About MusicGirls Sandy’s MusicGirl Scholarship was created to remember Sandy Greer Morrison (who passed away in March 2014) by helping girls develop music skills, creativity and self-esteem. In addition to music scholarships the Musicgirl program offers a music camp, private lessons, loaned instruments, jam sessions, family music camp-outs, workshops and more. SMG is based in Lake Wales Florida and serves girls from 6 to 19 years old in central Florida. SMG is directed by Sandy’s husband, Steve Morrison, and is supported by donations from people and organizations who are excited about the MusicGirl programs and mission. SMG is a program of the Lake Wales Arts Council, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. Sandy’s MusicGirl Sholarship is a program of the Lake Wales Arts Council. How to Participate Donations to Sandy’s MusicGirl Scholarship may be made by clicking DONATE HERE. or mailing a check to the Lake Wales Arts Council P.O. Box 608 Lake Wales FL 33859-0608. Please indicate Sandy’s MusicGirls in the donation allocation. DONATE HERE Contributions of cash and usable instruments are greatly appreciated (and are tax deductible!). We also accept donated instruments. Become a sponsor History of Sandy’s MusicGirl Scholarship by Jim Robertson After the passing of his wife Sandy in March 2014, Steve “Sticky” Morrison shared his vision of Sandy’s MusicGirl Scholarships with Melanie and me. He wanted to honor Sandy’s memory by helping young girls discover the joys of music. He specifically wanted to take a group of girls that his wife Sandy was mentoring to a music camp. I suggested the Sunshine State Music Camp run by Charlie Groth in the Pinellas County area. Steve followed through and sponsored several girls and families to attend the camp. To Steve’s dismay Charlie had decided that the 2014 camp would be the last. Steve then asked Melanie and me if we knew of any other camps he could sponsor girls to attend. To my dismay (just kidding) I found myself saying “Steve, Let’s start our own camp for the girls.” In my work over the years as a high school administrator, college administrator and owner of a business that promoted educational events, I felt confident I could help our friend realize his vision and fulfill a vision that we shared. To make a vision reality, no matter the genre, requires assembling the parts needed whether they be colors for a painting or words for a song or players for a sports team. As the creative process unfolds, the vision becomes clearer as does the realization of more or different parts needed. SMGS Camp 2015 served 19 girls for one eight-hour day and was a success. SMGS 2016 served about 30 girls for an evening and a day and was a success. SMGS 2017 expanded to two full days and served about 48 girls ages 5-19. This year we expanded to two camps; one camp of two half days for girls 6-9 and a second one for three full days for girls 10-19. We registered 23 Junior MusicGirls and 47 Senior MusicGirls for a total of 70. Sixty-five actually attended the camp and filled your classes. Getting the girls to come to camp was only one part. The next part involved recruiting women instructors who were not only good musicians but also teachers who share the values we sought and the passion to be role models of success, inspiring the girls to become the best women they could be.