Marching band scholarship honors memory of Meg Ramsey

A new scholarship fund will benefit a member of Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and honor the memory of Edith Margaret “Meg” Ramsey.

The Edith Margaret “Meg” Ramsey Music Scholarship was created with a $1,000 gift from Dr. Keith Ramsey and his wife, Ann-Marie, of Greenville. Keith Ramsey is the son of Meg Ramsey.

“Members of the Ramsey family will help sustain the scholarship and invite members of the community to support it, as well, to honor the memory of Dr. and Mrs. Donald M. Ramsey, who gave so much to the Sylva and WCU communities,” said Meg White, WCU director of development. Donald Ramsey was the first full-time optometrist in Sylva, and Meg Ramsey was a longtime volunteer and supporter of the local high school band.

The music scholarship continues a tradition of Ramsey family support of WCU, including the Ramsey Family Scholarship Fund, which covers the full cost of in-state tuition for a junior majoring in one of the pre-professional health sciences.

The new scholarship will be awarded on the basis of need and merit to a second-year marching band member, majoring in any field, who shows academic potential and promise and who holds a grade point average of 3.0 or above. In order to be eligible, the student also must be a full-time student in good standing at Western Carolina and be a North Carolina resident.

The University Scholarship Committee and the marching band director will select the recipient. Under current director Bob Buckner, WCU’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band earned the 2009 Sudler Trophy, the nation’s top honor for collegiate marching bands, and will appear in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade.

To contribute to, or for more information about, the Edith Margaret “Meg” Ramsey Music Scholarship, call the Office of Development at 828-227-7214 or go online to and click on the “Giving to WCU” tab at the top of the page.