Scholarship created in honor of former faculty member

The Patricia “Patty” Green Graduate Strings Scholarship has been created in honor of Green, a past violin faculty member at Marshall University and beloved teacher to generations of Huntington residents.

The scholarship was established anonymously, and supports a graduate student who is a string major in the School of Music and in good academic standing. First preference goes to a violinist, and second preference goes to another bowed string (cello, viola) player. The award is renewable as long as the recipient maintains good academic standing.

Green graduated from Huntington East High School in 1947 before receiving a degree in music education from Marshall University in 1951.  She  left her home state to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree at Ohio University, and for her first two years of teaching, she taught at St. Mary’s High School, in Pleasants County, West Virginia. She returned to Huntington to teach at Marshall’s Laboratory School for 17 years, where she taught and also trained student teachers. During this time, she became an assistant professor.  After the lab school closed in 1970, she moved to the music department at Marshall as an associate professor, where she continued to teach music education and offer violin lessons.

A 2016 recipient of The Herald-Dispatch Citizen Award for the Arts, Green was honored for her dedication to musical arts education and her lasting impact on generations of musicians.

With the creation of this scholarship, her hope is that the next generation can continue to keep music alive in Huntington.

"Music is a part of everybody’s lives, from the time we get up in the morning until we go to bed at night, whether it’s at a football game, grocery store, or restaurant. We need to support the arts, especially the classic arts," said. "My string teachers were wonderful and I would not have been the violinist I am without them. It has affected my life, seeing students who have gone ahead with music and made it a part of their life, whether it be professionally or that it has just enriched their everyday life. Marshall has outstanding violin and cello professors now, Drs. Reed Smith and Şölen Dikener are fine performers and educators. It is important to support Marshall’s music department to continue strengthening the bowed string area of education."

To contribute to the Patricia “Patty” Green Graduate Strings Scholarship, please visit www.marshall.edu/donate and include the scholarship name in the notes section, or mail a check to 519 John Marshall Dr. Huntington, WV 25703 and include the scholarship name in the memo line. To learn more about this scholarship, please contact the College of Arts and Media at 304-696-6433.