Robert and Rene Glidden
Photo courtesy of: University Advancement
May 4, 2012
By Kylie Whittaker
Endowed scholarships become a critical source of financial support for students seeking a college degree during an economic downturn.
Robert Glidden, OHIO's 19th President, and his wife, Rene, established the Robert and Rene Glidden Endowed Music Scholarship to help ensure music majors can get have access to a college degree.
"As states reduce their commitment to higher education, there is little that can be done about increases in tuition and fees, but endowed scholarships can help immensely," Robert Glidden said.
The scholarship is awarded to full-time music students who demonstrate outstanding talent on an orchestral instrument and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
"The competition for talented musicians is intense, so scholarship funds help the College of Fine Arts' School of Music as well as the individuals who are awarded them," says Robert Glidden, who served as assistant director of bands at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and then associate professor of music and director of graduate studies in music at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, before coming to Ohio University.
The newest recipients are incoming freshmen, Yuhee Kim, a violin performance major from Hartland, Mich., and Lukas Scheiffarth, a Pittsburgh, Pa., native who is pursuing a dual major in music and business. Both students said the scholarship motivates them to become better musicians and better scholars.
"I was honored to receive the scholarship and I will continue to work hard to show that I am worth the investment," says Scheiffarth.
The scholarship, established in 1998, has provided Scheiffarth with the opportunity to continue playing the violin, an instrument he picked up at the age of seven.
"This scholarship has helped me to continue to make music. I was thinking about leaving the music field, but receiving the scholarship made me consider pursuing both a music and a business degree," said Scheiffarth, who is working toward a career in music administration.
Kim, who moved to Michigan from Korea four years ago, chose OHIO because of the professors in the School of Music.
"I really like the teaching styles of my professors," she said. "They are all fair and understand that English is my second language, and if I don't understand something, they explain it until I understand."
For both Scheiffarth and Kim, the scholarship has made receiving a college education an affordable option.
"It's hard to imagine how my college career would be without the scholarship," Scheiffarth said, explaining that the financial support will be even more beneficial as tuition costs rise in the upcoming years.
Kim echos Scheiffarth's gratitude.
"It would be really tough to afford tuition without the help of this scholarship," she said, noting that attending a four-year university may not have been possible without the funds from the scholarship.
Kim is already thinking of ways she can give back to Ohio University.
"I look forward to establishing a music scholarship in the future," she said. "I want to give future students the same opportunities that have been so generously awarded to me."