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Mike Sharp, Jivka Jeleva, Lynn Horgan

Southeastern Community Music School to offer scholarships

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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Mike Sharp, President of First Guaranty Bank, presents Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School Director Jivka Jeleva, center, with a check to support scholarships for potential CMS students. With them is Lynn Horgan, director of development.

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School (CMS) can now offer scholarships to some students thanks to a donation from First Guaranty Bank.
     “We are very grateful for the generosity of First Guaranty Bank which has afforded us the opportunity to give scholarships to students who may not otherwise be able to afford music instruction,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Jeleva. “These scholarships will also reward music students who possess special talent and demonstrate dedication to their music education.”
     During the fall 2011 semester, CMS will offer four full scholarships to students from low income families. Jeleva said candidates must provide documentation proving that they are on a reduced or free lunch program at their schools, as well as undergo a very short audition, consisting of rhythm clapping, singing a song of their choice, or repeating a familiar tune that is played or sung to them.
     “We will also offer five tuition reduction scholarships to students who possess special talent,” Jeleva added. “Candidates will undergo an audition where they will be required to perform on their instrument two pieces in contrasting styles by memory.”
     To qualify for the scholarships based on talent, candidates must commit to being students of the Community Music School for the fall 2011 and the spring of 2012 semesters.
     Auditions are scheduled July 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Recital Hall. Parents and relatives of the candidates are welcome to attend.
     Candidates must sign up for the audition by submitting a registration form and a $5 processing fee to the Community Music School, SLU 10817, Hammond, LA 70402, no later than July 15. Scholarship recipients will be contacted by phone no later than July 29. 
     For more information or a registration form, contact the Community Music School at 985-549-5502 or

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