Three seniors at Tualatin High School received a surprise from the Tualatin Valley Community Band this month.
In a press release on Sunday, April 26, the band's board of directors announced that the students were awarded a $500 grant through the Doug Saxton Memorial Scholarship. Saxton was a clarinet player in the TVCB who helped get the band incorporated and served as the band's first president until his death in 1997.
The TVCB established the scholarship to preserve his memory.
"All three of these worthy and talented young people exhibit the kind of dedication and focus on learning that Doug stood for," said Tualatin Valley Community Band president Phil Pasteris. "I'm pleased that we could help contribute to their education in these challenging times."
The award's recipients include Hayley Holton, who is a saxophonist at Tualatin High School. Holton plans to pursue a music education degree at Portland State University.
Another saxophone player to receive the award is David Mihuch. As for what Mihuch intends to do after high school, the talented musician plans to major in business at the University of Oregon.
The third student to receive an award is flutist Lily Roth. Roth intends to pursue a degree in mathematics and education at Utah State University.
So far, the board has presented awards to 38 students since the scholarship's inception. The scholarship is available to members, former members, and children of members of the band.
In addition, one candidate is selected from the Tigard and Tualatin high school band programs.
Eligible participants must intend to go off to college in the fall, have participated in a music program in high school, and express intent to continue to participate in a music program while in college.
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