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Carolyn Magruder Baughman
This fund was created in 2012 by the family of Carolyn Magruder Baughman as a meaningful tribute to her memory while also perpetuating her love of music and her belief in the power of education. The Carolyn Magruder Baughman Music Scholarship will provide support for students majoring in music at Truman State University. Carolyn was raised in Lentner and attended high school in Shelbina, Missouri where she was active in the Music Department, playing bass clarinet in the band. Upon graduation, she attended Northeast Missouri State Teacher's College (now Truman State University) as a music education major with piano emphasis. While attending college, she also had two full-time organ positions at local churches. She was involved in NEMO Singers, Cardinal Key, and Alpha Sigma Alpha. Carolyn's name was placed in the book of "Who's Who among America's Universities and Colleges" and she was elected President of her senior graduating class. Upon graduating from Truman in 1946 having earned a BSE in music education after only three years, she started her career teaching instrumental and vocal music in several Missouri and Iowa locations. She began teaching in the Marion school system in 1966 and was chosen the "Iowa State Teacher of the Year, Honoree" in 1985. She retired from the Marion school system in 1991 after 31 years of teaching public school music. Upon retirement, she was employed with Kirkwood Community College. Carolyn played the organ for over 20 years at several churches, including Kenwood Park Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids where she also served as Deacon and Elder. She also gave piano lessons throughout the years, until the time of her passing in November 2012. Her students held a special place in her heart.

Jean McGregor Bower
This scholarship was created in 1994 by Donald E. Bower ('51) to honor his wife and is designated for students majoring in music with a piano emphasis.

Lowell and Georgene Brunner
This scholarship was first established in memory of Lowell Brunner after he passed away in 2006. His wife, Georgene, passed away in 2010. Both were music educators, beginning their careers in Odessa, Missouri. They later moved to St. Louis where Lowell was the band director at Lindbergh High School, and Georgene taught elementary music in Webster Groves. Lowell was also a noted clinician and adjudicator throughout the state.

Bernice Humphrey Clark Vocal Music
This award was endowed in 1985 by Bernice Humphrey Clark ('26). Clark was involved in education from graduation through her retirement in 1973, first as a music teacher, later as a principal and finally as an elementary music supervisor.

Katherine M. Clark Music
This scholarship fund was created in 2012 by Katherine M. Clark of Reno, NV in appreciation of her education at Truman State University and in acknowledgement of a passion for music and specifically the guitar. Clark graduated from Truman State University in 1973 and went on to a career in aviation, including a front line manager with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Roger and Marcie Cody Music
This award was established by friends and colleagues to honor Dr. Roger E. Cody, professor emeritus of music, who retired in 1995 after teaching nearly 30 years. He is remembered fondly as the long-time director of jazz ensembles. It is also awarded in honor of his wife, Marcie, who had a long career in both the elementary classroom and music room and had great influence on the lives of her students. She was heavily involved in the education of university students as a master teacher and long-time patron of SAI, the women's music sorority chapter at Truman State University.

Clay Dawson Choral
This scholarship was established in 2004 as a tribute to Clay Dawson who was the director of choral activities and chairman of the voice faculty at the University for more than 25 years.

James M. and Robert G. Dillinger Memorial
This scholarship was established by the family of James M. Dillinger ('20) and Robert G. Dillinger ('58) after their deaths in 1969. The elder Dillinger, James, taught music at Hannibal LaGrange College and in the Hannibal public schools for more than 25 years. His son, Robert, taught school music for 10 years in northwest Missouri.

Marion & Lucille Dillinger Woman Band Director
This scholarship was established in 1984 by Lucille Dillinger Alexander ('42) who served as a band director and chair of the Women Band Directors National Association. She participated in band directing for more than 35 years.

Irene Jeanice Drennan Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2020 from the estate of Irene Jeanice Drennan. Scholarship recipients shall be in need of financial aid and be well-rounded, serious students with a preference for those pursuing a degree in music.

William E. and Helen Fitzsimmons
This scholarship was established by Dr. William E. Fitzsimmons and friends in memory of his wife, Helen, a fine cellist who performed with many school ensembles while her husband was Director of Orchestral Activities from 1960 to 1992. Dr. Fitzsimmons passed away November 7, 2000.

Hearst Fine Arts - Music
The Hearst Scholarships were established in 1986 through a grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The initial grant was the first in a series of gifts made by the Hearst Foundation.

Shirley Leber Hogan Woodwind
This scholarship was established in 2010 by Sharon Husmann of St. Louis, MO to commemorate her mother's record of service to music education. Mrs. Hogan, a 1956 alumnus of Truman State University (then Northeast Missouri State Teachers College) retired in 1994 from the Hazelwood School District, St. Louis County, MO, after a distinguished career as a music educator.

Holman Family Graduate Student
This scholarship fund was established in 2008 to commemorate the Holman family's long association with Truman State University. The home of Squire Paul and Meeda (Daniel) Holman was located at 1001 South Florence Street, near campus, and the family opened their home to numerous Truman students over the years. Paul served on the Truman staff, working as a custodian in Magruder Hall. They influenced their children, Charles, Wilmer and Vinita, to pursue a college education and had a positive impact on many Truman students' lives through their long association.

Michael Hooley Memorial
This scholarship was established as a memorial by the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Michael Hooley (1956-2000). Hooley was an assistant professor of percussion at Truman State University from 1990-2000. He was active in campus life, participating fully in a wide range of activities, including faculty governance and the Residential College Program. He was dedicated to his work and cared deeply for his students. Throughout his illness and chemotherapy, Hooley was concerned for his students and worried about any burden he might be placing on his colleagues. Hooley is survived by his wife, Daun Hooley, former Director of the Student Health Center, and his children Carson and Caitlin.

Dr. Arthur F. Humphreys Music Education
Upon his death in 1967, this scholarship was established by his brother, Dr. Alfred W. Humphreys, other family and friends as a tribute to a man who spent the majority of his life as a music educator. Twenty of those years were spent in higher education, of which the last two were spent at Truman as professor of music education.

Juanita McGuire Jamison Memorial Music
This scholarship was endowed by the estate of Juanita McGuire Jamison (1913) in 1974. Jamison taught art and music in public schools for 10 years before becoming a private instructor of the pipe organ.

This scholarship was established by Dr. Frederic Kirchberger and his friends in 1983. Kirchberger came to Truman in 1951 and taught music for 32 years before retiring. He passed away on January 1, 2004.

Robert Scott Marshall Memorial
This scholarship was established in loving memory of Robert Scott Marshall, better known as Smarsh by his family and friends, in order to remember his love of music and contagious humor. He was deprived of life on July 3, 1994 in a car accident in his senior year. He was actively involved with music as a euphonium and bass trombone performer, as well as a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Alpha C. Mayfield Music
Dr. Alpha C. Mayfield ('27) established this scholarship through a bequest in 1997. Mayfield was involved in music education for more than 45 years.

Marilyn E. Murphy Memorial
This scholarship is intended to assist a deserving saxophone major with his or her educational expenses. The scholarship was established in memory of Marilyn E. Murphy, a 1989 graduate of Truman State University. Marilyn was a saxophone performance major, and her activities included serving as president of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity. After graduate school at Arizona State University, she volunteered for the Peace Corps. She was assigned to Guatemala and later Ecuador, where she worked with rural families on improving nutrition and food supplies. Marilyn later joined the staff of Heifer International, where she continued to work to end world hunger. Even during her battle with cancer, she continued to be an advocate for those in need, and fought for patients' rights in the workplace. Though cancer took her life at a young age, she made a tremendous impact on all who had the privilege of knowing her, and her kindness, bravery, talent and beauty are the inspiration for this scholarship.

Vera Swingle Nelson Memorial
This scholarship was established in 2018 by John Millemon in honor of his aunt Vera (Swingle) Nelson ('54) and her children Roma (Nelson) Jones ('83) and Robert Nelson. Vera Nelson was an elementary school teacher who identified and came to the aid of children who needed extra encouragement and assistance.

David C. Nichols Excellence in Music
This multipurpose fund was established in 2010 by David and Debra Nichols of Kirksville, MO to commemorate David's 35-year record of service to the University and to provide resources to strengthen the music department. Dr. Nichols retired in 2000 after an active career as a musicologist, conductor, writer, and clarinetist/saxophonist.

Debra Fortenberry Nichols Brass
This scholarship was established in 2004 by Debra Fortenberry Nichols and Dr. David C. Nichols in honor of Dr. Gregory Jones, Professor of Trumpet, in recognition of his contributions to music at Truman State University.

Colonel Thomas H. Palmatier Music Education
This scholarship was established in 2019 by Colonel Thomas H. Palmatier to support students who are pursuing a degree in music education at Truman. Col. Palmatier culminated a distinguished military career spanning more than 37 years as the Leader and Commander of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the largest military music unit in the United States and was the senior musician in the U.S. Armed Forces. He is now able to dedicate his efforts to music education and to maximizing the success of arts organizations as a clinician, guest conductor, and consultant. Previously he commanded the Musical Ambassadors of the Army, The U.S. Army Field Band, being the first Officer to command both of the Army’s top premier bands. His United States performances have spanned all 50 states and has appeared in 54 countries. Colonel Palmatier is an active clinician, guest conductor, and consultant on organizational structures and leadership around the world. His academic credentials include a Doctor of Music degree (Honorary) from the State University of New York, a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Education from Truman State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

Louise Dye Pearce Memorial
This scholarship was established in 2003 by RL Pearce ('49) in loving memory of his wife Louise Dye Pearce ('49). Louise received a BA in music, played the piano and cello, was active in many extracurricular activities on campus and was a member of the String Quartet. She had a love for all kinds of music and taught piano lessons for many years, instilling a lifelong appreciation of music in many of her students. Her husband established this scholarship in her memory, with the hope that each year it will help someone with the same love for music.

The Presser Foundation Award
The Theodore Presser Company is the oldest continuing music publisher in the United States. Its founder, Theodore Presser (1848-1925), is remembered not only as the publisher of The Etude music magazine and the founder of the publishing firm, but also as a philanthropist in the cause of music education. This annual scholarship is awarded by the Fine Arts Division.

Kyle Rieger Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was created in 2023 by David and Karen Rieger and Kara Rieger ('22) to provide opportunity for deserving students to receive a Truman State University education and to honor their son, Kyle ('18, '20). Kyle was a talented musician, composer, conductor, and teacher. He was the band director for the Seaside, Oregon high school, middle school, and jazz band at the time of his tragic death on May 28, 2022. Kyle had a passion for music from a young age. He graduated from Kirkwood High School in 2014 and studied music at Truman, earning a bachelor's degree in music composition in 2018, a master's degree in instrumental conducting in May 2020, and a master's degree in music education in December 2020. He was nationally recognized for his compositions, which can be found at riegermusic.com. Kyle was well loved by his professors, peers, colleagues, students, friends and family. His beautiful smile, spirited laugh, never-ending thirst for knowledge and of course his musical talents will be forever missed.

Dr. Tom V. Ritchie Memorial
This scholarship was established in 2013 in loving memory of Dr. Tom V. Ritchie by his family and friends. Dr. Ritchie taught music theory and composition at Truman State (then Northeast Missouri State University) for many years prior to his retirement in 1988. He is remembered as a skilled composer and dedicated teacher who upheld high standards to help ensure that his students would be well-prepared for their chosen career paths. Because teaching was so central to Dr. Ritchie's life, the scholarship is designated to support a student in music theory/composition who wishes to pursue a teaching career.

Nancy and Ken Seward Instrumental Music Award
This award was established in 2001 by Nancy Seward. She was an active composer of band music and spent much of her time composing. Her daughter Lynn attended Truman, recently retired as a clarinetist and Operations Chief from the Navy Band in Washington, D.C. and is currently freelancing in the Orlando area. Nancy's son Steven taught tuba at Truman as an adjunct member of the faculty and also plays in the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Seward passed away in 2003. The award was established as a competitive award for an outstanding instrumental music student with an emphasis in music education.

Eric Paul Stone Annual Piano Scholarship
This scholarship was created in February 2021 by Dale A. and Barbara Cryer Stone to provide opportunity for deserving students to receive a Truman State University education. The Stones created this scholarship in memory of their son, Eric. He was a computer engineer and enjoyed playing the piano including classical piano compositions. The Stones' intention is that this scholarship will help a student with a deep love of music.

Eric Paul Stone Piano Scholarship
This scholarship was established in February 2021 by Dale A. and Barbara Cryer Stone. The Stones created this endowment in memory of their son, Eric. He was a computer engineer and enjoyed playing the piano including classical piano compositions. The Stones hope that this scholarship will help a student with a deep love of music.

Barrett and Mae Stout Voice-Choral
This scholarship honors Dr. Barrett Stout ('15) and his wife Mae ('29). Dr. Stout was a professor of voice at Truman from 1927-1943 and was also dean of the school of music at Louisiana State University.

Karl E. Thurman and Mary Evelyn Thurman Music
This scholarship was established in 1997 for Karl E. Thurman ('43) by his sister, Mary Evelyn Thurman ('46). Karl and Mary Evelyn were both international champion baton twirlers performing and judging competitions throughout the nation. Karl introduced baton twirling as an integral part of the University's curriculum in 1939. Mary Evelyn founded Beta Tau Delta, an honor society for twirlers.

W. Everett and Nellie Maude Thurman
This scholarship was established by Karl ('43) and Mary Evelyn ('46) Thurman in 1997 out of love for their parents, Professor W. Everett and Nellie Maude (Neff) Thurman ('30). Professor Thurman served as the Supervisor of Music in the public schools of Brookfield, Mo. In 1936, he organized the Brookfield Marching Band which led the American Royal Parade in Kansas City with a triple A rating. Nellie Maude graduated from Truman State University and taught in the public schools.

Karl E. Webb
This scholarship was established in 2001 by Herbert and Robert Webb in honor of their father and his many years of service to Truman State University. Webb served as a professor of music at Truman from 1929-1946 and as head of the Division of Fine Arts from 1946-1965.

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