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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Dec. 3, 2012

Instrumental music scholarship provides assistance to Northwest students

In this photo taken during the early 1980s, C. Ward Rounds is pictured with his wife, Liz.

In this photo taken during the early 1980s, C. Ward Rounds is pictured with his wife, Liz.

Northwest Missouri State University students participating in the University’s instrumental ensembles may attend Northwest with the help of a scholarship endowed in the memory of a longtime band director.

The Ward Rounds Instrumental Music Scholarship became an endowed scholarship this fall and continues to be awarded to a Northwest instrumental music education major who plays a wind or percussion instrument. The scholarship may be used during the recipient’s junior and senior years of study.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 and maintain it throughout the award year, be enrolled as a full-time student, and continue with membership in the Bearcat Marching Band, Wind Symphony or Jazz Ensemble. Potential applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities in the Northwest band program, participation in a music service organization and demonstrate financial need. The recipient may reapply to receive the scholarship as a senior if he or she received the scholarship as a junior.

C. Ward Rounds served in Northwest’s Department of Music for 25 years and directed the Bearcat Marching Band. Rounds died March 7, 2011, at the age of 90.

Rounds was professor emeritus of music at Northwest, having served the music department from 1960 to 1985. He was instructor of brass and percussion instruments, conducted University instrumental ensembles and was the founder of the Northwest Summer Music Camp program. Rounds and his wife, Liz, also performed at faculty recitals on a regular basis, in addition to providing music for special occasions at their church.

After his retirement, Rounds taught music lessons for another 20 years and repaired horns for several area schools.

Alfred E. Sergel III, who served as Northwest director of bands from 1981 to 2003 and returned to the role this fall, said the scholarship serves as an incentive for Northwest music students to excel academically and be strong leaders in the ensembles in which they participate.

“It recognizes the best students for the efforts they made, not only for going into the field of music education but on the campus as a positive influence in the band program,” Sergel said. “This scholarship really is based on their leadership and academic standing in the department, and it recognizes our best, which is a good thing to do. It sustains the legacy that Ward Rounds brought to the music program at Northwest.”

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For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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