Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association has encouraged students to pursue music in college since in 2004. Gage Wiggins from Minden, Iowa and Hunter Johnson from Manson, Iowa were both awarded $1,000 scholarships from Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association for the 2018-19 school year.
Applicants must be residents of Iowa pursuing an education in a music-related course of study at an accredited higher learning institution. Applications are accepted from January 30th to July 1st each calendar year. The application includes an essay from the student, two letters of recommendation, and an acceptance letter from the accredited school.
“Hunter is attending Drake University and wants to teach high school choir and eventually get his Masters,” says Cindy Stanbro, Executive Director of the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association. “Growing as a musician is a deeply satisfying experience that I hope to give to my students someday. As a music educator, I want to challenge my students and help them grow, not only as musicians, but as young adults as well. The greatest teachers in my life, my parents, have shown me that being kind, patient, and understanding is crucial to helping a student be the best they can be. I believe that once I am a teacher, my passion, dedication, and patience will inspire them just as the teachers in my life have inspired me,” says Hunter Johnson.
“Gage is a part of the Entrepreneurial Studies program at the School of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He picked up the guitar when he was banned from playing anymore PlayStation and hasn’t put it down since. He has already studied with Berklee graduate Rick Spurgin, Omaha blues legend Hector Anchondo, and jazz guitarist Brad Thomson. His goals include becoming a session/utility musician professionally and inspiring others to keep playing,” says Cindy Stanbro, Executive Director of the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association. Gage lives by the words of jazz juggernaut and harmonic explorer John Coltrane: “Invest yourself in everything you do. There’s fun in being serious.”
For more information about the scholarship process or to apply, go to www.iowarocknroll.com/scholarships. Established in 1997 as the first state rock ‘n roll music association, the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association is a statewide 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to preserve the legacy of rock ‘n roll music in Iowa by honoring achievements, educating youth, and inspiring artists.