A Livermore couple donated $100,000 to the Pedrozzi Foundation to establish and endow the Charles Amirkhanian Music Scholarship. A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a Livermore graduate pursuing a music degree.

The philanthropic and thoughtful anonymous community members said that they are impressed with the Pedrozzi Foundation’s mission of creating a career and college bound culture for Livermore students and found a match between their passion for music and philanthropic goals. They named the scholarship in honor of Charles Amirkhanian, a native Californian, composer, percussionist, sound poet and radio producer who co-founded the Other Minds Music Festival in 1992. As the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director, Mr. Amirkhanian is internationally recognized for his dedication to the encouragement and propagation of contemporary music in all its forms and audiences of diverse traditions, generation and cultural backgrounds. Mr. Amirkhanian received a B.A. from Fresno State University and an M.A. from San Francisco State University.

“We are honored and grateful to receive this generous donation,” says Kathy Coyle, Pedrozzi Foundation Board President. “This scholarship is an appropriate way for these donors to honor Charles Amirkhanian’s contributions to music and his encouragement of talented musicians.”

In addition to pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in music, eligibility for the Charles Amirkhanian Music Scholarship is the same as for other Pedrozzi Scholarships – applicants must be a graduate of a Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District high school and meet the minimum GPA requirements. Interested applicants should complete either the 2017 Undergraduate or Graduate Pedrozzi Scholarship application, indicating their field of study and sharing why they are planning to earn a music degree.

In May, scholarships funded by other generous community members will be awarded along with the music scholarship and other Pedrozzi scholarships. Howard and Elaine Storms funded a scholarship in honor of Gene Hale, the first Pedrozzi Foundation Board President. Mr. Hale was a friend and business partner of Mario Pedrozzi who left his estate to establish the Foundation. The $11,000 Gene Hale Undergraduate Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant pursuing a degree in the physical sciences.

Pedrozzi Board Treasurer, John Houghton Jr. funded a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship to be awarded to an applicant pursing a degree in a science, technology, engineering or math. Kathy Coyle and Gary Johnson both funded community college scholarships, and the Rotary Club of Livermore has continued funding the Ed Rundstrom Vocational Scholarship.

“Funding scholarships through the Pedrozzi Foundation is an impactful way for donors to honor someone significant in their lives and invest in Livermore students,” shares Kathy Coyle.

Since 2008, the Pedrozzi Foundation has awarded $3.2 million to 880 graduates of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.

All Pedrozzi Scholarship applications are due March 1, 2017. Visit the Pedrozzi Foundation website – Pedrozzi.org – to apply and learn application details. Applicants with specific questions about the Charles Amirkhanian Music Scholarship, may contact the Foundation at 925-456-3700 or info@Pedrozzi.org.