Hursh Family Music Scholarship

The Hursh family was active in the Goshen community from 1941 until Charles Hursh’s death in 1984.  Charles practiced optometry and his wife, Hulda, was a community volunteer and later manager of his office.  

Charles was an accomplished trumpet player, encouraged his children’s musical interests; Stanley (Bud) in voice, Georgia (Loni) in oboe and piano and Anita in trumpet and piano.  Hulda was also encouraging and drove weekly from Goshen to Elkhart for many years so their children could take music lessons at the McDermott Studio.

Anita’s musical interest helped her become Miss Goshen and Miss Indiana in the 1958 Miss America Competition.  She remains active in the music field as a volunteer serving on the boards of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and the Advisory Board of Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music in Bloomington.  Bud continues to sing in his church choir, Loni enjoys playing the recorder, and Anita has two pianos in her living room where she enjoys playing the two-piano repertoire with friends.  

The Hursh family believes:

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”  — Plato

Eligibility Requirements: 

  1. A resident of Elkhart County for a minimum of one year
  2. Graduating Goshen High School senior
  3. GPA of 3.0 or higher
  4. Students having attained CORE 40 or Indiana Academic Honors Diploma/equivalent
  5. The student has participated in private music study
  6. Students planning to major in music and enroll in a four-year degree program at an accredited college or university in the United States.

Awards:   One new award is given every year in the amount of $1,500 (one-year award). 

Apply between January 1 and March 1, 2024.

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