As part of the 2021 DCI Celebration in Indianapolis, nearly $30,000 in scholarship awards were presented to World and Open Class performers.
FRIENDS OF DCI
The Friends of DCI program has been in existence for more than 30 years, and since 2007, generous contributions from its members have allowed for the Friends of DCI Scholarship Program. These scholarships assist with educational funding to help corps members in their return to the classroom after participating in the DCI Tour.
• Alexander Wood, River City Rhythm
• Marco Iannelli, Madison Scouts
JIM OTT SCHOLARSHIP
Created in memory of the legendary drum corps brass arranger and instructor, Jim Ott, this scholarship presented by S.O.M.E. is awarded to a current drum corps member who is pursuing higher education in the music field and who demonstrates leadership qualities.
• Brayden Farris, Troopers
DOUBLE BEAT SCHOLARSHIP
Geared toward percussionists, the Double Beat Scholarship aims to help ease the financial commitment of marching in a drum corps.
• Anna Koh, Madison Scouts
Jonnie’s Goodguys, created in memory of Jonathan Miller, a Star of Indiana alum who lost his life due to an aortic dissection at the age of 33, is committed to educating and advocating for early heart and aortic health, with a goal to support the drum corps activity and encourage everyone to take care of their heart at every age.
• Briana Taubert, Madison Scouts
• Zach Peycha, Blue Stars
• Ceasar Avina, Bluecoats
• Greyson Griffey, Bluecoats
FRED J. MILLER MEMORIAL MUSIC EDUCATION FUND SCHOLARSHIP
In memory of the late Fred J. Miller, founder of FJM Inc. and longtime supporter of the marching arts, the Fred J. Miller Memorial Music Education Fund Scholarship supports marching arts participants in their pursuit of a degree in music education.
• Ashley Flood, The Academy
MICHELLE OWENS SCHOLARSHIP
As a color guard member of the Crossmen and an instructor with numerous drum corps, the late Michelle Owens brought a light and warmth to all she interacted with with her infectious smile, sweet disposition and high-spirited personality. This scholarship is awarded annually to a color guard member of a World or Open Class drum corps.
• Samantha Baker, The Academy
Awarded as part of the Friends of DCI scholarship program, the Peth Scholarship, courtesy of Friends of DCI members Mary and Steve Peth, is given to a corps member pursuing any accredited higher education degree.
• Kona Yingxue He, Spirit of Atlanta
AL MOFFAT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
As the marching representative for the Zildjian Cymbal Company, the late Al Moffatt loved marching music for instilling core values in students, and this scholarship aims to help students fulfill their dreams of marching in a drum corps.
• Paul McCrea, Spirit of Atlanta
RODNEY GOODHART MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
As a drum corps judge for more than three decades, the late Rodney Goodhart contributed greatly toward representing percussion during the early beginnings of DCI. In his memory, the Rodney Goodhart Memorial Scholarship is awarded each summer to a DCI performer.
• Jeffrey Prosperie, Jr., Phantom Regiment
DON WARREN COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP
As an assistant scoutmaster, the late Don Warren began The Cavaliers as a community service project to help the boys of Logan Square Chicago. To honor the roots of this organization and his legacy into the future, The Don Warren Community Service Scholarship, administered by the Cavalier Alumni Association, recognizes DCI corps members who have exhibited remarkable community service beyond their drum corps involvement.
• Katherine Taylor, Phantom Regiment
GEORGE AND PATSY BONFIGLIO SCHOLARSHIP
The Bonfiglio Foundation was established to provide scholarships to deserving individuals who are pursuing careers in Education or the Performing Arts.
• Catherine Yang, The Cadets
Created by charter members of the Friends of DCI, Ken and Patty Richardson, the Richardson’s Scholarship is awarded each year to two corps members who wish to apply their skills toward a degree in music education.
• Tyler Hudson, Blue Knights
• Payton Conkright, The Cavaliers
IN STEP SCHOLARSHIP
The IN STEP program supports the participation of women in all facets of DCI and marching music performing arts — from corps members to staff to leadership. The IN STEP scholarship is awarded to a current DCI participating female performer, intern or corps staff member who aspires to continue working within the drum corps activity into the future.
• Emma Kieselhorst, Bluecoats
MARCHING ARTS SAFETY & HEALTH PROJECT SCHOLARSHIP
Since its inception in 2007, the DCI-sponsored Marching Arts Safety and Health Project has succeeded in bringing together health care professionals from varied disciplines to provide medical guidance and hands-on assistance to corps members during the DCI Summer Tour. This scholarship recognizes a current DCI participating performer who aspires to work as a health, wellness or safety practitioner
• Sarah Gallardo, Bluecoats