Anna Ragan (center), a senior music education major at Reinhardt College, was selected earlier this fall from a pool of 12 applicants nominated by independent schools across Georgia to receive the $5000 Gary Lee Scholarship for the 2008-09 year. On November 3, 2008, a reception was held in her honor where was congratulated by Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood (from left), Reinhardt president, and his wife, Bettye Jo, her mother, Lisa Ragan, and father, Brad Ragan, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lee.
"I am so honored," said Reinhardt College senior Anna Ragan, a music education major from Marietta, Ga. Earlier this fall, she was selected from a pool of 12 applicants nominated by independent schools across Georgia to receive the $5000 Gary Lee Scholarship for the 2008-09 year.
“This scholarship means so much to me,” said Ragan. “I am working hard and trying to get my college education paid for without having to take out loans, so this scholarship helps me achieve that goal. I'm so grateful to the Lee family for their generous contributions, and I am honored to be chosen out of all the competitors throughout the state.”
The Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, GFIC, administered the scholarship, which is funded by The Foundation for Higher Education-UPS Fund and given in honor of Mr. Gary Lee of Alpharetta, Ga. Mr. Lee had a long and very well-respected tenure with UPS, and upon his retirement from the Foundation Board, the organization decided to honor his accomplishments by designating one of their scholarships in his honor.
Sharing Her Love of Music
After completing her student teaching assignment in fall 2009, Ragan will graduate with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Performance. She plans to teach middle school band, and she says that she is “so excited about getting into the classroom” and sharing her “love of music with the children.”
“I look forward to being able to practically apply all the strategies and theories I have learned while studying at Reinhardt.”
Ragan's Reinhardt Activities
In addition to being a full-time student, Ragan is the State Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC) secretary, and she was Reinhardt’s CMENC chapter president in 2007-08. She is also a member of Reinhardt’s chapter of the Collegiate Music Teachers National Association (CMTNA) and the music education representative for the Reinhardt Organization of Student Educators (ROSE).
Crediting Reinhardt's Music Faculty
Ragan gives most credit to the music faculty at Reinhardt for her success. “We are so fortunate at Reinhardt to have professors who truly care about us as people and as students,” she said. “In the music department, I am so blessed to study with top-notch faculty members who are experts in their field. I know that at Reinhardt I am receiving a fabulous music education, and I will enter the music classroom prepared to handle anything that comes my way.”
"She Will Make a Significant Contribution."
School of Communication Arts and Music Interim Dean Dr. Dennis McIntire described Ragan as outstanding. "She is intelligent, a self-starter, thorough in her work habits and has excellent performance and communication skills. Ms. Ragan will make a significant contribution as a music educator."
"We Are So Proud For Her."
Ragan had the opportunity to meet Mr. and Mrs. Lee at Reinhardt on Nov. 3, 2008, and thank them in person for the much-appreciated assistance and vote of confidence.
Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood said Ragan's selection further validates the quality of the educational experience at Reinhardt. "She was selected from 12 nominees representing some of the finest independent schools in our state," he said. "We are so proud for her, and we are grateful to philanthropists like the UPS Foundation and the Lees who make it financially possible for exceptional students like Anna to complete college and give back to the community through their chosen professions."
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