Robert P. Pickell touched the lives of countless students during his thirty-eight years of teaching music. His legacy carries on through this scholarship to a student pursuing music education.
Music is a way to express emotions, to live a fuller life. Bob believed that music could be an entry point for endless discovery. He taught that the power of friendship was paramount. In fact, Bob began teaching music because he loved the honor of spending his days with young people - and oh how they loved him back! Bob often shared how his students' eyes would light up when they walked into his classroom. Music brought them as much joy as it did Bob.
Music is something everyone has in common. It is a valuable part of all students' education, whether or not they decide to pursue it past the elementary or high school doors. All genres of music were celebrated in Bob's teaching. From singing nursery rhymes to rocking out to Bruno Mars, he believed music brought people together.
Through this scholarship, Bob's joyous and vibrant passion for music continues to live on, from generation to generation, in his beloved Plymouth Schools.
The purpose of the fund is to provide one or more annual scholarships to a Plymouth High School senior residing in Marshall County, Indiana. The applicant must be a graduating senior with a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA), intending to pursue music education as a full-time student from any accredited four-year institution. Preference may be given to a student planning to attend Ball State University. The award will be merit based. Two letters of recommendation may be required in addition to an essay on the student’s goals for the future.
Students use the Plymouth Common Application for this scholarship.