|Departments: Music and Theatre Arts||Categories: Music - Instrumental|
|Amount||$1,200 in total awards. Depending on the number and quality of applicants, the first award of $500 will be given to the top student selected by the committee. An additional $500 in scholarships is divided among 1-3 other recipients. The number and size of the other scholarships shall be at the discretion of the committee with the minimum award amount of $150.|
|Eligibility Criteria||Awarded to students who are enrolled for the next academic year in the Blugold Marching Band (BMB). Applicants must also be involved in working with high school and/or middle school band programs in the Chippewa Valley. Awardee should be dedicated to the well-being of the Blugold Marching Band and be serving in a leadership role.|
|Application Procedure||Go to the Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network. For first time music students, complete the Music and Theatre Arts Audition Application. For continuing music students, complete the Music and Theatre Arts Scholarship Application.|
|Selection Procedure||A committee appointed by the department chair and chaired by the Blugold Marching Band director shall review applications and select recipients. The award of $500 shall be made to the top student selected by the committee.|
|Notification||The recipient of the scholarship will receive official notification from the department of Music and Theatre Arts.|
Northwestern Bank, headquartered in Chippewa Falls, established this scholarship in memory of those who were involved in the tragic bus accident on October 16, 2005.
The bus transporting the Chippewa Falls High School Marching Band, its directors and several UW-Eau Claire students collided with a semi-truck on I-94. Five people were killed, including the marching band director (an alum), his wife and his granddaughter, the bus driver and a UW-Eau Claire student. In addition, several people were injured, including UW-Eau Claire students and children of former or current Northwestern Bank employees.
This scholarship honors the commitment of all those on the bus for the marching band, and recognizes those students who not only are committed to the Blugold Marching Band but who are reaching out as volunteers and staff members to support and encourage area high school marching band programs to reach their greatest potential.