A former Niles McKinley High School student once again will be presenting a one-time $5,000 scholarship to a high-school student who plans to pursue a music degree.
The scholarship will be awarded at the band banquet scheduled for April 21.
Any senior band member is eligible for the award, which recognizes an outstanding student who wishes to pursue the field of music in college and as a career. Students are judged on their past accomplishments.
''This award is for kids that have passion and talent for music,'' band director Jason Nickell said.
According to the scholarship requirements, the winner must plan to attend a full-time music degree program and obtain at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA throughout their freshman year. The $5,000 one-time award will be paid to the student at the conclusion of their freshman year provided all requirements are met.
In the event no students expresses an interest in qualifying for the award, a donation will be made to the Niles McKinley Band Boosters.
The scholarship recipient will be selected by band director Carla Dean and Nickell. The selection is based on a student's past musical accomplishments, including solo and ensemble contests, original compositions, and their future plans to advance their talent through collegiate study and ultimately, a career in music.
All candidates were required to submit an essay to Nickell and Dean outlining their musical accomplishments and describing the role music has played in their life.
Nickell is a 1998 graduate of Niles McKinley High School. He currently lives in Bozeman, Mont., where he works as a sales manager in the field of medical sales.