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VGCC names Music Scholarship Recipients

Vance-Granville Community College recently named four students as the recipients of the college’s Music Performance Scholarships for the 2010-2011 year. They include Joseph Colquitt of Creedmoor; Joseph Hedgepeth and Derek Jones, both of Henderson; and John Laible of Raleigh.

Hedgepeth, a J.F. Webb High School graduate, and Jones, who was home-schooled, are students in VGCC’s College Transfer program . Colquitt, who was also home-schooled, is completing a Web Technologies degree. Laible, a graduate of Cary High School, is a Pre-Health student who plans to pursue a Nursing degree. Jones plays guitar and bass; Laible, keyboard instruments and drums; Colquitt, guitar; and Hedgepeth, drums and saxophone.

The scholarship program, now in its second year, gives VGCC students a chance to explore their passion for music, under the direction of VGCC instructor Michael Stephenson. Recipients of the scholarship perform together as “The Vanguard Combo” for community functions and college activities. They also assist Stephenson in preparing for Vance-Granville Community Band concerts and other events. This year’s quartet has already begun work by performing at the recent Community Band concert in Louisburg.

“It is really a wonderful experience for me to be associated with and to help lead such fine young musicians,” Stephenson said. “Not only are they great performers but they’re also wonderful people. We look forward to performing for many events within the Vance-Granville Community College service area.”

For more information on VGCC music programs, call Michael Stephenson at (252) 738-3346. For more information on VGCC scholarships, call Jo Anna Jones, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Endowment director, at (252) 738-3430.

Above: VGCC music performance scholarship recipients for 2010-2011 include, from left, standing, Joseph Colquitt of Creedmoor, Derek Jones and Joseph Hedgepeth, both of Henderson, and, seated at keyboard, John Laible of Raleigh. (VGCC photo)