New Scholarship Honoring Parents Benefits Music Students

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University has announced the creation of a new student scholarship.

Named the Leon and Beverlye Lapides Scholarship, made possible by David L. Lapides and his sisters, Deborah Lapides Hirschfelder and Jo Ellen Lapides, in honor of their parents.

The scholarship will provide $2,500 per year to help a full-time student of CSU’s Schwob School of Music pursue an undergraduate degree and the study of classical music. The intent of the scholarship is to foster the study of European music of the 1600s to the early 1900s.

“The Lapides Scholarship will provide significant financial support to a deserving undergraduate music major who intends to devote themselves to the study of music – particularly the core repertoire of the Western musical tradition,” said Fred Cohen, director of CSU’s Schwob School of Music. “A gift from the Lapides' children, their financial support acknowledges the importance of music in the lives of Leon and Beverlye Lapides. Their support for students of the Schwob School of Music exemplifies the extraordinary relationship between the community of Columbus and the university.”

The initial recipient is Cecilia Carolina Felix, an incoming freshman from Houston, Texas. She is a mezzo-soprano, and intends to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. Schwob vocal faculty have said that they believe Felix has great potential vocally, and is a quick study, allowing her to develop vocal skills rapidly and thoroughly.

In addition to being accepted into the Schwob School of Music, Felix has also been accepted to the university’s Honors Program.