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Downers Grove Rotary accepting applications for music scholarship

The Rotary Club of Downers Grove is now accepting applications for their annual Charles Dickerman Music Scholarships.

Each year since 2009, the Rotary Club has presented scholarship checks to deserving high school seniors who reside in Downers Grove or the District 99 attendance area. This year both the number and value of the awards has been increased. Up to four scholarships will be awarded, including a Grand Award of $4,000.

Charles Dickerman was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Downers Grove. He was a nuclear physicist at Argonne National Laboratory who had undergraduate degrees in both physics and music. Charles stayed involved in music throughout his life and was an avid bagpiper.

An application can be downloaded at tinyurl.com/DGRotaryDickermanScholarship22. The application can also be requested by emailing musicscholarship@rotarygrovefest.com or by calling Dave Humphreys at (630) 968-5526.

These Charles Dickerman Music Scholarships are funded by proceeds from the annual Downers Grove Rotary GroveFest held each June in downtown Downers Grove, and the annual Thanksgiving Day Grove Express 5K.

The qualifications to apply for this scholarship are:

• Be a graduating senior attending a public, private, parochial, or home school, and reside in Downers Grove or the High School District 99 attendance area.


• Plan to pursue a post-secondary education program.

• Have participated in high school curricular music activities and/or extracurricular music activities.

• Composers and/or arrangers qualify for this scholarship.

• Pursuit of an undergraduate music major or minor is not required.

• Financial need is not a criterion for selection.

Applicants must have their forms submitted via email by Monday, March 28, 2022.

If selected as a finalist, candidates will then submit a video audition by Tuesday, April 19, 2022, and must be available for a virtual interview on the evening of Sunday, April 24, 2022. The scholarship winners will be announced in May.


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