On May 4, 2017, Music Doing Good launched its inaugural class of college scholarship recipients to study music. Two years in the making, Music Doing Good’s President’s Leadership Council, comprised of some of Houston’s industry leaders, helped to raise the funds for these college scholarships through concerts featuring the artists of Music Doing Good. The concerts also featured many of the students who participate in Music Doing Good’s outreach programs. A total of $280,000 will be awarded. The initial goal of $120,00 was achieved in half the time (one year), allowing the organization to double the number of scholarships and add Houston Community College as a fourth partner, as well.
Music Doing Good College-Bound Scholarships will send two students to each university — Texas Southern University, University of Houston Moores School of Music and University of St. Thomas — to complete a four-year degree. Music Doing Good is granting $40,000 per student over the next four years. Four students will have the opportunity to complete two-year associates degrees at Houston Community College in the Media Arts & Technology and Visual & Performing Arts Centers of Excellence. Music Doing Good will ensure that four music students receive $10,000 in scholarship funds to complete their degrees.
Joining President and Founder of Music Doing Good, Ms. Marie Bosarge, were Dr. Robert Ivany, Dr. Ann Fairbanks and Dr. Dominic Aquiles from University of St. Thomas. Their scholarship recipients are Lindsey Larson and Miriam Soto. Additionally, from University of Houston faculty, Dr. Andrew Davis, Dr. Blake Wilkins and Dr. Paula Myrick Short attended to announce their scholarship recipients, Adriana Black and Josh Gilliam. From Houston Community College faculty Dr. Zachary Hodges, Dr. Jimmy Adams and Dr. Colleen Reilly attended and introduced their recipients, Luther Green, Selma Butler, Natalie Valentine and Daryl Johnson. Lastly, Texas Southern University’s faculty included Dr. Austin Lane, Dr. Merline Pitre and Dr. Jason Oby introduced Breanna Lindsey and Clinton Walker.
Music Doing Good is a nonprofit arts organization that inspires and transforms children’s lives through innovative, music-based programming and performance experiences.