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Funding for Aaron Schmidt Alumni Band Scholarship complete

After four years of fundraising, APSUs Aaron Schmidt Alumni Band Scholarship is endowed.

The endowment is the result of a fundraising campaign headed by Schmidts longtime friends, Sherwin and Norma Clift, APSU alumni, and owners and agents of Keller Williams Realty, Clarksville.

We were sponsoring the Dr. Leon Bibb Scholarship when we learned the Dr. Aaron Schmidt Scholarship was under-funded and lying dormant, says Mr. Clift, who immediately took the lead in an effort to revive the scholarship, which had only $10,000.
After four years of fundraising, APSU's Aaron Schmidt Alumni Band Scholarship is endowed.

The endowment is the result of a fundraising campaign headed by Schmidt's longtime friends, Sherwin and Norma Clift, APSU alumni, and owners and agents of Keller Williams Realty, Clarksville.

“We were sponsoring the Dr. Leon Bibb Scholarship when we learned the Dr. Aaron Schmidt Scholarship was under-funded and lying dormant,” says Mr. Clift, who immediately took the lead in an effort to revive the scholarship, which had only $10,000.

With the permission, cooperation and assistance of the Schmidt family, and the aid of several former Schmidt students, fundraising efforts began in 2001.

The committee's activities included a direct mailing campaign and a benefit concert during APSU's 2003 Homecoming activities.

Years of dedication and hard work finally paid off this month, as the Schmidt Scholarship, which was established in 1983, reached just over $25,000.

“Aaron was such a dynamic person,” adds Clift, who remembers Schmidt's tremendous energy and dedication to recruiting students for APSU.

“He virtually directed every band on campus. It's fitting that his name is attached to a scholarship from which students will benefit each year.”

Schmidt, a superb clarinetist who served as director of bands from 1960-73, is credited with the creation of APSU's Mid-South Jazz Festival and honored in the University's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Qualified instrumentalists are eligible for the memorial scholarship. For further information, telephone (931) 221-7127.
—Terry Stringer