It was a dream of Gary S. Wilmer when he began the Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) Awards in 1992 to offer scholarships for young musicians. So when Wilmer died in 1994, memorial contributions were used to establish the Gary S. Wilmer/RAMI Scholarship in conjunction with the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
What follows is a list of Gary S. Wilmer/RAMI Scholarship winners since 1997, listed by year, the college the students were expected to attend and the amount they were awarded.
Leah Asher, Oberlin College Conservatory, $2,500; Branton Cox, University of Michigan, $1,000; Madeline Herdeman, Lawrence University, $1,000; and Shannon Jeske, Wheaton College, $1,000.
Lily Henley, Berkelee College of Music, $1,500; Daniel Jansen, Vanderbilt University, $1,500; and Christine Knodle, Illinois Wesleyan University, $1,500.
Karen Craig, Rock Valley College, $1,000.
Amanda Asher, Indiana University, $2,000; Michael Davis, North Central College, $1,000; Tarrah Evans, Wartburg College, $1,000; and Elizabeth Young, Millikin University, $1,000.
Emily Herdeman, Indiana University, $2,000 and Jill Moth, Augustana College, $1,000.
Christopher Thomas, Millikin University, $500; Matt Ulery, Roosevelt College of Music, $500; and Kira Wilke, Boston University, $2,000.
Jill Heinke, University of California, $2,000.
Laura Hogberg, college unknown, $750 and Kyla Barber, college unknown, $750.
David Tallacksen, Northern Illinois University, $250 and $500.
From the Feb. 1-7, 2006, issue