Scholarship is music to the ears of UALR soprano

Sarah Jane Kershaw is enjoying a successful junior year at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, thanks in part to the $1,100 Keemo Richardson Scholarship she received for 2006-07.

The music education major and soprano in the school’s opera performance program applied for private scholarships through the Office of Development in the spring of 2005. She was thrilled to learn she had been awarded the scholarship established by Bob and Frankie janeSarver. The Sarvers cared deeply for the Richardson family and they created the scholarship when the Richardsons’ teenage son Keemo passed away. Keemo was a basketball player at Central High School, and the scholarship is for Central graduates. When Bob, a UALR faculty member, passed away a short time later, Frankie established a memorial fund in his honor as well.

Kershaw is a Central grad with a 4.0 GPA, and she says the scholarship has made a huge difference for her. “I had a health concern this past winter that lasted a long time, and I wasn’t strong enough to work the retail job I had held in previous summers,” she says. “If I didn’t have this scholarship to help with tuition and books, I’m not sure how I would manage.”

In addition to her coursework and opera performances, Kershaw provides volunteer clerical support for the music department and works in the music library. After graduating from UALR she hopes to direct a high school choir, and then pursue a master’s and possibly doctorate degree in conducting. Dr. Victor Ellsworth, Director, Division of Performance Studies, calls Kershaw “one of the really, really good ones” and adds, “I’d recommend her for anything.”

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