Three students awarded Dorothy Knost Music Scholarships

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Drew Williams

Drew Williams

Mark Jackson

Marshall University junior Ty Bender, Ohio University junior Mark Jackson and Morehead State University sophomore Drew Williams are the recipients of 2017 Dorothy Knost Music Scholarships. Each will received a $500 scholarship and use the funds to work toward a degree in Music Education. The three scholarship winners for 2017 join numerous other music students who have received Knost Music Scholarships in the past 32 years since the scholarship award was established in 1985.

At Marshall University, Bender is a member of the Marching Thunder Band and served as tuba section leader for the 2016-17 season. He is also principal tubist for the MU Symphonic Band and the Marshall Orchestra Wind Symphony. His goal is to earn a degree in Music Education and join the U.S. Navy as a member of a fleet band before he returns to teach at a local school in the Scioto County area.

While Bender has been a part of the Marshall University Band, it has played for two Conference USA championship games and two Bowl Games and marched in the 2017 New Years Day Parade in Rome, Italy.

Bender has been involved with music since the fifth grade, playing the trumpet in his school band in middle and high school until he became the first tuba player at Valley High School in ten years in his freshman year. He was a member of the Scioto County Honor Band, the Ohio University Honor Band, the Marshall Honor Band and the Ohio State University Honor Band. Bender also earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2014.

Jackson was heavily involved in music programs at Portsmouth High School where he was a four-year member of the PHS Show Choir, Expressions and Expressions Elite, and played

featured roles in three musicals. He was a member of the PHS Marching Band for five years and served as Drum Major in his senior year. He was also a member of the Jazz Band for two years and served as first chair in concert band for two years.

While in high school, Jackson was in the Scioto County Honors Music Festival Band and Choir the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir and its select group, the Cardinal Chorus, the Ohio University Honor Band and District 17 Honor Band.

This fall Jackson will serve his third year as a member of the OU Marching 110 which will participate in the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in conjunction with OU’s School of Music’s 100th Year Celebration.

After securing a teaching job in the future, Jackson hopes to work toward Master’s and Doctorate degrees in music.

Williams was a member of the Portsmouth High School marching and concert bands for four years, as well as the PHS select choir, Expressions, for two years. He also participated in the Portsmouth Wind Symphony, the Ohio University Honor Band, Distric 17 Honor Band, the PHS jazz band, the pit orchestra for PHS’s production of “Aida”, and the Scioto County Honor Band Music Festival where he won the 2016 scholarship award.

He constantly received Superior ratings in the OMEA District 17 Solo and Ensemble events at Ohio University.

During his college career he has participated in the Morehead State University Percussion Ensemble which performed for the 2017 Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association’s concert series at Shawnee State University’s Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. He has enjoyed working with children by volunteering for the Knost Summer Music Workshop for the past three years.

He wants to earn Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and teach at local high schools and ultimately achieve a PhD degree in Music Education in order to teach on the university level.

All area students interested in majoring in music education or music performance are encouraged to apply for a Dorothy Knost Music Scholarship through the Scioto Foundation’s annual spring scholarship application process.

Criteria for scholarship consideration include musical ability, high scholastic achievement, good moral character, school and community activities and evidence of financial need. Applicants also should be prepared to audition for the selection committee. Knost Scholarship applicants should be at least a junior in a Scioto County or Greenup County high school.

The scholarships may also be awarded to help fund attendance at a summer music camp at least six weeks in length.

Information about the Knost Music Scholarship may be obtained by contacting the Scioto Foundation at (740) 353-4612 or by checking the Foundation’s comprehensive scholarship locator at

Drew Williams Williams

Mark Jackson Jackson

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