New scholarship for Phanton Regiment Members

New scholarship for Phanton Regiment Members


The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and the Rockford Community Foundation has announced a new scholarship for Corps members. The Diane Thompson-Wells Memorial Scholarship will assist active Regiment members who have a GPA of 2.5 or higher who are enrolled in or will be enrolled in an accredited college or university for the fall 2001 semester. “Diane loved the Phantom Regiment and had a passion for education,” said her husband, Doug Wells. “This is an especially fitting way to honor her memory and create a lasting legacy to help Corps members achieve their educational goals.”

Diane Thompson-Wells passed away on June 16, 2000. Friends and family describe her as “challenging,” always striving to do her best, to be a leader, and encouraging others to do so, as well. She earned an accounting degree from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Drake University. Wells joined Sundstrand Corporation in 1971 and became one of the highest-ranking females in the company, rising to director of Electronics Operations Finance at the time of her death.

Wells became involved with the Corps after her marriage to Doug Wells, in support of his commitment to the Regiment and that of her three stepchildren. Organized in 1956, the Phantom Regiment is a nonprofit youth activity organization that is a unique blend of performing arts education, competition and entertainment. The 128 members, ranging in age from 17-21 years, spend their summers traveling the nation representing the Rockford/Loves Park area in competing with drum and bugle corps from across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. The Phantom Regiment has ranked in the Drum Corps International’s elite top 12 for the past 12 years. With a fan base that literally spreads across the world, the Regiment is recognized as an innovator, both on and off the competition field.

For more information or to receive a Diane Thompson Wells Memorial Scholarship application form, contact Deborah Fransen, chief development officer, at the Rockford Community Foundation, (815) 962-2110, ext. 12. Applications must be postmarked on or before April 15, 2001.

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