SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION: A BLESSING FOR CHILDREN WHO WANT MUSIC IN THEIR LIVES

Hello, my dear friends. I hope you and your family are doing well. I am doing much better, thank you for asking. I just don’t have time to be sick. This has been a very busy week for me. Trying to keep up on what you are doing and trying to produce my 19th Annual Scholarship & Black & Gold Ball has me going almost 24-7. But that is OK because I love what I do.

This year the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund has seven scholarship recipients. We had 43 children audition. Because of lack of funds, the top seven children were chosen. The seven children that won are:

India Boone, 10, an honor roll student at Wellwood International Elementary School
Haikeem Johnson, 17, Oakland Mills High School. He voluntarily played the piano for the entertainment of a local assisted living facility. He is currently a freshman at Howard University with a goal of earning a Ph.D. in music.

Jordan Johnson, 15, is a student at Patapsco High School and plays in the Honors Band. A music student since the age of 5, he plays the piano and French horn. He hopes for a career in music engineering and audio mixing. His other goals include playing in a symphony orchestra and teaching music.

Jeriah McDowell,10, is a student at Grace Bible Baptist School and is studying percussion instruments as well as piano. He has earned fine arts and vocal music awards at his school. Jeriah has participated in musical competitions and performed in plays. His plan is to become a physician and a music teacher.

Raven S. McMillon is an honor roll student at Baltimore City College and a recipient of a national math award. While she studies music at school, she feels she can really benefit from private lessons. She plans to pursue a double major in childhood education and musical theater in college. Her dream is to perform in Broadway musicals.

Randy Omar Roberts II, 6, has been playing percussion since he was 18 months old. Without any formal lessons, he has also learned to play the keyboard and guitar. Randy attends Furley Elementary School and would like to use his scholarship to learn to play the bass guitar. Donovan Spence, 16, attends Community Initiatives Academy and has studied at Peabody Institute. He hopes to pursue his studies at Berklee College of Music or at Juliard with an ultimate goal of earning a master’s in business and a Ph.D. in music. In addition to alto, tenor and baritone sax, he plays piano, percussion, clarinet and bass clarinet.

You see my friends, the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund is in need of your financial help and support. The scholarship foundation has been such a blessing to so many children in the past 19 years. For more information go to www.rosapryormusic.com or call 410-833-9474.

I do believe I am out of space. Terrible situation! If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or e-mail me at [email protected]. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.