Independent student content

BG Falcon Media

Independent student content

BG Falcon Media

Independent student content

BG Falcon Media

Follow us on social
  • They Both Die at the End – General Review
    Summer break is the perfect opportunity to get back into reading. Adam Silvera’s (2017) novel, They Both Die at the End, can serve as a stepping stone into the realm of reading. The pace is fast, action-packed, and develops loveable characters. Also, Silvera switches point of view each chapter where narration mainly focuses on the protagonists, […]
  • My Favorite Book – Freshwater
    If there’s one book that I believe everyone should read once in their life, it’s my favorite book – Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. From my course, Queer Literature under Dr. Bill Albertini, I discovered Emezi’s Freshwater (2018). Once more, my course, Creative Writing Thesis Workshop under Professor Amorak Huey, was instructed to present our favorite […]

College of music to offer new scholarship for freshmen

The College of Musical Arts is ready to implement its new scholarship, and although this program doesn’t pay for living expenses, supplies or tuition, it will offer recipients benefits not offered by any other scholarship.

The Hansen Music Fellowship will be awarded to new students starting in the fall as a way for the University to enhance the music program by offering benefits out of the classroom. The scholarship will be awarded to up to two incoming freshmen each year with up to eight students receiving benefits at the same time.

“I think it’s awesome that they’re able to do that. I mean, it’s money for doing something that you absolutely love,” junior music education major Alex Blosser said. “Why wouldn’t you want to do that?”

The program includes $11,000 in rewards: $3,000 as a freshman to attend a summer music program, $1,000 as a sophomore for lessons or masterclasses, $1,000 as a junior to fund an original composition for their senior recital, $3,000 for their senior year to record a debut CD or play a recital at a venue of their choice and $1,000 annually to pay for miscellaneous expenses.

“These activities that they’ll be able to do will just give them an incredible experience that they won’t be able to get anywhere else,” Department Chair of Music Performance Studies William Mathis said. “Not even at the very top music schools.”

DuWayne and Dorothy Hansen, who started the program after planning it with the University, endowed the University with all of the funds needed to continue the

program indefinitely.

DuWayne, retired chair of the music program, and Dorothy, two-time alumna of the College of Musical Arts, are longtime supporters of the music program. The couple started both the Hansen Music Fellowship and the Hansen Musical Arts Series, an event that brings renowned performers to

the University.

“We feel a very strong connection to BGSU. We lived here, we raised our daughter here, we worked with so many fantastic faculty and students here,” said DuWayne in a news release by the University. “Our goal is to help improve the music programs and the University in whatever way we can.”

While the Hansens fund the program, a faculty committee chooses which applicants to award the scholarship to.

Candidates are required to complete an interview and academic profile review with a faculty committee, show what Dean of the College of Musical Arts Jeffery Showell calls “tremendous performance ability” in an audition and score at least 26 overall on

their ACT.

Recipients will also need to maintain a 3.5 GPA at the University to keep the scholarship.

Showell said that since the scholarship will be bringing highly skilled musicians to the university, he expects to see the recipients set a positive example for the rest of the students.

“I think students sometimes learn more from their fellow music students almost more than they do from their professors because they spend more time with their colleagues,” Showell said. “To have these sort of students seated amongst the undergraduates provides a great example for everybody.”

The scholarship program will be reviewed in four to eight years to determine if it will continue. While the program could possibly end, Mathis said it should go indefinitely since it will draw musical leaders to

the program.

“It’s a great recruiting tool,” Mathis said. “The hardest part about this whole thing will be deciding which two we choose.”

Leave a Comment
Donate to BG Falcon Media
$1325
$1500
Contributed
Our Goal

Your donation will support the student journalists of Bowling Green State University. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to BG Falcon Media
$1325
$1500
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

All BG Falcon Media Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *