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The TAMS Scholarship committee met on Thursday and Friday, May 19-20, 2016 in Austin to select the recipients for the Clara Freshour Nelson Music Scholarship for the academic year 2016-2017. Students were selected from the applicants from each of the institution types - four year state universities, four year private institutions, and two year colleges. The recipients from the four year state and four year private institutions will receive $6,000 per year and the recipient from the two year college will receive $3,000 per year. Members of the scholarship committee are Dr. David Scott, TAMS President, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dr. Robert Tucker, TAMS Immediate Past President, Hardin-Simmons University, Dr. Marylynn Fletcher, TAMS President-elect, Victoria College, Dr. Matt Roberson, Abilene Christian University, Four Year Private Representative, Dr. Diana Sipes, Four Year State Representative, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Dr. Cynthia Bridges, Two Year College Representative, Del Mar College, and Dr. Jim Lee, Executive Director, ex officio. The following student completed her work at the two year college and the committee renewed her scholarship as she transferred to the four year university:


The following Four Year State University renewals:

1. Aimee Adams - Texas State University
2. Allison Adams - Stephen F. Austin State University
3. Samantha Arizpe - University of Houston
4. Adonai Avalos - University of Texas at Brownsville
5. Jessica Boren - Texas A&M University - Commerce
6. Gregory Brigham - University of Houston
7. Alan Cabrera - University of Houston
8. Katherine Copeland - Texas Tech University
9. Cheri Crutcher - Texas Woman's University
10. Baltazar Diaz - University of Texas Pan-American
11. Jesus Diaz - West Texas A&M University
12. Melissa Furber - Tarleton State University
13. Jose A. Guzman Jr. - Texas Tech University
14. Emily Kern - University of Houston
15. Martin E. Kesuma - Texas State University
16. Dakota Maradiaga - Lamar University
17. Emily A. Mathews - University of Texas at El Paso
18. Paloma Pedraza - Texas A&M University - Kingsville
19. Chabely Rodriguez - University of North Texas
20. Connor Bordelon-Ross - Lamar University
21. Anthony Salazar - Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
22. Miranda Smith - Texas A&M University - Commerce
23. Manuel Troy Trevino - UT Brownsville
24. Sara Lindsey Vasko - UT Austin
25. Jacquelyn Vaught - Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
26. Martin Wells - University of Houston
27. William Austen Whaley - Tarleton State University
28. Elizabeth Wheelis - Sam Houston State University
29. James Wilkinson - Texas Tech University

The following Four Year Private University renewals:

1. Zachary Bearden - East Texas Baptist University
2. Rawcilanne Campos - Hardin-Simmons University
3. Oscar Cruz - Baylor University
4. Adrian Esquivel - Texas Lutheran University
5. Marguerite Green - Texas Christian University
6. Stephanie Jones - East Texas Baptist University
7. InSun Kim - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
8. Jackeline Ovalle - Houston Baptist University
9. Hannah Strebeck - Howard Payne University

The following Two Year College Renewal:

1. Ariana Velazco - Lone Star College - Kingwood

The committee selected the following students as new recipients for 2015-2016:

Four Year State University

1. Carlos Flores - University of Pan American
2. Aaron Gomez - UT El Paso
3. Crysten Ivy - Texas Woman's University
4. Sarah Clementine Mire - Texas Tech University
5. Juan J. Padilla - Texas A&M University - Kingsville
6. Jenna Quiroz - Texas State University - San Marcos
7. Gid De La Rosa - UT San Antonio
8. Sarah Seagraves - University of North Texas
9. Jillian Strickland - Sam Houston State University
10. Danielle Wright - Texas A&M - Commerce

Four Year Private University

1. Chandler Davis - Baylor University
2. Geoffrey Diggers - Abilene Christian University
3. Cody Hutcheson - Hardin-Simmons University
4. Stephen Rodriguez - Lubbock Christian University

Two Year College

1. Elizabeth Gifford - Victoria College
2. Michael Solis - Del Mar College

The following students graduated with their music degree Fall 2014

1. Lyndsey Gold - Angelo State University
2. Clarissa Salinas - UT Brownsville

The following students graduated with their music degree Spring 2015

1. Faith Bolin - Dallas Baptist University
2. Derrek Cabrera - UT San Antonio
3. Gabrielle Gilliam - University of North Texas
4. Eric Heatley - Texas Christian University
5. Carla Lacey Hulcy - Texas Lutheran University
6. Ashley Morrison - Tarleton State University
7. Hyejeong Ryu - University of North Texas
8. Slyvia Ventura - East Texas Baptist University

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