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Duke Kramer Scholarship for Music Business Students -
Duke Kramer Scholarship Elmhurst College is delighted to announce the creation of a new scholarship for students in its Music Business program. Established this fall, the new Duke Kramer Scholarship is the result of the generosity of Fred W. Gretsch, fourth-generation owner of The Gretsch Company and a member of the Elmhurst College Class of 1971. It was he who made possible a substantial gift to Elmhurst from the Sylvia & William Gretsch Foundation. The Duke Kramer Scholarship will benefit Elmhurst students with an interest in the "music products" sector of the music industry. Money will be available beginning in the 2007-2008 academic year. Preference will be given to applicants from high schools in Downers Grove and Naperville, Illinois.

The new scholarship honors the memory of the late Charles "Duke" Kramer, a 70-year Gretsch employee. He was pivotal in making Gretsch a brand prized by guitar aficionados, and became the man who knew everything about the instrument. In 1995, the Smithsonian Institution asked Kramer to be part of a symposium on the development of the electric guitar.

Students interested in applying or learning more about the Duke Kramer scholarship may contact Tim Hays, chair and professor of music, at timh@elmhurst.edu. For more information call (630) 617-3033.