Two local students awarded $1000 each for music education
Pictured above: Sarasota Chorus of the Keys Scholarship Committee Chairman Brian Clark, center, with scholarship winners Caleb Upton, left, and Matthew Vaadi, right.
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Aug. 25, 2014 Sarasota, Fla.
Two Sarasota County students, Caleb Upton and Matthew Vaadi were awarded $1000 each by the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys utilizing its Sheridan E. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund. This award recognizes promising young musicians who are heading to college.
“We have been making awards like this for many, many years and we hope to continue the tradition,” said Patrick Kilbane, president of the Chorus of the Keys. “The opportunity to help young musicians in their pursuit of making a living in the arts is truly priceless.”
Caleb Upton, a recent graduate of Venice High School, is a life-long musician and a straight-A student. He plans to become a pastor, attending Taylor University in Indiana this fall to pursue a degree in Christian education ministries with a minor in church music.
Matthew Vaadi, returning this fall to the University of Florida in Gainesville, plans to become a professional musician. His scholastic achievements, community involvement and extracurricular commitments, such as touring over the summer with a drum and bugle corps, demonstrate his commitment to his discipline.
The Sheridan E. Brown Memorial scholarship program was started in the late ’70s to help graduating seniors with their college expenses in the field of music and the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys continues to award it to two students each year. The COTK is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and accepts donations from individuals and corporate partners, with the funds invested in a variety of stocks and bonds and managed by a local stock brokerage in coordination with the Chorus’ internal scholarship investment committee.
Students interested in applying for next year’s award should email [email protected] for more information. Male high school seniors in Sarasota and Manatee Counties who have outstanding musical backgrounds and records of achievement will be considered.