In 2006 the North Oregon Coast Symphony created the Sandra Stromquist Memorial Scholarship fund in memory of Sandra Diane Stromquist. Sandra taught music in the Cannon Beach, Seaside, and Astoria schools during her 32-year teaching career on the North Oregon coast. She developed Astoria's string programs, founded the Sunset Strings, and was a beloved member of the Little Ballet Theatre Orchestra and the North Oregon Coast Symphony. The music scholarship fund is used to grant scholarships to NOCS high school seniors who have played for a full concert season.
One hundred percent of all memorial donations, donations designated for scholarships, and donations for refreshments served during all NOCS performance intermissions currently make up the scholarship fund. Since these donations are restricted to scholarships only, donors do not receive perks such as free tickets to concerts or mention in the program.
Gifted to Students
Scholarship Selection Process
At the first rehearsal of the season the conductor and the scholarship committee meets with prospective high school senior musicians to describe the scholarship and candidate qualifications. Each student is handed an application detailing attendance requirements and expectations concerning musicianship. The name of the college to which the student intends to apply is requested on the form along with the student's signature.
During the year the conductor keeps a record of each candidate’s attendance and notes attitude and progress. Though the opportunity for a student to play may be limited to the instrumentation of the various scores, every student's contribution during the season is still valued. Students are judged according to the excellence of their contribution to the music and growth of their musicianship - not the amount of music played during the concert season.
At the end of the NOCS performance season all student records are reviewed by members of the scholarship committee who vote on the applicants. Scholarship award money will be set aside until the recipient has graduated from high school and has sent to NOCS proof of enrollment in an institution of higher learning. At that time a check will be made out to the academic institution in which the recipient is enrolled. It is anticipated that scholarship amounts will range from $350 to $500. Checks will be made out to the academic institutions after the scholarship recipients have enrolled in the fall.
Daphine Lillian Gann