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Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative Awards Scholarships to 8 South Orange-Maplewood Students

Pictured: all award recipients, Vanessa and Charlie Pollock, Principal Aaron and Deborah Prinz of the Achieve Foundation.

From the Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative:

On December 14, while there was snow on the ground, there were some very warm hearts in the Columbia High School auditorium.  Eight teacher-nominated high school students excitedly accepted their 2017-2018 scholarships for private music instruction and/or professional grade instruments.  The awards went to:

Kamryn Coates – voice

Kim Dorvil – cello

Deshawna Exilus – violin

Nia Grace Paton- viola

Olivia Hirsch – clarinet

Matthew Lintern – voice

Mikayla Montano – violin

Elsa Noel – violin

This is the third year of scholarships awarded. We are thrilled that Vanessa and Charlie Pollock, the Pollock Properties Group and generous community donors have been able to continue to impact the lives of so many students.  Thank you for your continued support.

Vanessa Pollock thanked the Achieve Foundation and local music teachers Vanessa Parvin and Mark Murphy, “who have donated lessons to awards recipients through the VPMI this year. We love and appreciate you more than you can know.”

Almost 30 scholarships have been awarded since the inception of

The Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative was founded to help:

1. Repair/add to the Music Instrument Inventory for the entire SOMA School District.

2. Provide scholarship funds to in-need students, for the rental of band/orchestra instruments.

3. Provide private music instruction and instruments to in-need prodigious students.


Read more about the initiative here.

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