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Credit union offers scholarship for first ASU carillonneur

June 06, 2006

The Arizona State Savings & Credit Union has established a scholarship for the first University Carillonneur at ASU.

The credit union has donated $1,000 to the ASU Carillon Society toward the scholarship, which will be called the Arizona State Savings & Credit Union & Friends Scholarship for the University Carillonneur.

Donations will be accepted, and it is hoped a $2,000 scholarship can be offered beginning in September for a music student who will give public performances on the ASU Maas-Rowe Symphonic Carillon throughout the academic year. The criteria for the scholarship have yet to be set.

The credit union has established an account to receive donations for the scholarship fund and also for the purchase of 100 additional bells.

Those wishing to donate for either fund should make checks out to the ASU Carillon Society, and mail them to the Arizona State Savings & Credit Union, P.O. Box 870901, Tempe , AZ 85287-0901. Cash donations also are welcome.

The 148-bell Symphonic Carillon was bought as a gift to the university in 1966 by Associated Students of ASU. The carillon was used for a few years, then put in storage, where it remained until it was rediscovered in December 2002.

“The carillon resonates such a beautiful bell sound and it should not be lost,” says Dennis Gribauskas, ASU branch manager of the Arizona State Savings & Credit Union. “We congratulate Judith Smith for bringing it back to life for everyone to enjoy for generations to come. The credit union has always supported Judith's effort. The scholarship helps to continue the carillon's resurrection.”