Give to the Jack Longfellow Family Endowed Band Scholarship
Jack Longfellow's 36-year relationship with Seminole State College began with a trumpet. Learning to play in his high school pep band, he put his passion aside to establish a family and career in Orlando. Years later, he began playing again when his wife surprised him with a new trumpet for their anniversary. He joined the Symphonic Band at Seminole State College in 1977 and played until 2013 when he retired at age 86. He received the John Philip Sousa Award for 1994-95 from Seminole State College. He received another award for his contributions to instrumental music at Seminole State College in 2012. On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Seminole State College announced the Jack Longfellow Family Endowed Band Scholarship to honor Jack's passion, service and commitment to music throughout his life. By making a gift today, you will celebrate and honor the legacy of Jack Longfellow and allow his memory to continue giving back to the band community he loved so dearly.
This scholarship honors Longfellow's legacy by supporting full-time students studying instrumental music with a minimum 3.0 GPA and participating in the Seminole State Symphonic Band.
"Because of you, I am not only able to afford my classes and textbooks, but keep my passion for music alive. As a music education major, I hope to inspire the youth through music and give them a talent they can use throughout their lives."
"There are no words to express how honored I am to be chosen as the recipient of the Jack Longfellow Award. Throughout middle school, high school and now into college, music has become a joyous and rewarding part of my life. Through music, my past band directors have inspired me to grow - not only as a musician but as a person as well. It has taught me to overcome my own insecurities and handicaps and push myself toward my dream.
This scholarship will help me in obtaining my goal of being a band director. It has enforced my commitment to introduce others to the passion and love of music which means so much to me and which also meant so much to Mr. Longfellow. "
Thank you to the following supporters of this scholarship:
- William Garrett
- Deborah Leonard