The Rebecca and Danny Green Music Scholarship: Background information and how to apply

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 18, 2019

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By Larry Stombaugh
For the Clemmons Courier

Specific information regarding the Rebecca and Danny Green Music Scholarship can be found on the Clemmons Foundation website at Sandi Scannelli, president and CEO of the local organization, indicated that the foundation worked with John Stewart, the donor, to identify the areas where a scholarship was needed. After working with West Forsyth High School, it was determined that there was a need for a music scholarship at the school.

Scannelli described Stewart as a “remarkably generous and humble man with a great appreciation for teachers who inspire their students to learn, discover their gifts, and grow to their highest potential.” She also noted, that “he wanted to name this scholarship in honor of a music educator, and when he learned about the Greens, he was very excited that they were a teaching couple, both had extensive teaching backgrounds, and the breath of the Greens’ commitment to music education. He selected to name the scholarship in their honor.”

Stewart is a retired nuclear engineer who has had a passion for music for this entire life. It seemed fitting to establish a scholarship to honor a music student, and as a local resident it also seemed fitting for the scholarship to be awarded to a local student. “I wanted to do something for West Forsyth,” he said. “It’s a really good school.”

The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize a West Forsyth High School senior for his or her participation in, exemplary dedication, and contributions to one or more music programs. The scholarship may be used for any post-secondary program, and it is not limited to programs in music or the arts. The student must provide references from a WFHS music teacher or music leader and the student’s career advisor. Financial need is considered, but not required. The student must also exhibit integrity and good character in his or her relationships and in student life.

The amount of the award is $1,500 to be applied to tuition, books, fees and other related course expenses for post-secondary education or training leading to a degree or other recognized career credential from an accredited institution. The scholarship is a one-time award. An anonymous committee from the Clemmons Foundation will review applications each year and a scholarship recipient will be recommended to the board of directors.

The application deadline for applying for the scholarship is April 23. Students can apply online by going to the Clemmons Foundation website.

The first recipient of the Rebecca and Danny Green Music Scholarship award will be recognized at the Awards Day ceremony at West Forsyth on May 22.