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Alison Clarke receives memorial scholarship

Alison Clarke of Burin has been named this year’s recipient of the Roger Skinner/MusicNL Memorial Award.
Alison Clarke of Burin has been named this year’s recipient of the Roger Skinner/MusicNL Memorial Award.

ST. JOHN’S, NL— Alison Clarke of Burin has been named this year’s recipient of the Roger Skinner/MusicNL Memorial Award.

Clarke, working towards a bachelor’s degree in music at Memorial University, said she was honoured when she received news of the award.
“Mr. Skinner's generosity and close connection with musicians in Newfoundland and Labrador is kept alive through this scholarship,” she said in a message to the Southern Gazette.
“I am grateful to be the recipient of the award this year.”
Clarke was surprised she had been selected for the award.
“I had no idea, she explained. “The award is in conjunction with MUN’s school of music, so I didn't know.”
The award, named for the late Roger Skinner, is awarded annually to an undergraduate student in the school of music who is deserving due to both their performance and academic excellence within the school.
Skinner’s family collected funds to set up the scholarship in his honour after his sudden passing in 2002.
He was a drummer with the Country Ducats and a dedicated supporter of the provincial music industry, serving as president of MusicNL from 2000-2002.
Dr. Ian Sutherland, dean of Memorial’s school of music, said a student must have an overall average of 85 per cent or higher to be eligible for a scholarship.
“Alison is certainly a fantastic student here … (for) two years in a row (she) has been on the dean’s list, which means she falls within the top 10 per cent of all undergraduate students.”
He said she is also a performance major, “which is a particularly difficult program to be accepted into within the school of music.”

 

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