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Scholarship Guidelines

Tony Rischling Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

"He had a craft for teaching. He was great at it. Kids were drawn to him."
"He would teach things in a way that I had never thought of and it made me a better teacher."
"Everybody who was around him got better because of him." –Colleagues of Mr. Rischling

The family of Mr. Tony Rischling has created this scholarship as a legacy to his work with students and his love for music. Mr. Rischling was a middle school band director, working with students from Barr, Walnut, and Westridge. In 2016, Mr. Rischling lost his battle with Burkitts Lymphoma a rare and aggressive cancer. He was only 36. During his time at GIPS Mr. Rischling taught thousands of students to love music. He was known for his passion and patience. He connected with students, encouraged them to be their best, and helped them grow as musicians who were ready to move to the next level. He had a way of making each student feel appreciated and loved (even if they didn't practice!).

Mr. Rischling's ultimate composition and legacy is the music he wrote on the hearts of students and all who were around him.

The scholarship is intended for students who have spent their high school years involved in Band at Grand Island Senior High.

Amount and Terms

  • $700 x 1 year

Number of Scholarships

  • 1


  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be enrolled in Band during senior year of high school

Essay Question

  • Mr. Rischling had a deep love for music and its impact on his students.  How has music impacted your life? (Max 500 words)


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