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Mark Mattison

Director of Major Gifts
Email: mattisonm@umkcfoundation.org
Phone Number: 816-235-1247

Tamara Morris

Director of Advancement
Email: morristam@umkc.edu
Phone Number: 816-235-6173

Endowments and Scholarships

The UMKC Conservatory is grateful to patrons who generously provide support for endowments and scholarships. 

Aaron Markarian/Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship

Donor: Established in memory of Aaron Markarian by friends and the UMKC Alumni Association

 

Agnes Shipman Robertson Scholarship

Donor: Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation

 

Alexander and Mary Margolis and Bernard A. Margolis Perpetual Memorial Fund for the Conservatory

Donor: Estate of Barnard A. Margolis

 

Allen W. Cronk Scholarship Fund

Donors: Family and Friends of the late Allen W. Cronk

 

Amanda Lane Harman Scholarship in Vocal Performance

Donors: Mr. and Mrs. Neal Harman and family in memory of their daughter

 

Ann M. St. John Piano Scholarship

Donor: Dr. J.D. Kelly in honor of Ann M. St. John

 

Annette and Robert Luyben Scholarship

Donors: Annette Luyben, family and friends

 

Atterbury Family Endowed Scholarship

Donors: Mary and Alan Atterbury and the Atterbury Family Foundation

 

Baker Thomas Scholarship

Donor: William Baker

 

Ballet Women's Guild Scholarship Endowment Fund

Donor: Ballet Women’s Guild

 

Barbara and Amos Roberts Endowed Scholarship

Donors: Amos and Barbara Roberts

 

Bill Baker Jr. Scholarship

Donor: William Baker

 

Bobby Watson and Pamela Baskin-Watson Scholarship in Jazz Studies

Donors: Sarah and Jim Weitzel

 

Campus Facilities Management/Lincoln College Preparatory High School Jazz Scholarship

Donor: Campus Facilities Management

 

Catherine C. Mackay Scholarship

Donor: Estate of Catherine C. MacKay

 

Catherine C. Mackay Scholarship II

Donor: Estate of Catherine C. MacKay

 

Charles Bruffy Scholarship in Choral Conducting

Donors: Friends of Charles Bruffy

 

Charles and Mary Kay Horner Scholarship

Donors: Charles and Mary Kay Horner

 

Charline Bentley and William Horace Knight Piano Scholarship

Donors: The Aeroflex Foundation and Kaye Knight Clarke in memory of her parents

 

Chautauqua Scholarship Fund

Donors: Sarah and Landon Rowland

 

Chloe Benedict Scholarship Fund

Donor: Estate of Donald Benedict

 

Claire Baldridge Memorial Endowment Scholarship

Donor: Estate of George R. Baldridge in memory of his wife

 

Clark and Ruth Achelpohl Scholarship in Jazz Studies

Donors: Clark and Ruth Achelpohl

 

Darker Face of the Earth Benefit Scholarship

Donors: Donors to “La Comedie UMKC” fundraising event

 

David Parsons Scholarship in Dance

Donors: David Parsons

 

Deborah Pavelka Hanson Music Therapy Scholarship Fund

Donors: David D. Hanson in memory of his wife Deborah

 

Dick Hyman Scholarship for Jazz Composition

Donors: John and Carol Kornitzer

 

Dickinson and Holewinski Families Endowed Scholarship

Donors: Ann K. Dickinson, Paul and Amy Holewinski

 

Dixie Lou O'Connor Morris Scholarship Fund

Donor: Phyllis M. Kraft, a former student

 

Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Scholarship

Donors: Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and Jean and John Sears

 

Dorothy Kimmell Rendina Scholarship

Donor: Phyllis and Ralph MacNaughton, family and friends

 

Dorothy Zimmer Scholarship

Donor: Dorothy Zimmer Trust

 

Dorsey and Mary Moore Jazz Scholarship Fund

Donors: Dorsey and Mary Moore

 

Douglas Enderle Honorary Scholarship in Theatre Design

Donors: Friends and colleagues of Douglas E. Enderle

               

Dr. Elizabeth Noble Scholarship

Donor: Dr. Elizabeth Noble

 

Dr. John Lee Smith, Jr. Scholarship Endowment

Donor: Dr. John L. Smith, Jr.

 

Dr. Patricia McIlrath New Theatre Guild Scholarship

Donor: New Theatre Guild

 

Dr. Shirley Ann Bean Scholarship

Donors: Marilyn and Larry McMullen in honor of Dr. Bean

 

DST Systems Conservatory Orchestra Scholarship

Donors: DST Systems, Inc.

 

Ed Fenner Memorial Jazz Scholarship Fund

Donor: Friends of Ed Fenner

 

Elizabeth Cravens Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Estate of Lorena Cravens in memory of her daughter

 

Elsberry and Gonder Families Endowed Scholarship

Donor: Elsberry Family Foundation

 

Eph Ehly Choral Conducting Scholarship

Donors: Friends and family of Professor Emeritus Eph Ehly

 

Eugene Butler Choral Conducting Scholarship

Donors: Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Butler and members of the Valley View United Methodist Church

 

Francis J. Cullinan and Baker S. Smith Jr. Scholarship

Donor: Susanne Christopher Shutz

 

Francis J. Schindler Piano Scholarship

Donor: Estate of Francis J. Schindler

 

Frederick B. Jenkins Family Scholarship

Donors: Friends and family of the late Winifred Spradling

 

Friends of the Conservatory of Music and Dance Scholarship

Donor:  UMKC Friends fo the Conservatory

 

Friends of the Conservatory Crescendo 2012 Scholarship

Donor: UMKC Friends of the Conservatory

 

Friends of the Conservatory of Music and Dance Crescendo Scholarship

Donor: Sponsors and attendees of the annual Crescendo Gala

 

Friends of the Conservatory of Music and Dance Endowed Scholarship

Donors: UMKC Friends of the Conservatory

 

Friends of the Conservatory Ovation Awards

Donors: Jane and Richard Bruening

 

George and Wendy Powell Scholarship

Donors: George and Wendy Powell

 

George F. and Mary Vee Kopf Endowed Scholarship

Donor: The late George Kopf

 

George Morgulis Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Family and Friends of George Morgulis

 

George Salisbury Jazz Scholarship

Donor: Donors to the George Salisbury Memorial Concert

 

Gerald Kemner Composition Scholarship

Donors: Friends and former students of Gerald Kemner

 

Geraldine M. Barrows Scholarship Fund

Donor: Estate of Geraldine M. Barrows

 

Gretel Sigmund Scholarship in Theatre

Donor: Estate of Gretel Sigmund

 

Guerron R. Leach Scholarship

Donors: Members of the Linwood United Church in memory of Guerron Leach

 

Lynn and Emily White Scholarship in Precollegiate Music Performance

Donor: Estate of Emily White

 

Wayne Twyman Organ Scholarship

Donor: H. Wayne Twyman

 

Hall Family Foundation Excellence in Theatre Scholarship Fund

Donor: Hall Family Foundation

 

Hardin A. Van Deursen Vocal Studies Scholarship

Donor: Estate of Hazel Van Deursen

                               

Harvey and Iola Maier Piano Scholarship

Donors: James and Dianne Maier

 

Helen S. Boylan Foundation Endowment

Donors: Helen S. Boylan Foundation and Ida Locarni and Rick and Sally Stuart

 

Helzberg Family Endowed Scholarship

Donors: Barnett and Shirley Helzberg

 

Henry Dexter Musselman Music Study Scholarship

Donor: Estate of Henry Musselman

 

Herbert Leith Stevens Memorial Endowment Scholarship

Donors: The late Zolona Stevens Moss and Dorothy Hopper in memory of their brother

 

Herbert R. Strunk Scholarship

Donor: U.S. Postal Service Federal Credit Union

 

Hilda Gibbs Scholarship

Donor: Rae Ann DeVargas

 

Honorable Karen McCarthy Theatre Scholarship

Donor: Honorable Karen McCarthy

 

Hubert J. Chartrand Piano Scholarship

Donor: Estate of Hubert J. Chartrand

 

Ingram Family Scholarship in Theatre

Donor: Ingram Family Foundation

 

Kent Barnhart Conservatory Scholarship Fund

Donors: Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Fleischer

 

Scott Francis Endowed Scholarship

Donor: J. Scott Francis

 

Jack and Trudy Gabriel Endowed Scholarship

Donors: Jack and Trudy Gabriel

 

Jack R. Stephenson Music Education Scholarship

Donors: Friends and family of Professor Stephenson

 

Jackie and John Middelkamp Scholarship

Donors: John and Jacqueline Middelkamp

 

James A. Rothwell Memorial Scholarship

Donors: Friends and family of Professor James A. Rothwell

 

Jason Grant Memorial Music Scholarship

Donor: Jane Allen

 

Jay McShann Music Scholarship

Donor: Linda McShann Gerber

 

Jazz Friends / Friends of the Conservatory Scholarship

Donors: UMKC Jazz Friends and UMKC Friends of the Conservatory

 

Jazz Friends Scholarship

Donors: Jazz Friends

 

Jeanne McIlrath Finter Memorial Scholarship in Costume

Donor: Barbara Daniels

 

Jeanne McIlrath Finter Acting Award

Donor: Barbara Daniels

Scholar: Shannon Mastel

 

Jeannette Nichols UMKC Scholarship in Theatre

Donor: Jeannette Nichols

 

Jill and Donald J. Hall, Jr. Scholarship

Donor: Jill and Don Hall, Jr.

 

Jo Anna Dale Scholarship

Donor: Jo Anna Dale

 

John and Carol Kornitzer Scholarship

Donors: John and Carol Kornitzer

 

John D. Ezell Design Scholarship

Donor: John Ezell             

               

John J. Strandberg Scholarship Fund

Donor: The late Mrs. Jane Strandberg in memory of her husband

 

John Kander Scholarship in Voice Performance

Donors: Friends and Family of John Kander

 

Joseph V. Thomas Memorial Jazz Scholarship

Donors: Friends and Family of the late Joseph V. Thomas

 

JoZach J. Miller and Peter Z. Bali Scholarship

Donors: JoZach Miller and Peter Bali

 

Kansas City Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution / Marjorie Love Scholarship Fund

Donor: KC Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

 

Kansas City Civic Orchestra Endowment Fund

Donor: Kansas City Civic Orchestra

 

Katrinka Marie Sizemore Music Scholarship

Donors: Family and friends in memory of Katrinka Marie Sizemore

 

Kerry A. Strayer Scholarship Fund

Donors: Given in memory of Kerry Strayer by his wife Gailyn and many friends and family.

 

Lee and Nadine Marts Endowment Fund

Donor: Kathy L. Marts

 

Legg Family Scholarship in Jazz Studies

Donor: Stewart and Michele Legg

 

LeRoy Pogemiller Scholarship

Donors: Family and Friends of LeRoy Pogemiller, a beloved former Professor Emeritus at the Conservatory

 

Linda and Bill Eddy Scholarship in Jazz Studies

Donors: Drs. Linda and Bill Eddy

                               

Linda and Mike Lyon Scholarship

Donors: Michael and Linda Lyon

 

Linda H. and Thomas H. Talbott Scholarship for Performing Arts Excellence

Donor: Dr. Linda Hood Talbott

 

Lorraine Watson Piano Scholarship Fund

Donor: The estate of Lorraine Watson

 

Marcia Stalder Jazz Scholarship

Donor: Merle Stalder in memory of his wife, Marcia

 

Marie Dunne Memorial Scholarship

Donors: Estate of Marie H. Dunne

 

Marvin M. Milsap Scholarship

Donor: Estate of Marvin M. Millsap

 

Mary Anne Schwartz Andrews Organ Scholarship Fund

Donor: Estate of Mary Anne Schwartz Andrews

 

Mary Bainbridge Francis Second Century Scholarship

Donor: Francis Family Foundation

 

Mary Ellen Fowler Scholarship Fund

Donor: Dr. Fred D. Fowler

 

Mary Louise Knutson Scholarship Fund

Donors: Friends and Family of Mary Louise Knutson

 

Mary Zeskey Scholarship

Donor: Estate of Charles A. Zeskey

 

McKnight Family Jazz Studies Scholarship

Donors: Dr. Sidney and Carole McKnight

 

Michael Waterford Scholarship

Donor: Michael Waterford

 

Michelle Bushman New Theatre Guild Scholarship

Donor: New Theatre Guild

 

Mike A. Greene Memorial Endowment Fund

Donors: Michael and Elizabeth “Biz” Greene and family and friends of their son Mike Greene

 

Mike and Karen Herman Jazz Heritage Award Scholarship

Donors: Mike and Karen Herman

 

Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation Student Scholarship for the UMKC Conservatory

Donors: Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation

 

Morgan-Oppenstein Acting Award

Donors: Jack Morgan, Oppenstein Brothers Foundation

 

Mrs. Edward M. Douthat, Jr. Piano Scholarship

Donors: The late Mrs. Anne Douthat and RLS Illumination Fund

 

NARAS Student Music Award Endowment

Donor: National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences

 

Noah Matthew Siegel Academy Scholarship in Piano Performance

Donors: Dr. Edward and Mrs. Debra Siegel in memory of their son, Noah Matthew Siegel

 

Noah Matthew Siegel Prize for Young Composers

Donors: Dr. Edward and Mrs. Debra Siegel in memory of their son, Noah Matthew Siegel

 

Noises Off Benefit Scholarship

Donor: Donors to “Noises Off” fundraising event

 

Ollie Gates Jazz Heritage Scholarship

Donor: Gates and Sons BBQ

 

Orene Crockett Scholarship

Donor: Estate of Orene V. Crockett

 

Patricia Busler Jones Scholarship

Donors: The Jones Family

 

Patricia Crowe Morgan Acting Internship

Donor: Jack Morgan

 

Patricia Moll Thompson Scholarship

Donor: Family of Patricia Moll Thompson

 

Polsky Family Supporting Foundation / UMKC Conservatory Scholarship

Donors: Polsky Family Supporting Foundation and UMKC Friends of the Conservatory

 

R & C Charitable Foundation Scholarship

Donors: R & C Charitable Foundation

 

Rachel Drabenstott Trustees Scholarship

Donors: Friends and family of Rachel Drabenstott and the UMKC Trustees, including memorial gifts honoring Hugh Zimmer, in memory of Rachel Drabenstott

 

Rheta Sosland Hurwitt Fund

Donors: Rheta Solsand Hurwitte

 

Richard Carrothers and Dennis D. Hennessy New Theatre Guild Scholarship

Donor: New Theatre Guild

               

Richard Cass Piano Scholarship

Donor: Friends and former students in memory of the late Professor Emeritus Richard Cass

 

Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Costume Design

Donor: Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank

 

Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sound Design

Donor: Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank

 

Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts Scholarship in Theatre

Donor: Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank

 

Rita Meiners Oglesby and Jacqueline Meiners Meilink Scholarship Fund

Donor: Dorothy Meiners in honor of her daughters Rita and Jacqueline

 

Rodney Cover Piano Scholarship

Donor: Rodney Cover

 

Rose and Art Johnson Instrumental Music Scholarship

Donors: Dr. Thomas and Alice Miller

 

Rose Bruening Dunn Performance Scholarship

Donor: Maureen Costello

 

Ruth and Lowell Williams Endowed Scholarship

Donors: Becky and Phil Smith

 

Ruth and Lowell Williams Jazz Scholarship

Donor: Becky and Phil Smith

 

Ryan M. Greenberg Guitar Scholarship

Donor: Mr. and Mrs. Larry Greenberg and family in memory of their son Ryan M. Greenberg

 

Sally Kemper Wood Scholarship

Donor: Thomas and Sally Wood Family Foundation

 

Saragusta Ray Diggs Scholarship Fund for the Conservatory

Donor: The late Saragusta Diggs

 

Second Century Scholarship

Donors: Members of the congregation of Second Century Church

 

Sherman M. Foster Scholarship for violin and Viola

Donor: Karen Foster in memory of her husband, Sherman Foster

 

Stanley Deacon Scholarship

Donor: Former students of the late Stanley Deacon

 

Sullivan Family Foundation Dance Scholarship

Donor: Sullivan Family Foundation

 

Sullivan Family Foundation Jazz Scholarship

Donor: Sullivan Family Foundation

 

Sunderland Family Scholarship

Donor: Sunderland Family Fund

 

Suzanne Christopher Schutz Scholarship

Donor: Suzanne Christopher Schutz

 

Suzanne Shank and Martin Smoler Scholarship

Donor: Suzanne Shank and Marty Smoler

 

Tatiana Dokoudovska Scholarship in Dance

Donors: Friends and former students of the late Tatiana Dokoudovska Scholar: Erica Lohman (B.F.A. dance

 

Thomas H. Howell Piano Scholarship

Donors: Given in memory of Tom Howell by Nancy Panzer-Howell and friends and family

               

Thomas J. Wheatley Scholarship

Donor: Estate of Thomas J. Wheatley

 

Three Sisters Benefit Scholarship

Donors: Donors to “Three Sisters” fundraising event

 

Tiberius Klausner Scholarship in Strings

Donors: Family and friends of Tiberius Klausner

 

Tom and Alice Vocal Music Scholarship

Donors: Thomas and Alice Miller

 

UMKC Trustees Anniversary Scholarship

Donor: UMKC Trustees

 

Vinson Cole Vocal Scholarship

Donor: Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank

 

Virginia French Mackie Scholarship Fund

Donors: Family and friends of Virginia French Mackie

 

Virginia Kelley Scholarship

Donor: Virginia Kelley

 

Virginia Kelley New Theatre Guild Scholarship

Donor: New Theatre Guild

 

Walter E. and Martha Cook Piano Scholarship

Donors: Mr. H. Wayne Twyman and friends of the late Professor Cook

 

Wanda Lathom-Radocy Music Therapy Scholarship

Donors: Dr. Lathom-Radocy, former professor and founder of the music therapy program, Dr. Rudolph Radocy, and Barbara Reynolds

 

Wiktor Labunski Scholarship

Donor: Former students of the late Wiktor Labunski

 

William and Fay Sollner Scholarship

Donors: William and Fay Sollner

 

William D. and Mary N. Grant Piano Scholarship

Donor: William D. and Mary N. Grant

 

Women's Committee for the UMKC Conservatory 2008 Scholarship

Donors: Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women's Committee Anniversary Scholarship

Donor: Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women's Committee for Conservatory Scholarship Fund

Donor: Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women’s Committee for the Conservatory/UMKC Trustee Scholars Endowment

Donor: Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women's Committee/David W. Hildner Jazz Scholarship Fund

Donors: Barbara and David Hildner and the Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women's Committee/Dr. Patrick B. (Rusty) and Nancy Ryan Scholarship in Vocal Studies

Donors: Dr. Patrick and Nancy Ryan and the Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women's Committee/Dr. Wilbur B. and Mary Lou Spalding Scholarship

Donors: Wilber and Mary Lou Spalding and the Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women’s Committee/Emily and Richard Ballentine Scholarship

Donors: Women’s Committee and Emily and Richard Ballentine

 

Women's Committee/Esta I. (Peggy) Dix Scholarship

Donors: Jack and Trudy Gabriel and the Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women’s Committee/George and Linda Robbins Scholarship

Donors: George and Linda Robbins and the Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women's Committee/Jane White Brown, Lydia A. White, Mahlon Kelly White Scholarship in Piano Performance

Donors: Jane White Brown and the Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women's Committee/Janice Gartrell Scholarship

Donors: The estate of Janice Gartrell and the Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women's Committee/Joanne Baker Piano Scholarship

Donors: Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory and family, friends, and former students in memory of Joanne Baker

 

Women’s Committee/Margaret and Charles Athey Scholarship

Donors: Margaret and Charles Athey and the Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women's Committee/Martha Longmire Scholarship in Vocal Studies

Donors: Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory and family, friends and former students of Martha Longmire

 

Women's Committee/Marylou and John D. Turner Scholarship

Donors: Marylou and John D. Turner and the Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women's Committee/O'Connor-Morris Family Scholarship

Donors: Dixie Lou Dixie Lou Morris in memory of her parents and in honor of her husband and two sons and the Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women's Committee/Ruth Anne Rich Piano Scholarship

Donors: Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory and family, friends and former students of Ruth Anne Rich

 

Women's Committee/Shirley and Barnett Helzberg Scholarship

Donors: Barnett and Shirley Helzberg and the Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women's Committee/Taylor Weary Scholarship Fund

Donors: Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Weary in honor of their granddaughter Taylor

 

Women’s Committee/Vivian Menees Nelson Scholarship In Voice

Donors: Dr. Robert Menees, Jr. and the Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women's Committee/Walter Jack Stelmach, M.D. and Patricia Stelmach violin Scholarship

Donors: Dr. Jack and Mrs. Pat Stelmach and friends and the Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory

 

Women’s Committee/Woman’s City Club Charitable Foundation Scholarship 

Donors: Woman’s City Club Foundation and the Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory