About the Stella Sheppard Memorial Scholarship
Beth Bolte (4EverLearning) with Makayla Reilly & music teacher Dr Phillip Rutherford
The Stella Sheppard Memorial Scholarship is a disability specific scholarship awarded annually. The purpose of the scholarship is to enable its recipient to study at Central Coast Conservatorium. The scholarship is non-competitive, and designed to aid and encourage its recipient to reach his or her personal potential.Funding for The Stella Sheppard Memorial Scholarship is provided by 4everlearning
The scholarship package will include a 45 minute lesson enabling specialised attention for the disability, plus a percentage of the cost of purchase and/or modification of a suitable musical instrument and its maintenance, which would be advised following discussion if required.\
About Stella Sheppard
Community involvement included playing in dance bands at Narara Hall, and Physical Culture at Narara Hall, Toukley, Wyong, Kanwal, Gorokan, Budgewoi and Ourimbah between 1974 and 1985. Mrs Sheppard held ‘music afternoons’ in her home, which were extended to both present and past students.
Mrs Sheppard began teaching grandchildren and friends in 1976, then after registering as a Teacher with the Australian Music Examination Board in 1988, moved on to her ‘profitable hobby,’ taking children and adults through practical and theory exams. Her nominal fee reflected her wish to support anyone who came to her. Local eisteddfods always included several of her students, many winning top places. At the time of her death, 93, she was still teaching 25 students.
Mrs ‘Shep’ taught my five lively and at times, challenging children. Her kind heart saw her take on students of all abilities. Her patience and tolerance saw her devote many extra hours of tuition, ensuring students would recognise the wealth of benefits which music is seen to provide. It was this enthusiasm for music, and dedication to all abilities, given despite great variances in levels of interest and capacity, which led me to want to dedicate this scholarship in her name.
2018 APPLICATION FORM
Closing date is 16th March 2018
We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.