When well-known musician Howard Berkman suddenly died in Oct. 2011, his family, friends and the Mountain Harvest Festival established a scholarship fund to assist budding musicians who need instruments. They will consider any reasonable request.
A $1,000 scholarship will be given to someone wanting to pursue a musical career.
Tony Peters presented the scholarship funds to the two recipients for 2012, James Rose and Shianne Wright. Both received $180 for new guitars.
Wright is a tenth grader at Hotchkiss High School. "It's always been a dream of mine," Wright said about learning to play the guitar. Her mother is a singer.
She learned of the scholarship from her choir teacher, Jeannette Carey.
"Honestly I was so surprised," Wright said about winning the scholarship.
James Rose is an eighth grader with the Vision Home and Community Program. Rose purchased a new guitar with his funds. Tony Peters is his guitar teacher.
When Rose received his scholarship, he said, "I appreciate it a lot."
Howard Berkman was a much-loved singer, songwriter and guitarist who lived in Paonia.blog comments powered by Disqus