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Celebrating Musical Excellence: 2024 Berry/Kauffold Music Scholarship Winners Announced

by | Jun 17, 2024 | Berry Kauffold Scholarship

The Michigan District of Optimist International is thrilled to announce the winners of the prestigious Berry/Kauffold Music Scholarship for 2024. This scholarship is designed to support young, talented musicians as they continue their musical journeys in high school and beyond. We are proud to recognize the dedication and talent of our young musicians and are excited to share their achievements with our community.

About the Berry/Kauffold Music Scholarship

The Berry/Kauffold Music Scholarship aims to help high school students in grades nine through eleven pursue their musical interests. To be eligible, students must be in good standing with their high school’s instrumental music department. The scholarship can be used for various purposes, such as attending summer music camps, taking private lessons, or purchasing or upgrading instruments.

This year, the scholarship was promoted through Michigan District Optimist emails and the organization’s website. Instrumental music teachers across the state were contacted via email to encourage their students to apply. Ten dedicated students completed the necessary requirements, including an application, a teacher’s recommendation, and a video or audio performance demonstrating their musical skills.

2024 Scholarship Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2024 Berry/Kauffold Music Scholarship:

  • 1st Place: Clare Pelli
    • School: Bullock Creek High School
    • Instrument: Saxophone
  • 2nd Place: Caleb Bauer
    • School: Walled Lake Northern High School
    • Instrument: Violin
  • 3rd Place: Lila Tasdemir
    • School: North Farmington High School
    • Instrument: String Bass

These talented students stood out among their peers, showcasing exceptional skill and dedication to their craft. Each of these winners will use their scholarship to further their musical education and development.

The Importance of Supporting Young Musicians

Supporting young musicians is crucial for fostering creativity, discipline, and cultural enrichment within our communities. Scholarships like the Berry/Kauffold Music Scholarship provide invaluable resources for students to enhance their musical abilities and pursue their passions. By investing in these young artists, we are nurturing the next generation of musicians who will continue to inspire and uplift us with their music.

Looking Ahead

We are excited to see how Clare, Caleb, and Lila will use their scholarships to further their musical pursuits. Their achievements are a testament to the hard work and dedication of students and educators alike. The Michigan District of Optimist International remains committed to supporting young musicians and looks forward to continuing this tradition of excellence in the years to come.

For more information about the Berry/Kauffold Music Scholarship and to stay updated on future opportunities, please visit Michigan Optimists.


Join us in congratulating these outstanding young musicians and celebrating their achievements. Together, we can ensure that the love of music continues to thrive in our communities.

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