2012 World Drum Corps Hall Of Fame Scholarship Winners

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The five winners of $1,000 scholarships from the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame are using the funds to prepare for careers as down to earth as elementary school education and as far-reaching as aerospace engineering.

The names of the scholars receiving a boost to their studies were announced during the Hall of Fame’s recent annual luncheon and induction ceremony in Rochester, New York. Hall of Fame members are invited each year to nominate a family member to receive a scholarship award of $1,000, which is paid directly to the student’s school.

To avoid any perception of bias during the selection process, the names of the student nominees are not revealed to committee members until scholastic and extra-curricular achievements are reviewed and the selections are made.

This year’s winners, their fields of study and their Hall of Fame sponsors are as follows.

Lindsay Bello, age 19, is currently a sophomore studying in the Health Science pre-med track at the University of Florida (UF), with the aim of pursuing a career in pediatrics or dermatology. Her current GPA is 4.0. She is a member of the Gold Key Honor Society at the university and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She has been named to the Dean’s List during both her semesters of study. She is a member of the UF women’s chorale and St. Augustin’s youth group. She volunteers at Shand’s Hospital at UF and with the Sidney Lanier Fitness Program for people with special needs. Her hobbies include singing, pottery, volunteering with children. Her application was sponsored by Bob Peterson.

University of Florida (UF) dates back to 1853, when the state-funded East Florida Seminary took over the Kingsbury Academy in Ocala. The seminary moved to Gainesville in the 1860s and then consolidated with the state’s land grant Florida Agricultural College. The college became a university in 1905 and was moved to Gainesville. With more than 50,000 students, UF is now one of the largest universities in the country.
Ross Cooper, age 20, is in his junior year at Virginia Tech with plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in ISE. With a GPA of 3.57, he was named to the Dean’s List in the spring and fall semesters in 2010. He is a brother and chaplain of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, a member of the Inter-Fraternity Council, Student Engineering Council, Christian Campus Outreach program and Students for Exploration and Development of Space. He is senior counselor at Westview on the James, devoting his summer to helping youngsters ages 7 to 14 during a mission trip to Brooklyn, New York. His hobbies include volleyball and hiking, graphic design and playing guitar. His application was sponsored by Dick Filkins.

Virginia Tech was founded in 1872 as a land-grant college then named Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Virginia Tech, located in Blacksburg, is now a comprehensive research university, with the largest full-time student population in Virginia, including more than 30,000 full-time students in nine colleges and a graduate school.

Chris Gumke, age 21, is in his senior year at Penn State University, studying for a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He hopes to become an airplane designer, specializing in structural vibrations. He has a GPA of 3.84 in his major courses and has been named to the Dean’s List every semester. He participates in a Penn State society that raises money for cancer patients and an organization of engineers specializing in air and spacecraft. He enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, soccer, lacrosse and golf.

His application was sponsored by Bob Zarfoss.

Penn State University is a multi-campus public research university founded in 1855 as an agricultural college. Its administrative and research hub is located at the University Park campus, with 23 other locations across Pennsylvania. Penn State is privately chartered by the Commonwealth but carries out many of the functions of a public institution to enhance the general welfare of the citizens of Pennsylvania through research, scholarship and progress in professional practice with applications in the natural and applied sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and the professions.

Amy Corso Latos, age 21, is in her senior year at the University of Rhode Island studying in elementary education and psychology, with a GPA of 3.5, in preparation for a career teaching children with special needs. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Rhode Island Honor Society and has been named to the Dean’s List five times. She is the winner of a YMCA Special Education Award for her work with autistic children and the Americorp Educational Award Kappa Delta Pi. She has participated in a Jump Street program for pre-kindergarten youngsters and volunteers in support of a walk to raise funds for breast cancer research. Her athletic activities include soccer and basketball. Her application was sponsored by Michael Corso.

The University of Rhode Island, chartered as the state’s agricultural school and experiment station in 1888, became known as the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1892. In 1909, the school’s name was again changed, to Rhode Island State College, as programs expanded beyond agricultural education. It has been known by its current name since 1951 and now offers students a land, sea and urban experience in more than 80 majors in 10 colleges.

Michael Smith, age 26, is attending Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he is a candidate for an English Ph.D. specializing in American life and religious culture. He intends to become a teacher at the college level. His GPA is 3.80.

His honors and awards include: graduate summa cum laude of Sacred Heart University; Sigma Tau Delta: English International Honor society; Delta Epsilon Sigma: National Honor Society of Catholic Colleges and Universities; “Communications Across the Curriculum” writing award, 2006; National Residence Hall Honorary Society. His extra curricular activities and interests include: Horizons Literary Magazine poetry editor; Post Road Literary Magazine Reviews reader; Graduate Student Association, Religion and Literature discussion group; Religion and Politics symposia at Boston College; Advertising Director of Graduate symposia at Boston College. He has served as development associate at Epiphany School in Dorchester, MA; promoter at Franciscan Volunteer Ministry; volunteer (2006-07) at St. Anthony of Padua parish in Camden, NJ, through the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry. His application was sponsored by Neal Smith.

Duquesne University is a private, coeducational university founded in 1878 as a Catholic college by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne is now the largest and most comprehensive Catholic university in Pennsylvania, and the only Spiritan institution of higher education in the world.

Since its founding in 1976 by the late Vince Bruni, of Rochester, New York, membership in the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame has grown from six charter members to 453 regular and associate members from the United States and Canada, who have contributed to the activity across North America, England, the Netherlands, the Middle East, South Africa and Japan.

The World Drum Corps Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization honoring those individuals who have contributed significantly over many years to the development and continuing excellence of drum and bugle corps activity. The organization also seeks to preserve the history of the drum and bugle corps movement in North America by selecting a noteworthy junior and all age (senior) corps of the decade. The two corps chosen for the decade ending in 2009 are the Cavaliers, of Rosemont, Illinois and the Buccaneers, of Reading, Pennsylvania, both winners of five championships between 2000 and 2009.

For more information about the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, including biographies of members, nomination forms, an outline of selection procedures and information about the annual winter sunshine cruise in the Caribbean, open to all members of the public, visit the Web site at www.worlddrumcorpshof.org/

Posted by on Thursday, October 6th, 2011. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.