FOBMF 2017 Scholarship Opportunity

March 6, 2017 – The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) is pleased to announce its annual scholarship competition for young musicians in rural Northeastern Minnesota. High school seniors planning to pursue musical endeavors while attending college are invited to apply.


Two $750 scholarships are available. These one-time scholarships are open to student musicians residing in rural areas of St. Louis, Itasca, Lake, and Cook counties (excluding Duluth). Strong preference will be given to students who plan to major in music and pursue music-related careers. Those with musical backgrounds who plan to participate in performance activities such as ensembles, bands, or choirs in college are encouraged to apply.


“Pursuing a career in music is not easy and resources for young musicians—particularly in rural areas—are lacking. The intention of this scholarship opportunity is to encourage student musicians and provide them with a small incentive to assist with their educational and professional goals,” says Troy Rogers, FOBMF president.


This marks the seventh consecutive year of FOBMF scholarship opportunities. Past recipients include: Ali Juntunen, Deer River; Kelly Heinonen, Virginia; Kari Haaversen, Two Harbors; Samantha Mutchler, Grand Rapids; Steven Tedman, Mesabi East; Ricky “Chip” Sundstrom, Two Harbors; Aaron Wilcox, Virginia; Austin Becicka, Virginia; Ginger Lund, Deer River; Kimberly Rice, Virginia; Haylee Donnelson, Mesabi East; Justin Bohrer, Two Harbors; Bryon Klimek, Chisholm; and Alayna Starr, Virginia. Learn more about FOBMF’s talented scholarship recipients:


The scholarship application deadline is Friday, April 14, 2017 at 5pm (CST). More information and an application are available online:


The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation

The FOBMF was created to honor the memory of Bradley Edward Rozman through programs that cultivate and celebrate young Minnesota musicians. The Foundation administers a number of programs aimed towards this goal, including the music events BradFest and BradtoberFest. The FOBMF is a 501(c)(3). For more information or to contribute to the cause, contact or visit


Bradley E. Rozman

Brad Rozman lived for music. He discovered a love for drumming at a young age and pursued this passion with vigor for the rest of his life. In the early days, he formed garage bands with musician friends and led the drum line in the Virginia High School marching band. After high school, he went on to study percussion performance at St. Cloud State University and the University of Illinois-Urbana. When he returned to Minnesota after graduate school, Brad became involved in many music-making endeavors in the Duluth area, most notably as drummer for the bands High Volt Rustler and Equal Exchange. Brad’s life was cut short in May 2009 when he died unexpectedly of a seizure.



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