Local musician receives scholarship
Rockland — A 2013 graduate of Oceanside East High School received the first Archie Chase Memorial Scholarship at the Winslow-Holbrook American Legion Post 1 Feb. 20.
Aaron Clarke of Rockland received the $500 scholarship based on his application essay and first semester grade point average at University of Southern Maine — where he is studying music.
"When you see what he has been able to attain, it really opens up your eyes," said Legion member Jeff Conlin at the presentation ceremony. Clarke attained a 4.0 GPA his first semester with all A's.
"It was supposed to be for $250, but they were so impressed with his essay that they gave him $500 instead," said proud mom Kim McQuinn Clarke.
Clarke said he will put the money toward his education. His grandfather, Louis McQuinn, was a member of the American Legion Post.
Clarke is known for his participation in two local bands — Barbour and Clarke Jazz Duo and Sideways Highways. He plays the guitar primarily and drums secondary. He also sings.
"Eventually I want to become a bandleader of a group that performs the music that I compose'" said Clarke.
Clarke is enrolled in the bachelor of arts in Music program, but will be transferring to a new composition major next fall — which just got approved by the board at USM's school of music.
"Hooray!" said Clarke.
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