June 20, 2012
Scholarship established in memory of alumnus with passion for music
Jeremy Barlow had a passion for music, and now future Northwest Missouri State University students will have opportunities to explore music and share it with others the way Barlow enjoyed through a scholarship in his memory.
Established by Barlow’s widow, Alicia, and his family, the Jeremy D. Barlow Memorial Music Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student maintaining a grade-point average of 2.5 and enrolled in applied piano or applied harpsichord courses. If no such applicant exists, saxophonists may also be eligible.
Barlow earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Northwest in 2003, graduating magna cum laude. He also was an involved student, participating in the Mortar Board and Alpha Chi national honoraries and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternities. He also was a loyal Bearcat fan and enjoyed attending football games with Alicia.
Barlow, a Maryville native, died tragically Sept. 11, 2011, at age 30, while hiking with friends in Arizona.
Barlow’s legacy will provide a way for students to develop, enjoy and share their passions for music and for life, just as he did, said Dr. Ernest Kramer, Northwest professor of music.
“The Jeremy Barlow scholarship is a great financial resource for qualified students since it is a scholarship awarded purely for excellence in applied keyboard, especially harpsichord,” said Kramer, who teaches piano and harpsichord courses as well as music history and composition. “Unlike other keyboard scholarships, it has the important benefit of not being a service-related contract that requires outside work by the recipient.”
Music became Barlow’s first love when he learned to play the piano at age 5, and that love only blossomed. Barlow continued to develop his piano-playing skills and picked up the saxophone, too, playing in the Maryville High School marching and jazz bands. While attending Northwest, he also learned to play the harpsichord and performed jazz, swing and classical music.
He could bring sheet music to life, captivating others with its story and the magic he felt while playing it, his family and friends said.
“Jeremy was a wonderful harpsichord student who challenged himself by playing some of the most difficult music written for the instrument,” Kramer said. “He was an inspiration to all of my other harpsichord students. He was also a tremendous asset to the department as an accompanist.”
Barlow also had a passion for helping others. As a student of the martial art Hapkido for 15 years, Barlow considered his fourth-degree black belt an honor. He also took pride in teaching younger students, watching them build self-esteem and learn respect.
His mentors and teachers remember him for his heart and dedication, his willingness to challenge himself, his sense of humor and the joy he brought to others.
“There are few more lasting ways to honor the memory of those who are close to us than providing a continuing scholarship to assist young people in obtaining an education,” said Dr. Ernest Woodruff, who served as professor and chair of Northwest’s Department of Music before retiring this spring after 35 years at the University. “The music department will be ever grateful to those who have made possible this award on Jeremy’s behalf.”
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