Iowa High School Senior Receives $10,000 Wilshire Quinn Musical Arts Scholarship
SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wilshire Quinn Capital, Inc. announces Aviana Gedler as the recipient of the annual $10,000 Wilshire Quinn Musical Arts Fellowship. Wilshire Quinn will apply the funds toward her fall enrollment as a freshman at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa.
Wilshire Quinn has received over 1,000 scholarship applications, each including personal statements and video performances.
Gedler currently works as an assistant teacher at a piano and guitar lesson studio in Des Moines, Iowa. As an incoming student in Southwestern’s music program, she will study jazz, classical voice, piano, and viola. After graduating from the two-year program, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music performance or education.
“We are proud to recognize Aviana and her incredible dedication to music with this year’s scholarship,” said Christopher M. Garcia, CEO of Wilshire Quinn Capital. “We were moved by her rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Smile’, in which she sang and played oboe and viola. Listening to it, we were reminded of the power of music to encourage feelings of hope and perseverance – certainly things the world can use more of right now.
Gedler’s passion for music began at the age of 5, when she joined a youth choir. Soon after, she began performing in musicals at the Des Moines Playhouse, including “The Sound of Music”, “Seussical”, and “Fiddler on the Roof”. Throughout high school, Gedler participated in a band, orchestra, jazz choir, and the National Association for Music Education’s Tri-M® Music Honor Society. His accomplishments also include participating in the Iowa All-State Music Festival throughout high school, alternating instruments almost every year.
“My family has been a huge musical inspiration,” Gedler said. “My mom is an amazing pianist and a middle school choir teacher. My sister and brother both got music degrees in college, and even though my dad didn’t study music after high school, he has a great voice and is definitely our biggest fan.
Gedler draws inspiration from artists Ben Folds and Regina Spektor, who she says shaped her as a musician.
“My goal is to be a performer, but I would also like to be a music teacher, or both,” Gedler said. “I’m happy as long as I meet new people and use the power of music to help them grow.”
About Wilshire Quinn Scholarship
The Wilshire Quinn Musical Arts Scholarship, launched in 2019, is an annual $10,000 award given to a qualified candidate who exemplifies leadership in the musical arts through talent and character. The scholarship funds are used directly for tuition, paid to the winner’s educational institution.
The entry includes a brief personal statement describing what music means to the entrant and a filmed musical performance. Applications for the 2021 scholarship will open to applicants on January 1, 2021 and the winner will be announced on May 15, 2021.
Visit wilshirequinn.com/scholarship/ to learn more about the scholarship and application process.
About Wilshire Quinn Capital, Inc.
Funding for the Wilshire Quinn Musical Arts Scholarship is provided by Wilshire Quinn Capital, Inc. Founded in 2004, Wilshire Quinn Capital manages the Wilshire Quinn Income Fund, a private company. As one of the leading portfolio lenders, both nationally and specifically in the State of California, Wilshire Quinn Capital is committed to strengthening local communities by supporting the arts with awards such as scholarship Wilshire Quinn Musical Arts. Learn more about wilshirequinn.com.