• COLDWATER — The Branch County Community Foundation recently announced that the ILE Music Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications.
    The ILE Music Scholarship Fund was created by Irma Louise English’s children to honor her, a lifelong Branch County resident with a zest for life and a passion for music.
    Besides showing their love and respect for their mother, her family wanted to offer a chance for students to have a positive musical experience just like they did. All of her children attended summer music camps, which created happy, lifelong memories.
    The fund, established in the fall of 2008, has issued 39 scholarships to Branch area music students totaling over $18,000. Former recipients have come back from camp with wonderful stories of their enhanced musical learning and their Instrumental Lifelong Experience.
    The fund is currently accepting applications for summer 2018. Students of music in Branch County will find applications for the scholarship on the Foundation’s website at www.BrCoFoundation.org or by calling 517.278.4517. Applications are due by January 31, 2018.
    Music professionals from throughout the county will serve on the selection committee.
    Donations to the fund are welcomed and former Branch County residents from as far away as Alaska make annual donations in honor of Irma and the English family.
    The Branch County Community Foundation is a non-profit organization and a nationally accredited community grant making foundation. Serving communities in Branch County and Colon by supporting charitable giving, building permanent endowments, and connecting community resources.
    For more information, please visit their website at www.BrCoFoundation.org.

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