Martha Shaw Music Scholarship Program

When in our music God is glorified,
And adoration leaves no room for pride.
It is as though the whole creation cried:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
    ELW 850

Martha Shaw Music Scholarships are available to St. Paul members in grades 6 – 11 to support their talent and interest in music. This scholarship, named in honor of a music teacher and beloved member of St. Paul, may be used in a variety of ways including summer music camps, private lessons and special workshops. Application forms are available each spring. Recipients are expected to perform at the Martha Shaw Scholarship Recital in the spring, and participate in various fundraisers throughout the year.


About Martha Shaw

The Martha Shaw Music Scholarship fund was begun in 2000 as a way of carrying on Martha’s love of nurturing the talents of young musicians. Martha was actively involved in the music at St. Paul all her life from her days in Cherub Choir to the many times she played her violin at worship services. The St. Paul congregation was always very supportive of her efforts.

A graduate of Jackson Jr. High, Willowbrook High School and Augustana College, Martha was a concert master of each of these school orchestras. She was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony for several years, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Elmhurst Symphony, and the Rock Island Symphony. In high school, she performed a Mozart concerto with the orchestra and was awarded the yearly music scholarship from the music boosters club. In college she was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, an honorary music fraternity. She graduated from Augustana with a degree in music education.

Martha taught Suzuki violin at Wheaton College and traditional violin in her home. She was a wonderful teacher and dearly loved her students, and was well loved by her students and colleagues. She impacted many young lives in a very positive way.

This scholarship embodies everything that was meaningful to Martha—her church, music, and young people. The purpose of this scholarship is to carry on Martha’s love of nurturing the God-given talents of young people, to enrich their lives, the life of St. Paul and the greater community.

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