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The School for American Music wins support for scholarships

TCU Foundation demonstrates its commitment to scholarships and high-impact education

More music students in Michiana can now enroll in classes, thanks to a new grant awarded to the School of American Music in Three Oaks, Mich. The TCU Foundation, a charitable arm of the Teachers Credit Union, kicked off the year with a gift in January to the scholarship program at SAM.

“We are pleased to make this contribution in support of the School for American Music’s scholarship program,” said Angie Dvorak, Vice President of TCU Marketing and Executive Director of the TCU Foundation. “We thank you for all that you do for students in the Harbor Country area.”

Now in its 10th year, the School for American Music provides music education to students of all ages interested in playing an instrument or in voice instruction. In addition, the school presents summertime shows and Free Family Concerts, where advanced SAM students join professional musicians on stage.

“The role of SAM in providing resources to supplement music programs in this area is well-established,” said Donna M. Mitchell, Executive Director of SAM. “We’re dedicated to furthering music education as well as presenting top-notch musicians in concert.”

With an eye toward sustaining SAM’s commitment to offering music education, the school has made scholarship funding the focus of its Fund for the Future campaign, a 10-year fundraising drive to establish SAM’s endowment. The gift from TCU advances that ambition and demonstrates the Foundation’s commitment to its communities.

“We recognize the value of music in building strong communities where people want to live,” Dvorak said. “Support for the arts is not just a buzzword at TCU.”

President of the Board at SAM, Garth Taylor, said funding the scholarship program provides a safety net. “The generous support we have received secures a learning opportunity for many students during what could otherwise be impossible times,” Taylor said. “We’re grateful to those who are with us on this mission.”

Beth Oeseburg with Kendra Klint

SAM violin instructor Beth Oseburg with Kendra Klint.

The TCU Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to support the credit union’s vision of community partnering.

The School of American Music offers quality, one-on-one instruction in instrumental music, voice, and music theory and composition, delivered by experienced teachers who are also performers. The School’s mission is to provide opportunities for area residents and visitors to participate in the arts and educational programs.

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