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The Scotia Band’s 2020 Sewell Lufkin Memorial Scholarship is now open for applications. Five hundred dollars will be awarded to a selected Humboldt County high school graduate planning to major or minor in music at an accredited music program next fall.

Students may apply more than one year, but may only win one scholarship. Whether students expect to go into music education, are graduates of Humboldt County high schools or have been active in Scotia Band are key, but not the only considerations in the awarding of this prize

The application form is available at http://scotiaband2.org/Scotia_Band_Scholarship.html, or contact the Scotia Band via email (thescotiaband@yahoo.com) or direct mail (PO Box 3, Scotia, CA 95565). Candidates must also provide one letter of recommendation and a short essay summarizing their musical accomplishments and aspirations. The deadline for submissions is April 17.

After graduating in 1936 from Fortuna Union High School, Lufkin joined the U.S. Marine Corps. At the outbreak of World War II while serving on the island of Guam, he was taken prisoner, ultimately surviving a brutal Death March and devastating conditions in a Japanese prisoner of war camp until liberation in October 1945.

After retiring from the military in 1958, Lufkin returned to Fortuna, where he taught at Toddy Thomas Elementary School and served as Scotia Band conductor from 1960 to 1976. In 1979, to honor Lufkin, the board of directors of Scotia Band enacted the Sewell Lufkin Memorial Scholarship.

Members sought

Scotia Band is eager to grow. Even if you don’t apply for the scholarship, if you play a wind instrument or percussion at any level, consider joining the band. Rehearsals under the capable baton of Kenneth Ayoob take place every Monday evening in the Fortuna High Band Room at 7:30 p.m. Drop-ins are welcome.

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