrument, with preference given to students majoring in music education.
John Moawad Jazz Scholarship
John Moawad, Central Washington University professor emeritus of music, is considered by many to be the dean of jazz educators on the West Coast. John received his B.Ed. in 1959 and his M.Ed. in 1963, both from Central Washington University. An award-winning music teacher, jazz mentor, and clinician, John’s professional career at CWU lasted 28 years. Serving as the head of Central’s widely respected jazz studies program from 1970-1998, he received the CWU Distinguished Professor Award in 1984. Referred to often as coach, teacher, mentor, and father figure, Moawad has touched the lives of future musicians in ways they never thought possible. His reach includes the many high school students who have taken part in the John Moawad Invitational Jazz Festival at Central, the CWU students who studied under him or took his memorable History of Jazz class, and all the jazz fans and musicians who now support "Jazz in the Valley" every summer in Ellensburg.
Central Washington University continues to build on the legacy Professor Moawad started nearly four decades ago by supporting an endowed scholarship in his name to benefit future generations of jazz students.
Donations from friends and alumni are important in strengthening this legacy. Please consider making a gift to the John Moawad Jazz Scholarship.
Herbert Bird String Scholarship – Not endowed
Named in honor of Dr. Herbert A. Bird, this scholarship was created by the Ellensburg Music Study Club. Dr. Bird is an emeritus professor of music (violin) at Central Washington University. He taught from 1947 to 1978. He attended Oberline Conservatory of Music, Columbia University and Boston University. This scholarship is awarded to music majors who play string instruments.
Elmer T. Frederick Music Scholarship (Endowed)
This scholarship was created by Mrs. Stephanie Frederick of Ellensburg. Mrs. Frederick is a retired CWU employee who worked for 14 years in the business office. Her husband, Elmer was an avid fan of the CWU Music Department. When Mr. Frederick passed away in the 80s, knowing the need students have for scholarship support, she thought she would set up a scholarship in his memory, tied to the part of the university he loved the best. Mrs. Frederick died in 2005 at the age of 92.
Name a Chair Campaign in the Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building
The beautiful 630-seat Concert Hall is offering the opportunity to link a donors name, or a name honored by a donor, permanently with music at CWU. A contribution of $250 will not only further the excellence of the music program, but dedicate a seat in the Concert Hall by inscribing a name on a brass plaque attached to the seat. This venue, which is proving to be one of the finest of its kind in the country, has unparalleled acoustical quality, visual beauty, and is providing world-class musical experiences to students, faculty, visiting artists and community audiences.
Erin Klotz Memorial (Not endowed)
Created in memory of Erin Klotz. Erin Klotz, a CWU flute major and an aspiring musicologist, died in 2001 on westbound I-90 when the car in which she was riding was hit head on by a car traveling in the wrong direction on the freeway. A strong student and talented musician, Klotz, a 1999 Kamiakin High School graduate, had earned a full scholarship to Central, where she was a Douglas Honors College student.
Juanita Davies Scholarship Endowed
Named in memory of Emeritus professor Miss Juanita Davies. Miss Davies was a member of the CWU music faculty (piano) who retired in 1965 after thirty-eight years of service. Davies Hall on the CWU Ellensburg Campus is named after her.
Loren Troxel Memorial Scholarship Not endowed
This scholarship was created in memory of CWU alumnus, J. Loren Troxel. A native of Everett, he attended Seattle's McDonald and Fairview elementary schools until his family moved back to Everett. He graduated from Everett High School and earned a bachelor's degree in music from Central Washington State College in Ellensburg in 1942. A member of the Naval Reserve, he was a "30-day wonder" trained at Columbia University as a naval officer. He was a lieutenant and communications officer on the destroyer Frazier in the South Pacific during World War II. He began in the Vancouver, Wash., school district, serving as a teacher, elementary-school principal and director of instruction between 1946 and 1959. He also was a research assistant at Washington State University where he earned a master's degree in 1948. After leaving Vancouver, he served as director of professional services for the Washington Education Association between 1959 and 1964 when he joined the Seattle Schools as coordinator of employee relations. At 6 feet 2 1/2 inches and weighing more than 200 pounds, "Trox," as friends called him, was a lanky, gentle presence with an acid wit and legendary memory who visited every one of Seattle's 85 elementary schools the first year he was named Seattle's assistant superintendent of elementary education in 1965-66.
A tenor, he and his wife, Maryon, a soprano and retired vocal-music teacher for the Shoreline Public Schools, both sang in church choirs and were members of the Seattle Chorale in the mid-60s.
Steven & Jennifer Miller Scholarships in Music Education and Teacher Preparation Endowed
Established in 1990 by friends and family of Steven and Jennifer Miller, this scholarship honors the memory of two CWU graduates tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1990. While at CWU, Steve majored in music and Jennifer majored in elementary education. Both graduated in 1989.
Steve and Jennifer had been married one month when their truck was struck from behind and both were killed. A crabapple tree was planted in their memory on the north side of the east/west wing of Davies Hall.
Preference is given to students with a 3.0 or higher GPA and who are majoring in either music education or teacher education. Preference for the Miller Scholarship in Music Education is given to a student with special learning needs.
Presser Foundation Scholarship
The Presser Scholarship is the largest award presented by the department (currently about $4,000). The funds are awarded to the department annually by the Presser Foundation. In the spring of each year, the faculty chooses an outstanding student to receive this award for the following academic year. The Theodore Presser Company is the oldest continuing music publisher in the United States. Its founder, Theodore Presser (1848-1925), is remembered not only as the publisher of The Etude music magazine and the founder of the publishing firm, but also as a philanthropist in the cause of music education. Each year the Presser Foundation awards scholarships, grants and funds specifically to further the cause of music education and music in America. This particular award is not open to, nor does it require, any additional contributions.
Ralph and Beverly Sager Music Education Scholarship - Endowed
This scholarship was established in 1988 through the generosity of Ralph and Beverly Sager. The Sagers are residents of Yakima, Washington and Ralph is a 1954 graduate of Central Washington University. After leaving CWU, Mr. Sager served as an Air Force fighter pilot for twelve years before becoming a pilot for United Airlines. He retired from United after twenty-five years of employment. Beverly also attended Central and she and Ralph met while students.
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