The Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association will once again offer our annual music scholarship.  This scholarship is sponsored by the Bob Peters Family and this year’s recipient will be awarded $1,000.  This general scholarship is for a graduating Senior who has been involved in music programs during their High School career. Interested students must have:

  • Been active in the music program (vocal or instrumental) during their high school career (and in the community).
  • Have been accepted to a College or University.  Proof of program acceptance in the form of an official signature will be required.
  • Write a 2-page, double-spaced essay on the topic “What Contributions has Blues Music made to our American Culture?” make sure to footnote your sources.
  • In addition to the essay, emphasis will be placed on the number of years students have been in music classes, extra endeavors (musicals, special ensembles, music outside of school).

The KVBA and the Boogie Woogie Bob Peters Music Scholarship joined forces in 2013 to create a fund dedicated to the memory & musical legacy of “Boogie Woogie Bob” Peters, a well-known local keyboardist, guitar player and music historian.  Peters, a multi-talented artist who was a fixture on the local music landscape for decades, passed away suddenly on March 13, 2010.  He left behind a legacy of music, art and relationships that his family, friends and loyal fans strive to keep alive.  A vision of keeping that legacy and passion alive and passing it along for future generations became the mission of the scholarship fund.

Interested students should fill out the the application and submit it along with their essay by email or by post to: Lynn Headapohl PO Box 2413, Kalamazoo, MI 49003  The deadline for applications is May 14, 2019. The scholarship recipient will be notified by May 21st, 2019.  A public announcement with the recipient will be at the annual Kalamazoo Blues Festival on Saturday, July 13th, 2019.

Questions should be addressed to:  lynn@kvba.org


Lynn Headapohl

KVBA Education Committee