In conjunction with a partnership with the BAND Mobile App, USBands proudly announces Emily Holland from Immaculata High School in Somerville, NJ and Seth Wood of Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas as the first recipients of the USBands Scholarship Award for excellence in musical participation and community engagement.
USBands received dozens of scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 academic year from young people who met the criteria of demonstrating magnificence in their community, articulated how their involvement in music has influenced their life and described how music will continue to have an influence in their life.
One scholarship was awarded to a student who will be pursuing further education in music, while the other scholarship was awarded to a student pursuing any higher education as defined by vocational training, conservatory, and other college degrees.
Scholarship recipients were determined by the USBands Advisory Board and initially announced at the USBands National Championships at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, NJ and AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Emily Holland from Immaculata High School wrote in her application for the USBands Scholarship, "In all honesty, it's not that I am an especially talented player or marcher- in fact, I am far from it. I have learned that to be included and welcomed by the music community you don't have to be. While extraordinary talent is always admired and appreciated, it is not a requirement to truly enjoy and get the most out of marching band and the music programs. Throughout high school, being a part of the marching band, and then branching off into other music programs offered, has given me experiences that shape me as the person I am today. The confidence to express myself, whether it be through music or with words. The opportunities and cherished memories I was given from taking an active part in something bigger than myself, and creating something magnificent, are things I will take with me the rest of my life."
Seth Wood from Colleyville Heritage High School submitted a video application and wrote, "Being in Band has taught me to think outside of myself and helps me focus on serving others. It's more than just the chance to perform in front of a crowd or the friends you make or the skills you learn, it's about the lives that are touched both those I share it with as well as my own. This is why I've chosen music to be my future career path. What I know is that the experience I've had so far has given me so many skills and opportunities that I never would have had."
Special thanks are extended to the BAND Mobile App, the official group communications partner of USBands, and USBands staff, volunteers and sponsors for their generous contributions as each student was given a financial contribution towards their future educational pursuits.
Watch for your opportunity to apply for the 2019-2020 USBands Scholarship coming later this year.