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Student receives Presser Scholar Award

Ohio Northern University student Miriam Stoner, a junior music performance major from Bellefontaine, Ohio, was awarded the Presser Scholar Award at ONU Honors Day on April 28. The award includes a $4,800 grant.

The award is given to a student who shows excellence in academics and passion for music. In order to present the scholarship each year, the University must have at least 40 undergraduate music majors enrolled in the program. The recipient must have at least one-third of their credit hours in an area other than music.

In addition to the terms above, students must be at or near the end of their junior year. They are chosen by the music faculty with the choice of the recipient guided solely on excellence and merit.

The award is made possible through the generosity of Theodore Presser’s will. Presser founded and published the “Etude” music magazine and was an influential teacher at ONU and other institutions of higher learning.

In 1916, Presser created the Presser Foundation through several deeds of trust and through his will. The Foundation officially incorporated in 1939 following his death in 1925.

While participating in the choral and band programs at ONU, Stoner was the winner of ONU’s bi-annual concert competition in 2011, served as assistant director of the women’s chorus for one year, and was the soprano section leader in the ONU University Singers. 

Throughout her time at Ohio Northern University, Stoner has been a member of Delta Omicron (music honorary) and a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta (freshmen women’s academic honorary).