The Kerdyk family recently awarded college scholarships to two musically talented high school seniors.
Established in 2002, the Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship Fund at the Coral Gables Community Foundation awards scholarships annually to graduating seniors who display an interest in music during their high school years. The scholarship is named after long-serving Coral Gables Commissioner William H. Kerdyk Sr. and continued by his family today.
Bill Kerdyk Sr. had a love of music that he shared with his own children and established the scholarship fund to help students who also possess a love of music. Since its inception, the Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship Fund has distributed more than $36,000. Overall academic success, a love for music and an intention to study music in college are factors in the evaluation process.
The following students are recipients of this year’s scholarship awards:
Camila Conesa is a gifted musician with a diverse collection of capabilities. She is a trained classical pianist and has participated in the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Choir since her freshman year. She also can play the guitar and drums and has interned for local musicians and in recording studios.
In addition to her musical talents, Camila has an impressive academic resume. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, History Honors Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, as well as being involved in a number of other extracurricular actives, including equestrian competitions.
Camila intends to study music and music business at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Tracy Kerdyk presented the scholarship to Camila at Carrollton on Apr. 23.
Maria Yow is an extremely talented student and vocalist at Coral Gables Senior High School. She is a Soprano Section Leader in the school’s Women’s Ensemble choir, sings in the exclusive a cappella group, DIVISI, and serves as treasurer of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Her activities go beyond the music classroom, including being a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, International Baccalaureate Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, plus many other clubs.
Maria. who plans to pursue music in college at Florida International University, received her scholarship award at an Apr. 28 awards ceremony at Gables High.