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Tom & Marilyn Getchell Scholarship Fund
During his all too brief tenure as a board member and incoming President of OperaLex (2011-2013), Tom Getchell encouraged the OperaLex board to establish a fund for scholarships for graduate students in the UK Opera Theatre program. When he learned from UKOT’s Executive Director, Everett McCorvey, that the doctoral students who entered UKOT with full scholarships were funded only for three years and that many of them were forced to interrupt their studies in their fourth and final year to seek outside employment, Tom suggested that the OperaLex scholarship funds be dedicated to assisting these students in the completion of their degree program. In May of 2013, OperaLex raised more than $14,000 for UKOT scholarships at its annual fundraising event. After Tom’s untimely passing in July 2013, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to create the Tom Getchell Scholarship Fund with these funds.
Dr. Marilyn Getchell, Tom’s wife, pledged a matching gift of $10,000 to be matched at the 2015 OperaLex fundraiser ‘Encore!’ Thanks to our generous patrons, the Tom Getchell Scholarship Fund raised a total of $14,000 that night.
With Marilyn’s passing earlier this year, the Scholarship Fund now honors both of them. The Getchell family estate is generously continuing their $10,000 matching gift for this scholarship at the annual “Encore” event.
OperaLex will continue to raise funds for this very worthwhile purpose. If you wish to contribute please click the button below, or send a check (made payable to OperaLex, and noted for the Getchell Scholarship Fund) to:
PO Box 8463
Lexington, KY 40533-8463