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April 10, 2007

Birmingham-Southern College students awarded scholarships while serving area churches

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Two Birmingham-Southern students were recently awarded the only scholarships given in a competition sponsored by the Birmingham Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The students, along with one other BSC student, are currently serving three area churches with their talent while continuing their studies at the college.

Patrick Scott, a junior music/organ performance major from Picayune, Miss., is currently serving as organist of the First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa and was awarded the Myrtle Jones Steele Scholarship by the Birmingham AGO. He was also named winner of the state level of the regional competition for young artists. He is the son of Boyd and Nancy Scott.

Kenny Lewis, a freshman music/organ performance major from Mount Olive, was recently named organist-choirmaster of Saint Simon Peter Episcopal Church in Pell City and won the Minnie McNeil Carr Scholarship by the Birmingham AGO. He is the son of Ken and Robin Lewis.

Richard Byrd, a junior church music major from Mountain Brook, is the assistant organist at St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church in Birmingham. He was runner up of the state level of the regional competition for young organists. Byrd is the son of Rick and Rene Byrd.

The Myrtle Jones Steele Scholarship is named in memory of Myrtle Jones Steele who was a longtime organist and piano teacher in Birmingham.

The Minnie McNeil Carr Scholarship is named for a former organist of Independent Presbyterian Church and a former member of the BSC music faculty

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