Anonymous Donor Offers Matching Gift Challenge for Paul R. Bishop Memorial Award

Paul BishopThe Paul R. Bishop Memorial Award in Choral and Vocal Music has garnered more than $18,000 in support from alumnae, family members, and friends of Bishop and the music program. As lead college for the Joint Music Program, Scripps announced the establishment of the award in August after the passing of Bishop, a beloved Scripps College staff member.

This month, an anonymous donor proposed a challenge to endow the award. The donor offered to match gifts up to $3,300 to complete the endowment at $25,000. This will allow the Paul R. Bishop Memorial Award to provide funding for students in perpetuity. The College looks to reach the $25,000 marker by the end of March 2018 and award two deserving students this spring.

“The music department’s hope is that students will use the award to further their music education,” says Charles W. Kamm, associate professor of music and director of choirs through the Joint Music Program. This award allows students to take additional voice lessons, participate in a summer music program, purchase music scores, or put it toward a graduate program in the field.

Bishop served as the staff performance accompanist for the Scripps music department and the Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges since 1975. The award commemorates Bishop’s legacy by providing scholarship support to students in the Joint Music Program whose work is exemplary. Current vocal and choral music students participating in Scripps’ voice lessons and the Joint Music Program choirs are eligible for the award.

Scripps College seeks support from alumnae, families, and friends. Gifts to the Paul R. Bishop Memorial Award for Choral and Vocal Music can enhance the creative experience for deserving music students. To make a gift, visit our giving page, click on “other,” and type “Paul R. Bishop Memorial Award” in the designation. For more information about the award, contact Colleen Murphy, director of donor relations and stewardship.

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