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Akin music scholarship endowed


Bandera ISD announced this week the endowment of the Akin Music Scholarship at Bandera High School. Mr. and Mrs. Duryl "Gibby" Bailey of Belton, Texas, have donated $25,000 to endow a scholarship which is anticipated to grow to over $40,000. The Akin Music Scholarship will benefit BHS graduates who intend to pursue a music major in college. This scholarship has been established in honor of Janelle Akin Nesting (BHS class of 1950) and Nancy Akin Bailey (BHS class of 1957).
The $1000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior who participated in the music program while at Bandera High School and will be awarded based on the following criteria: musical ability and musical participation in high school, scholastic achievement during high school and personal character.
"This scholarship will mean so much to our graduates by supporting the music program at BHS. We really appreciate Mr. and Mrs. Bailey's generous donation," said Principal Gary Bitzkie.
Janelle and Nancy Akin are the daughters of Charles Shelton Akin and Adelle Davis Akin. While attending Bandera High School, Janelle played saxophone in the high school band for four years. She also served as pianist for the Bandera First Baptist Church.
Nancy Akin also played saxophone in the Bandera High School Band beginning in 6th grade and continuing through high school. She was a band majorette all four years in high school. She also played in the high school dance band, the "Gay Notes." She competed in the UIL music competition and was a member of the National Honor Society. Nancy served as church pianist for the Bandera First Baptist Church. She was an honor graduate in the Bandera High School class of 1957. She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and taught piano lessons for 30 years.
For more information about this scholarship, contact BHS Counselors Charlie Dickey or Deeanna McLendon at 830-796-6254, or email cdickey@banderaisd.net or dmclendon@banderaisd.net.
For more information about how to endow a scholarship for BHS graduates, contact Tish Grill at the BISD Central Administration Office at 830-796-6205 or tgrill@banderaisd.net.