Oswego, NY – Oswego High School Senior Rebecca Smith has been named the recipient of the 2011 Elmer G. Hadlow Memorial Music Scholarship, which is awarded annually to an Oswego High School student who pursues an education and/or career in music.
The $500 annual scholarship was established in 2005, upon the passing of Elmer G. Hadlow, a longtime resident of Oswego, and strong advocate of music in the Oswego community. Hadlow sang for more than 50 years in church choirs, barbershop quartets and choruses throughout Oswego County and Central New York.
“We’re thrilled to present the scholarship to a student who has demonstrated a love for music throughout school and the community, all while maintaining exceptional academic grades,” said Hadlow family members. “We hope she enjoys her time at Roberts Wesleyan College, and look forward to hearing about her future endeavors.”
Chelsea Johnson was the recipient last year.
Smith, the daughter of Mark and Elizabeth Smith, plans to study Music Education at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, and plans to teach vocal and general music. She is also considering entering the field of special education or music therapy.
“Music is a way that I express my feelings and connect with people around me,” said Smith. “It is my aspiration to give my future students a positive, safe and accepting environment where they can feel comfortable expressing themselves through music, as I have had the opportunity to do.”
Smith has been extensively involved in musical programs throughout her academic career. Having participated in All-County and All-State Choruses, Chamber Singers, and four years of high school musicals, she has demonstrated her talent and aptitude for music. Smith has also been musically involved within her community and church. She is a church choir member and section leader, Community Musical Theater member, and has performed at the Oswego Speedway and Harborfest.
For more information on the Elmer G. Hadlow Memorial Music Scholarship please contact 342-2554. Students interested in applying for the music scholarship during the 2011-12 school year should pick up an Oswego High School Scholarship Application at their OHS Guidance Office.