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For Immediate Release

Bluebird Foundation Announces Spring Scholarship Recipients

Duluth MN

Eight area high school students were each awarded $500 scholarships from the Bluebird Foundation.  The reception was held Sunday, May 1st, at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth.

This year two awards were presented in each original category plus the Ray Wolffe Award was presented as a new scholarship this year.

Robert Sobczak from Cloquet High School Senior and Lyric Lekander from Barnum High School,  were awarded the John D. Munsell award for theater. The award is named after the late Munsell who was the director of theater at UWS for over 25 years and directed over 70 theatrical productions 

Erik Aas and Ruth Yates from Duluth East High School were awarded the C.M. Bud Schultz Music Award. The award is named after Bud Schultz, the long-time band director at West Junior High School in Duluth.

Madison Sweeney and Elliana Vesely were awarded the Rose Mary HarmeierHoene Dance Award. HarmeierHoene, a long-time area dance instructor, is the late mother of Bluebird Foundation Board Member Rose Hoene. Madison attends Proctor High School and Elliana attends Cumberland High School.

Nick Bostrom from Hermantown High School was awarded the Big Daddy’s Brass music award. The Award is sponsored by Dave Gonhue, owner of Big Daddy’s Burgers in Duluth’s Piedmont Heights. Gonhue studied trombone under the late Jim Stellmaker, performed in college and toured with United States Air Force Band before entering the restaurant business.


Kaylee Matuszakfrom Hermantown was announced as the first ever winner of the Ray Wolffe Award.

In addition, two grants were awarded, one to the Music Resource Center to expand their lesson program in the amount of $500 and one to Darin Bergsven, Music Instructor at Harbor City to attend an African Music Ensemble Course this summer. Bergsven instructs kids throughout the area.

To date the Bluebird Foundation has awarded nearly $10,000 in Scholarships and Grants.

The Bluebird Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) founded in 2014

For additional information contact Tracy Lundeen at 218-727-1177 or email: bluebirdfoundationinc@gmail.com.