Golf outing raises more than $10,000 for scholarships
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts faculty recently raised more than $10,000 for music scholarships at the fifth annual Swinging for Scholarships golf outing and social held at the Platteville Golf and Country Club – a 25 percent increase over the amount raised last year. The scholarships will be awarded to incoming and current students who are majoring or minoring in music.
“Music programs are similar to athletics in that we are recruiting against other music schools for talented students,” said Dr. Barry Ellis, professor of music and director of bands at UW-Platteville. “Scholarship awards are paramount in attracting those students to attend UW-Platteville as music majors.”
More than $28,500 in scholarships has been awarded since the first Swinging for Scholarships took place in 2013.
For many students, receiving a scholarship can be life changing and provide many opportunities that may not have been possible without it. Caleb Mitchell, a sophomore music education major at UW-Platteville, is one such student. He received a $2,000 music scholarship in 2016.
“Receiving a music scholarship from UW-Platteville has meant a lot to me,” said Mitchell. “Not only has it helped me continue my studies, but it has helped me financially. I am very glad that I chose UW-Platteville because the music department is top notch and the music faculty are not only amazing, but very talented performers, conductors and teachers.”
After graduation, Mitchell would either like to teach band and general music or become a music director at a church.
More than 50 UW-Platteville alumni, faculty and staff as well as community members golfed in the Swinging for Scholarships event. Twenty-two businesses, organizations and individuals sponsored a hole at the event.
The event was open to everyone and included informal socials at Benvenuto’s Italian Grill and Steve’s Pizza Palace in Platteville, lunch, games, live music, silent auction and prizes. The Basin Street Boys, a musical group whose members are UW-Platteville alumni, played before golfers teed off as well as during the outing.
The event was organized by Ellis, Allen Cordingley, professor of saxophone/jazz studies at UW-Platteville, and Monte Muller, a retired UW-Platteville alumnus who served as band director in the Wisconsin public school system for 36 years, most of them at Lancaster High School and Middle School in Lancaster, Wisconsin.
Next year’s Swinging for Scholarships golf outing and social will be held in June 2018.
Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, Communications Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, email@example.com