Rotary to Again Hold Annual Dan Stover Music Scholarship Program

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Press Release posted 3/5/13 - Dan Stover Music Contest will take place Monday, March 25 at the LaSalle High School dining hall at 7 pm. Three monetary awards are offered for first, second and third place. Two rounds follow this competition for the winner of Monday evening. Read this article for more details and how to apply.

DAN STOVER MEMORIAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

Musically talented high school students each year participate in aRotary District 5300 program entitled the Dan Stover Memorial Music Scholarship, and winners qualify for educational awards that enable them to further their studies at an accredited college, university, or music conservatory upon high school graduation..

WHO WAS DAN STOVER AND WHY IS THIS SCHOLARSHIP NAMED AFTER HIM?

Dan Stover was an educator who always placed the student first, and his obvious respect for his students transformed the lives of countless young people. He shared his love of learning with the young, providing them with a positive role model for structuring their studies and their lives.
And Dan Stover was an accomplished musician, both as a vocalist and an instrumentalist. He was as much at home in the finals of Barber Shop Quartet competition as he was at the keyboard of his famous “Rotary” organ, serenading Club meetings and District Conferences with his unique musical wizardry. Dan Stover passed away in 1987.

HOW THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM BEGAN

The Rotary Club of Alhambra, in the year following Dan Stover’s death, established a Music Scholarship Program and Competition in Dan’s name. The program was proposed, organized, and championed by new Rotarian Christine Montan who, as Alhambra’s first woman Rotarian, quickly recognized and appreciated the talent and effectiveness of Dan Stover as a Rotarian and as a person.

The following year it “graduated” into a District program in the following year, and the rest is history. A whole generation of talented, young musicians have had the opportunity, in the name of Dan Stover, to compete against their peers, and earn funds to further their musical education. The district 5300 is offering $5000 in scholorships for the finalist.

Please present your completed applications to sierramadrerotary@hotmail.com

Applicatons and rules are available at www.district5300.org.  Go to youth- Stover- scroll to contestant application.

Here’s a video from the presentation of the 2009 awards at a Rotary meeting following the competition.

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