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A new scholarship will assist musicians at Carlisle High School with education or equipment

The Jason Smith Memorial Scholarship, offered by the Charles Bruce Foundation for Writers, Artists, and Musicians, will recognize Carlisle students who have demonstrated the connection between music and kindness in a meaningful way.

“We are delighted to announce this scholarship, which reflects Jason’s legacy of music, compassion and inclusivity,” said Chad Bruce, founder of the Charles Bruce Foundation. “Jason impressed so many of us with his remarkable talent. Whether he was playing professionally with Mad Men or just a pick up band at an open mic, Jason’s ability would shine. But there was so much more to that young man than music. He, literally, was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known. We all miss his smile. We’d like to see Jason’s legacy of love for music and love for people continue, so we created the scholarship as a way to encourage both.”

The scholarship is valued at $1,000 a year and will be awarded to one graduating senior. This scholarship will be awarded annually, without regard to families’ financial circumstances. To apply, all interested students should submit a 700 to 1,000 word essay, or a two-minute YouTube video detailing the importance of intersecting music with kindness.

Submissions should be emailed to, and should include the student’s name, address, phone number, email address, expected graduation date, and a link to the YouTube video or an MS Word attachment of the essay. Applicants will be considered based on their submission content and genuine desire to make music. Awarded money must be used for music education or equipment.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.

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