2016 Scholarship Recipients
From a young age, I’ve always had big dreams. I can remember my father telling me to do something with my life that would get me far. When I was a little girl, I told him that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. Drawing had become my favorite hobby, one that still sticks with me to this day. He told me that I would never make any money doing that and told me to aim higher. He said, “Why don’t you become a doctor?” I twisted my nose at this, “A doctor?” I thought. For one, I didn’t like needles. And, two, I didn’t particularly like the sight of blood. However, my father’s suggestion stayed in my mind. Down the line, my feelingschanged. I discovered that I liked helping people and science soon became my favorite subject. After taking upper level classes in high school and taking biology and chemistry for two years, I had fallen in love with the sciences. When asked again what I wanted to do, I knew my profession. I had studied the heart at a basic level, but it was still enough to fuel my passion. I answered, “cardiologist” and this time, my father accepted this. Aside from my own interests in the heart and human body, I wanted to make my father proud. With the financial aid from The Conrad O. Johnson Music & Fine Arts Foundation, I could accomplish my goals.
After four long months, my time at Texas A&M has given me more than what I would have expected. I would have never thought that moving a few miles away from home would make me into the person I am today. I’m very grateful to my father, family, friends and mentors for making me into the person I am, as well. By moving into an unfamiliar environment, I have gained more knowledge and met new friends. I have learned patience, humility, and integrity. I have also learned what it truly means to really give your all to something that you’re passionate about. I’m very passionate about music, art and science. These are the very things that I have put my passion into for years. With the scholarship from the foundation, I would use it to continue to put my all into what I love at Texas A&M.
When I first started music class in elementary school, I was introduced to the different instrument families. The string family seemed complicated and did not appeal to me at first. However, my opinion about it changed when my future orchestra teacher played the violin and the viola. Like most kids I started Orchestra in middle school. The violin was my first choice, until I heard the high pitch of the instrument and chose the viola with the rich lower tone. My taste in music grew from classical to jazz, which led to auditioning for Conrad Johnson Youth Orchestra. In this organization I made new friends, learned more about the fundamentals of music, and traveled for performances. As I played in the orchestra each year, I watched different shows and performances from groups like the Houston Symphony with older string players. This had an influence on my mother and myself on being a musician and playing as a senior or majoring in music, along with my music instructors influencing me to follow music further in my career.
Now that I have completed my first semester of college at the University of Texas San Antonio, I’ve sharpened my focus in the area of my major and other areas of interest. After taking an Anthropology class and talking to many professors, I have more of an idea of what to expect majoring in this subject.
In discussing my life with other students, I found a friend with similar appreciation of classical, jazz and other music. In our discussion, we decided to form a musical group performing different types of music. I was able to complete my Gold Award for Girl Scouts, which is the highest achievement award in the organization. This award helps girls develop leadership skills and project planning. My Gold Award entitled, The Smiling Strings, focuses on the lack of music education and appreciation among young kids and music therapy for the elderly. These few monthsin college have also been stressful financially, this scholarship has helped ease some of that burden. Thank you for choosing me as a recipient; I’m incredibly grateful for your donation.
Rheuben Allen works with the likes of Kenny G, Everett Harp, Dave Koz, and many other great jazz musicians and is currently working with the Count Basie Estate to produce a new line of Count Basie Band Instruments. For many, many years, Mr. Allen has donated musical instruments in support of our organization.
Mr. Allen has generously agreed to participate in a program that donates a portion of instrument purchases to our organization. It’s simple: refer a friend’s instrument purchase to his company or purchase your instrument from him online.
The buyer types “CONRAD” in the “Coupon Code” of the Checkout Cart, and 10% of the gross purchase price is donated to the Conrad O. Johnson Music & Fine Arts Foundation. Visit www.Rheubenallen.com to make your musical instrument purchases under this special opportunity.
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