Scholarship to benefit singers

Monika Peters poses as one of last year’s Worthy Women of Distinction. She has started a scholarship for vocal music students with her own money.

The Monika Peters Vocal Scholarship will award $500 to one graduating senior from Papillion-La Vista South High School who is involved with vocal music or plans to pursue it as a career.

Peters, a 53-year-old teacher at Papillion Junior High, grew up with no profound love for music. But when she found school transcripts from the army father she barely knew, her future became clearer.

She discovered a man who had ambition for vocal music. Her father enrolled in choir and other music courses. During middle school, Peters was encouraged by her music instructor.

“Music is such a huge part of my life,” she said. “This is my little way of giving back.”

The award was also an opportunity for the woman, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, to give back to the community that supported her during radiation treatments and chemo therapy.

“The support I received from the school and community was overwhelming,” Peters said.

The scholarship requires students to submit a resume, transcript and two letters of recommendation and a short essay answering what vocal music lessons mean to them.

The deadline for the scholarship is Jan. 31. The program is administered by the Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation, which awards many other scholarships.

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