Richland Academy is very fortunate to have the support of the Mansfield Noon Optimists Club. This year we are excited to offer scholarships to 3 individuals in the amount of $250 each. These will be awarded to students ages 12-18 who will be participating in classes during the Fall/Spring 2016/2017 year.
The music task force at Richland Academy has been working diligently to create a comprehensive package of scholarships that are sustainable, and will be made available to students in any place of their music careers.
Dick Barkdull Memorial Music Scholarship
The Barkdull Family has been a fixture in Shelby, Ohio for several generations, having founded Barkdull Funeral Home i 1895. Dick Barkdull was a member of the fourth generation in the family business. A lifelong Shelby resident, he passed away in 2009. He loved music, a passion that carries on through his children. He was his children's and granchildren's biggest fan, and watched their music performances with enormous pride. In memory of this love, passion, and pride, his family has established the Dick Barkdull Memorial Scholarship at Richland Academy. The Barkdull Scholarship is intended to make private lessons available to a Shelby area resident who may not otherwise be able to take lessons.
Dr. Tom Croghan Memorial Jazz Scholarship
Dr. Croghan may have been born in Dayton, but he made his home in Mansfield. He was born October 7, 1939, and died December, 20, 2009. He was practicing physician and an excellent jazz musician. It is difficult to express how much he did for Richland Academy. In addition to being the founding President, he made numerous donations and was the driving force behind countless performances. He was a firm believer int he wonder and importance of jazz music and love to encourage students. He touched may young proteges who have gone on to success in jazz and contemporary music. Richland Academy is proud to continue his legacy by offering a Contemporary music scholarship to a student who will be participating in college music fall 2017.
J. Frederick Wolf Memorial Vocal Scholarship
Frederick Wolf was a life- long Mansfield area resident. He was born April 22, 1914, and died March 11, 2005. He founded the Mansfield Choral Society in 1933, and was the Director of the volunteer community singing group for 56 years. He remained as Director Emeritus after stepping down, and continued to di- rect the song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” at the end of each concert. Mr. Wolf was the choir director at Park Avenue Baptist church as well. His colleagues remembered him as an admirable musician with a great love for choral music. As a director, he expected and got the best out of each section of the group. The Mansfield Choral Society established an award in his memory Richland Academy is honored to be able to continue this legacy.