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May 4, 2004
CONTACT: Kathleen Shields

EMU music therapy students win scholarships

YPSILANTI - Four Eastern Michigan University students majoring in music therapy have been awarded scholarships totaling $2,300 from state and local chapters of the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC). One of the students also will receive a $1,500 grant from the Ibex Club of Detroit.

"These students were chosen by these various organizations because they show such promise in the field of music therapy," said Michael G. McGuire, director of EMU's music therapy program. "They also were judged on their academic records, past accomplishments in performance and their commitment to achieving their goals in the arts."

Each award must be used to continue a course of study in music therapy.

The Michigan Chapter of Federated Music Clubs awarded a $500 Music Therapy Scholarship to Marisa Covert, a senior from Oscada, Mich. Covert also will receive $1,500 from the Ibex Club, an organization of women who make personal contributions every year to assist a young woman in her education.  

The Birmingham Musicale, a Birmingham, Mich. NFMC chapter, awarded a $600 scholarship to each of the following students:

•  Michelle Karpinski, a senior from Toledo, Ohio

•  Allison Rene, a senior from Ann Arbor.

•  Kimberly Smith-Ensign, a senior from Ypsilanti.

The NFMC is the world's largest philanthropic music organization. NFMC chapters include more than 70,000 members in 6,000 music-related organizations and clubs nationwide.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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