DCC Student Receives 'Music Educator' Scholarship

January 21, 2011 – Dutchess Community College music performance student Josephine Morena Cuevas is the recipient of the first Allyn J. Washington Music Educator Scholarship.

The award will allow Cuevas to meet with music teachers at DCC and local public schools during the spring 2011 semester to observe them in a classroom setting. Then she will team with a mentor to teach percussion on the DCC campus. Cuevas will make a report to music department faculty members at the end of the semester and receive one credit for her work.

Cuevas has expressed interest in early childhood music education, percussion and teaching music to children with disabilities.

The scholarship is a joint effort between the College’s credit music performance certificate program and the credit-free Music School at DCC, which is part of the College’s Office of Community Services and has offered non-credit music education since 1972. The Music School is able to offer access to its well-trained teachers to enhance the experience of the scholarship recipient.

Allyn J. Washington was a founding faculty member at the college, teaching from 1958 through 1979. He has become one of the College’s major benefactors, donating close to $1 million to DCC through the years. The Allyn J. Washington Center for Science and Art was named in his honor, and the building’s art gallery was named in honor of Washington’s wife, Mildred.

For more information about the scholarship, contact Music School at Dutchess Community College Director Julie Wegener at (845) 431-8916 or wegener@sunydutchess.edu.




Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College is a two-year community college that has earned a reputation for providing an outstanding education at the lowest tuition in New York state. Its main campus is in Poughkeepsie, with a satellite campus in Wappingers Falls. For more information, visit www.sunydutchess.edu.