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Grand Island Concert Association - Irma Louise "Pat" Nichols Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required
1 minute audio file upload Required

Born in 1915, Irma Louise Nichols surrounded herself with music and theater through her high school years. At age 16, young Irma played the part of “Pat” in the show The Wild Oats Boy by Lillian Mortimer. Though the show was short-lived, the nickname was not. From then forward she was called Pat. She became an accomplished pianist and church organist, a career that spanned 50 years. Pat enjoyed countless concert and theater performances her whole 102 years of life.

Pat could not go to college because of the Great Depression. It is her family’s wish to help provide an opportunity for young people to fulfill their college dreams. This scholarship is designed to carry on Pat’s musical legacy for students who pursue music as an avocation or career.

The Irma Louise "Pat" Nichols Memorial Scholarship is a part of the Grand Island Concert Association Scholarships. In the spirit of encouraging musical and theatrical talent, the GICA offers scholarships annually to area students who have a plan to continue to grow and use their gifts.

Amount and Terms

  • $1,000 x 1 year

Number of Scholarships

  • 1


  • Must be a graduate of one of the following high schools:  Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island Central Catholic, Grand Island Northwest, Heartland Lutheran, St. Cecilia, Heartland Community High School, Loup City, Ord, Palmer, High Plains, Ravenna, Shelton, St. Paul, Wood River, York, Nebraska Christian, Aurora, Central  City, Central Valley, Centura, Doniphan-Trumbull, Elba, Fullerton, Hampton, Hastings, or Adams Central.
  • Must be involved in music, musical theater or musical performance in school and/or in the community
  • Student must upload a 1 minute audio file showing proficiency in voice or instrument. (Theater students upload a monologue or reading).
  • Must attend an accredited trade school, university, or college

Essay Questions

  • Give a brief synopsis of your involvement in school and community music and/or theater activities. (Max 500 words)
  • What are your dreams for using your talent in music and/or theater 10 years from now? Tell us how you plan to continue to develop your interest and talent. (Max 500 words)


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