RANDALL K. BUSH YOUTH MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP—Rev. Dr. Bush is currently senior pastor of East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA, where he has served since 2006. Before that he was pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Racine, WI, and earlier served a Presbyterian Church in Zimbabwe, South Africa. He began his piano studies at age seven and attended the University of Kansas as a piano performance major. He earned a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Marquette University. While serving at First Presbyterian Church in Racine in 1994, Rev. Bush started a summer concert series called Music & More. The free noontime series was founded as a way to showcase area talent –– as well as the church and Downtown Racine –– while raising money for worthwhile causes. When Rev. Bush returned for the 20-year Anniversary celebration of Music & More in 2013, a youth music scholarship was established in his honor.
MEARL MAHL YOUTH MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP—Mearl Mahl was a dedicated member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and helped with the Music & More program. He was a civic-minded volunteer who gave his time to many community organizations. Mearl was always willing to offer a hand wherever it was needed. Mearl worked at SC Johnson for 32 years as a microbiologist, before retiring in 1998. He died unexpectedly on the last day of 2014. To honor his memory, the Deacon Board started this fund.
MIA GUION YOUTH MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP—Mia Guion lost her life in a car accident in 2018. The youngest of three sisters, Mia attended Jefferson Lighthouse and The Prairie School, graduating in 2013. While at Prairie, she was involved in track, cross country, theatre & music, and played the violin & viola. Mia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Iowa State University with a minor in Business, graduating in 2017. She was a Washington Media Scholar and was awarded 1st Place in the 2017 Media Plan Case Competition, which took place in Washington, D.C. and was featured in the Washington Post. Mia enjoyed country music, spending time with her sisters, caring for her dog Rizzo, painting artwork, and going for long runs. Her warmth, bright smile, infectious laugh, gentleness, strength, sense of humor, and kind spirit will live on in all of the hearts and lives she touched.