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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 is transferring to the four year university:

Elizabeth Gifford completed two years at Victoria College and is transferring to Sam Houston State University beginning Fall 2016.

The following Four Year State University renewals:

1. Allison Adams - Stephen F. Austin State University
2. Samantha Arizpe - University of Houston
3. Adonai Avalos - University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Brownsville)
4. Jessica Boren - Texas A&M University - Commerce
5. Katherine Copeland - Texas Tech University
6. Cheri Crutcher - Texas Woman's University
7 . Baltazar Diaz - University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg)
8. Jesus Diaz - West Texas A&M University
9. Carlos Flores - University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg)
10. Melissa Furber - Tarleton State University
11. Aaron Gomez- University of Texas at El Paso
12. Jose A. Guzman Jr. - Texas Tech University
13. Crysten Ivy - Texas Woman's University
14. Dakota Maradiaga - Lamar University
15. Emily A. Mathews - University of Texas at El Paso
16. Sarah Clementine Mire - Texas Tech University
17. Juan J. Padilla - Texas A&M University - San Marcos
18. Paloma Pedraza - Texas A&M University - Kingsville
19. Jenna Quiroz - Texas State University San Marcos
20. Chabely Rodriguez - University of North Texas
21. Gid De La Rosa - University of Texas in San Antonio
22. Anthony Salazar - Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
23. Sarah Seagraves - University of North Texas
24. Miranda Smith - Texas A&M University - Commerce
25. Jillian Strickland - Sam Houston State University
26. Sara Lindsey Vasko - University of Texas at Austin
27. Jacquelyn Vaught - Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
28. William Austen Whaley - Tarleton State University
29. Elizabeth Wheelis - Sam Houston State University
30. Danielle Wright - Texas A&M University - Commerce

The following Four Year Private University renewals:

1. Oscar Cruz - Baylor University
2. Chandler Davis - Baylor University
3. Geoffrey Driggers - Abliene Christian University
4. Adrian Esquivel - Texas Lutheran University
5. Cody Hutcheson - Hardin-Simmons University
6. InSun Kim - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
7. Jackeline Ovalle - Houston Baptist University
8. Stephen Rodriguez - Lubbock Christian University

The following Two Year College Renewal:

1. Ariana Velazco - Lone Star College - Kingwood
2. Michael Solis - Del Mar College

The committee selected the following students as new recipients for 2016-2017:

Four Year State University

1. Jordan Gonzalez - Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
2. Mi Jin An (Rebecca) - Texas A&M University - Commerce
3. Gabrielle Sanchez - Texas State University San Marcos
4. Alexis Martinez - Texas Woman's University
5. Clayton Williams - University of North Texas
6. Christopher Terrazas - University of Texas at El Paso
7. Danielle Poblette - University of Texas at San Antonio

Four Year Private University

1. Maria Dell' Orfefice - Baylor University
2. Emily Park - Hardin-Simmons University
3. Trevor Deary - Texas Christian University
4. Alan Michael Whetsel - Texas Wesleyan University
5. Sara Stevens - Wayland University

Two Year College

1. Josue Flores - Lone Star College - Montgomery
2. James Corbin Myers - McLennan Community College
3. Arthur Gillian - San Jacinto College Central

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

The following students graduated with their music degree Spring 2016

1. Zachary Bearden - East Texas Baptist University
2. Rawcillanne Campos - Hardin-Simmons University
3. Marguerite Green - Texas Christian University
4. Emily Kern - University of Houston
5. Martin E. Kesuma - Texas State University San Marcos
6. Connon Bordelon-Ross - Lamar University
7. Hannah Marie Strebeck - Howard Payne University

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