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CWU to Award $10,000 in Scholarships at the 15th Annual Mariachi Northwest Festival

Central Washington University will award $10,000 in music and academic scholarships this weekend at the 15th Annual Mariachi Northwest Festival in Wenatchee.  Several two-year scholarships will be available to first-year students in the amounts up to $2,500 per year. CWU Dean of the College of the Arts and Humanities, Marji Morgan, will personally award the scholarships.

“It is an honor to represent Central Washington University at the Mariachi Northwest Festival,” said Morgan. “I am particularly pleased to be able to award scholarships to outstanding students interested in pursuing music studies at Central.”

Scholarship winners will be  chosen by the Northwest Festival Organization, and must be entering first-year students who will enroll at CWU for fall quarter 2013.

CWU has also pledged $5,000 to sponsor the festival, which helps with the costs of bringing professional musicians and artists to instruct workshops, and emphasize the importance of higher education to youth and their parents.

The Mariachi Festival benefit concert is the culmination of three days of intensive instruction in mariachi music for students. The festival highlights higher education opportunities while celebrating the musical talents of local students and the professional music instructors from Mariachi Voz de Mexico and international recording artist Beatriz Adriana.

There will be two concerts in the Wenatchee High School Auditorium, on Saturday, March 30. First will be a matinee concert at 2:00 p.m. featuring Mariachi Voz de Mexico, two large Harp Mariachi Ensembles, and Mariachi Huenachi. Tickets will be $15 per person at the door.

The Professional Gala Concert will begin at 7:00 p.m., featuring Beatriz Adriana. On-site tickets will be $30 per person. Pre-sale tickets are $25 per person and are available online at www.mariachinorthwestfestival.com. The can also be purchased in person at Ariana’s Bakery, 818 S. Wenatchee Ave., or the Wenatchee Valley Museum, 127 S. Mission Street, Wenatchee; Latino Marketplace, 730 Grant Road, East Wenatchee; and La Milpa Restaurant in Brewster.

Students from all walks of life thrive at CWU because of programs specially designed to support first-year students such as College Assistance to Migrants Program (CAMP), TRiO, Student Support Services (SSS), and more. Small class size and individual attention from professors also enhance students’ potential for academic success. About 25 percent of CWU students identify themselves as people of color, with more than 10 percent identifying as Hispanic. CWU awards degrees to a greater percentage of Hispanic students than any other state institution in Washington.


Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu