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Pearl Corporation announces scholarships for college-bound musicians

A Black teen plays drums
Parker Miles Blohm
Timberline High School drummer D'Andre Mack, 2019

Two "Musicians Making a Difference" college scholarships will be awarded, based on the student's contributions to their community rather than their musical abilities.

Pearl Corporation, parent of the Pearl Drum Company, offers the "Musicians Making A Difference" college scholarship initiative, awarding two $5,000 scholarships to high school musicians who have demonstrated the ability to change themselves, their community and those around them.

A diverse panel of Pearl staff and artists will select recipients based on the student's contributions to their community and not their playing or vocal ability.

The objective is to reward and inspire the youth that will shape tomorrow.

This scholarship is intended to reward high school seniors who have made significant impacts to their community. While one's musical or vocal ability is commended, that alone will not be considered for application review.

Applicants must have completed high school graduation requirements in spring 2022, should be an active member of at least one academic or community performing ensemble and/or perform as an active soloist.

The scholarship opportunity is limited to United States students only.

The 2021 winners are Isabel Michaelides, currently attending University of California at Irvine and Emmanuel Wade, now at Alabama A&M University.

Isabel Michaelides volunteered at a local senior center, performing music for senior citizens. Michaelides looks forward to participating in further research related to Alzheimer’s and dementia, while volunteering in her community and providing support to individuals and their families who are affected by these diseases.

Since age 14, Emmanuel Wade has dedicated himself to the nonprofit organization I Am Invisible Bullying and Suicide. Wade wrote a song, “I’m Invisible,” which is used by the organization and the community to spread encouragement and positivity to at-risk youth. Wade plans to continue his work helping those affected by bullying and suicide.

The deadline to apply for the 2022 "Musicians Making a Difference" scholarship is April 15, 2022. You can find all the requirements and an application on the Pearl scholarship website.

Scholarship winners will be contacted and announced in June 2022.

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.