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UT Tyler Music Major to be Awarded Clara F. Nelson Scholarship

June 9, 2011

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan 
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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Music major Danielle Benton of Fort Worth is The University of Texas at Tyler’s first freshman recipient of the state’s Clara Freshour Nelson Music Scholarship for the 2011 – 12 year, Dr. Kenneth Wink, College of Arts and Sciences interim dean, announced.

She is one of four students at four-year state universities to receive the award in the amount of $6,000 per year.

Each academic year, the Texas Association of Music Schools selects 10 applicants from four-year state universities, four-year private institutions and two-year colleges to receive the renewable award. Recipients must maintain an overall 2.5 GPA, demonstrate financial need and merit and be a music major at a Texas institution that holds full TAMS membership in good standing.

“I feel very honored to have been awarded the Clara Freshour Nelson Music Scholarship,” Benton said. “It is a great privilege, and I know this scholarship will go a long way toward helping me achieve my goals, both personal and professional. I thank God and the Texas Association of Music Schools for giving me this opportunity.”

She previously was awarded the 2010-11 UT Tyler Outstanding Student Freshman Music Theory Award.

Benton will graduate in spring 2014 with a bachelor of music in vocal music education and hopes to become a voice teacher in either a public or private school setting.

Her hobbies include reading, singing and song writing.

Since 1938, TAMS has been fostering cooperation, understanding and excellence in music education among its members.

Its mission is to advance the cause of music in higher education generally and to improve the quality and program of the music educational system in Texas through the promotion of cooperation between colleges and universities and through the exercise of educational leadership.

For more information about TAMS, visit www.txams.org.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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