NAMM Foundation Rewards Industry-Driven Students with William R. Gard Scholarship

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The NAMM Foundation is supporting the promising careers of eight hard-working students who have earned the William R. Gard Memorial Scholarship for 2015. The award is one of several contributions that NAMM makes to strengthen the future of the music-products industry by investing in college students who wish to lead NAMM member companies.

“With this scholarship we honor the legacy of a man who guided NAMM through some of the most tumultuous decades in its history,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “We also recognize our future leaders who exemplify the spirit of service that Bill Gard displayed though his long career at NAMM.”

The William R. Gard Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of Gard, a former NAMM executive vice president. It rewards full-time students with $2,000 to help cover costs associated with higher education. To qualify, applicants must be employed by a NAMM member, and must be studying full-time at an accredited four-year university. Recipients can renew the scholarship for three more years, granted they maintain employment by a NAMM member as well as a 3.0 grade point average.

Congratulations to the new 2015 William R. Gard Memorial Scholarship winners:

  • Jonathan Blanchette

Berklee College of Music
Rick’s Musical Instruments, Inc. - Cumberland, RI

  • Michael Mullins

University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Performance Music Center – Woburn, MA

  • Jacob Erie Stiemann

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
McCaffrey Audio – Wausau, WI

  • Daniel Cavazos

Hartnell College
AGDM Music - Salinas, CA

Congratulations to the 2015 William R. Gard Memorial Scholarship renewal winners:

  • Nicolas Falcetti

University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Falcetti Music – Springfield, MA

  • Kelly Aileen Riordan

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Hartland Music, Inc. – Hartland, WI

  • John “Jack” Finnegan

University of Iowa
Quinlan & Fabish Music Company – Burr Ridge, IL

  • Brandon Eckroth

University of St. Thomas
Eckroth Music – Bismarck, ND