Jimmie Webster Scholarship at Berklee College of Music -
On August 11, 2008 Berklee celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Gretsch Company, one of the world's best-known guitar and drum makers. August 11 also marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary Gretsch Company guitar clinician and marketing manager Jimmie Webster. Accordingly, the Gretsch Foundation endowed a scholarship at Berklee in Webster's name.
A guitarist, inventor, and marketer, Webster guided Gretsch in an era of explosive growth and popularity beginning in the 1940s and extending through the 1960s. The Gretsch scholarship will support an outstanding student majoring in music business.
"We are deeply honored by the association with the Gretsch Company, and grateful for the opportunity to assist a deserving student in our major," says Don Gorder, chair of Berklee's Music Business/Management Department. "Gretsch products are known throughout the world for quality, and that's what we strive for at Berklee. This gift will help us to attract the best and brightest."