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University of St. Thomas
News Release
Monday, May 08, 2017

Two UST Music Students Receive $40,000 Scholarships

As part of an innovative new program, Music Doing Good has made it possible for struggling music students to complete two and four year music degrees at the university level.  Music Doing Good’s College-Bound Fund will send two students to each university – Texas Southern University, University of Houston Moores School and University St. Thomas to complete a four-year degree. Music Doing Good is granting $40,000 per student over the next four years.

Likewise, four students will have the opportunity to complete two-year associates degrees at Houston  Community College in their School of Media  Arts and Technology and Visual and Performing Arts.  Music Doing Good will ensure that four music students receive $10,000 in scholarship funds to complete their degrees.

“With the rising cost of tuition, college is not an option for so many families now. It is heartbreaking to think that many talented young people will not make it to the stage or the classroom for lack of funding. It has been my dream to establish this kind of program…and now it is a reality,” remarks Marie Bosarge, president and founder of Music Doing Good.  “This program will enable students with limited means, but exceptional musical talent to pursue their dreams as professional musicians.”

UST Scholarship Recipients

Lindsey Larson comes to UST from Lone Star College in Tomball and plans to work on a degree in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas.  She is a pianist and singer who already teaches and accompanies local choirs and bands.  Since Lindsey comes from a large family that includes a special-needs brother, she has been responsible for her own college expenses.  The Music Doing Good award will help her reach her goal of teaching and sharing music with others.

Miriam Soto  has worn many musical hats since she was a youngster.  She plays primarily percussion, but also keyboard and bass, in addition to singing.  Coming from San Jacinto Community College, Miriam and her husband, a pianist, already perform in churches and other venues.  Her goal in pursuing a University of St. Thomas music degree is to perform as much as possible and to give the gift of music to others through teaching.

“Both of these students have already begun teaching and performing,” Dr. Ann Fairbanks, chair of the Music Department, said.  “They are very grateful for the MDG scholarships because they each have had to be self-supporting for their educations. Finally, and most important, Miriam and Lindsey each have expressed in their statement their great love of music and their desire to share that love of the art with others, a trait that we see in all the MDG winners.”

Pictured: Marie Bosarge, president and founder of Music Doing Good, UST student Miriam Soto, UST President Dr. Robert Ivany, UST student Lindsey Larson, Provost Dr. Dominic Aquila and Chair of the Music Department Dr. Ann Fairbanks

Photo credit:  Quy M. Tran Photography


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