NAMM Foundation Announces William R. Gard Scholarship and President’s Innovation Award Recipients

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The NAMM Foundation announces seven recipients of the William R. Gard Memorial Scholarship and the 73 2015 President’s Innovation Award recipients. Both programs support college students pursuing careers in the music-products industry, an investment directly into the industry’s future.

“We all came into this industry through different doors, and thankfully found our place in it,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “By providing these opportunities for the next generation through the Gard Scholarship and the President’s Innovation Awards we are attracting the best and brightest young people into our industry and ensuring the long-term success of our member companies.”

Named for a former NAMM executive vice president, the William R. Gard Memorial Scholarship supports promising NAMM member employees, who are pursuing a career in the music products industry. The $2,000 scholarship goes toward academic expenses for these employees studying full time at accredited four-year universities. Scholarships are awarded annually and may be renewed for up to three additional years, provided the applicant continues to be employed by a NAMM member and maintains an overall 3.0 grade point average or higher.

Congratulations to this year’s William R. Gard Memorial Scholarship awardees:

Nicolas Falcetti
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
NAMM member: Falcetti Music

James Warren
Adrian College
NAMM member: Music and More Midwest, LLC

Kelly Riordan
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
NAMM member: Hartland Music, Inc.

Charles Lederer
SUNY Potsdam
NAMM member: Zoom North America

John “Jack” Finnegan
University of Iowa
NAMM member: Quinlan & Fabish Music Company

Jason Terry
University of South Carolina, Columbia
NAMM member: Rice Music House

Brandon Eckroth
University of St. Thomas
NAMM member: Eckroth Music

The NAMM President's Innovation Award is given to students currently enrolled in music business or music education courses. Recipients receive $600 to cover the expense of attending the upcoming NAMM Show. At the show, awardees participate in Generation Next programs, have countless networking opportunities with music industry leaders, and explore the show. Generation Next registration is now open to college students preparing for careers in the music product industry.

This year the NAMM Foundation saw a 35 percent increase in the number of President’s Innovation Award applicants over last year. Congratulations to the 73 2015 President’s Innovation Award winners listed here.

First NameLast NameUniversity
Kristen Bennett Anderson University
KariBosenFerris State University
Jarrod BrightAnderson University
ChelseaBroekemaFerris State University
AllisonBujorianAnderson University
Kate BullockSUNY Potsdam
KyleCarmackFerris State University
MeganCasasIndiana State University
EmilyCataggioUniversity of the Arts
AndreaChunkoUniversity of the Arts
ColinDeVarneyNortheastern University
JackDringBirmingham Conservatoire of Music
EmilyEdgeAnderson University
ChasEysterWestern Illionois University
NicholasFiorentinoThe University of The Arts
RobertFraticelliIndiana State University
GenevaGamblinWilliam Paterson University
RebekahGeiselmanSUNY Potsdam
ThaddiusGoldnerWestern Illinois University
AaronGroveIndiana State University
JaydnHardingWayne State College
NathanHardingWayne State College
CrystalHarrisAnderson University
ScarletHernandezUniversity Of The Arts
MarkHillUniversity of Miami
TravisHodderFerris State University
MichaelJacquotWilliam Paterson University
DakotaJonesIndiana State University
GeoffreyJonesAnderson University
JacobKiliszewskiFerris State University
JunheeKimUniversity of the Arts
NariKimSUNY Potsdam
SamuelKlapperUniversity of the Pacific
Lauren KnorrAnderson University
NicholasKudrysWestern Illinois University
NatalieKuiperAnderson University
TomLawtonSUNY Potsdam
David LebinFerris State University
NicholasLeonardSUNY Potsdam
MellisaLewisFerris State University
TylerLyonsThe University of the Arts
BaileyMcBroomAnderson University
SeanMcQuaidSUNY Potsdam
MichelleMeschSUNY Potsdam
James MyerSUNY Potsdam
OliviaOdetteFerris State University
KurtOlesonTufts University
KelseyOvermyerAnderson University
MelaniePasslerWilliam Paterson University
GretchenPieningUniversity of the Arts
JacobPowellAnderson University
JessicaProutyBerklee College of Music
CourtneyReckerAnderson University
HannahRobertsSUNY Potsdam
Andrew RohrabaughAnderson University
MichaelRosenbergSUNY Potsdam
Rebecca ScholldorfSUNY Potsdam
CalebScottAnderson University
LauraSekarputriBerklee College of Music
JaimeSilanoHofstra University
BrittneySmithUniversity of Evansville
HannahStanfordAnderson University
JamesStoreyIndiana State University
Elisa StropeUniversity of Nebraska-Kearney
MeghanTaylorWayne State College
DanielTrudgeonFerris State University
DominicTursiUniversity of the Arts
KatyVon Der HeideUniversity of Evansville
BrittanyWaunschHofstra University
RobertWeatherlyAnderson University
JakeWhiteFerris State University
BrookeWindsorFerris State University
AlexandraZardAnderson University