All scholarship opportunities on this page are for current students enrolled in a Purdue Band or Orchestra. Please read all application materials carefully.
Charles Hass, a vital member of the Purdue Bands family during the early 1990’s and an active participant in Kappa Kappa Psi, tragically lost his life in 2000. Members of Charles’ family along with friends and loved ones established the Charles M. Hass Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of Charles and to keep Charles’ love of Purdue and Purdue Bands alive forever. The recipient will be a junior or senior member of a Purdue University Band Department ensemble and will be an active member, in good standing, of either Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma. The recipient will be a leader in the band program, exhibiting Charles’ enthusiasm and spirit for university bands.
David M. Martin (BS ’83) was a member of the “All-American” Marching Band in the late 70’s-early 80’s. While a member, David served in various capacities including head of the Operations Office. From the time of their graduation from Purdue, Dave and his wife Debra (BSLA ’86) were strong supporters of the Purdue Band department. During the early years of the Joe Tiller era of Purdue Football, Dave and Deb Martin provided assistance to the “All-American” Marching Band by supplying transportation for all AAMB equipment to and from the various bowl games. This included the Rose Bowl in 2001. At a home football game in the fall of 2001, David Martin was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award from Purdue Bands for his success as a businessman and entrepreneur. Following Dave Martin’s untimely death in the Spring of 2002, Deb Martin, her family and friends established a scholarship honoring the memory of Dave Martin.
The Fall Concert Band Scholarship was established by an anonymous donor for our students who participate in the fall concert band.
The scholarship was established for an in-state student, who plays a woodwind instrument, in one of the Purdue Band or Orchestra ensembles. Mr. Hull, a Purdue Band Alum, played several different woodwind instruments during his time in the band. He was specifically involved with eh “All-American” Marching Band, Symphonic Band & was a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi.
Karen Steinhoff Price (BS/IM 1983) was introduced to music when she began flute lessons at the age of 8. Over the next few years, Karen also learned how to play the piccolo and the oboe. She developed a love for marching band while at Miami Palmetto High School and wanted “A big school with a good marching band” when she was looking at colleges to attend.
When Karen entered Purdue in the fall of 1979, she found that the “All-American” Marching Band did not contain a piccolo section. Karen convinced the director of their importance and she became the first piccolo player in the history of the Purdue marching band. She soon organized and led the piccolo section which still exists today.
Karen married Gary Price (BS IDE ‘83 and a trombone player) in 1984 and moved to the Pacific Northwest. While the mother of three girls her natural leadership abilities that showed at Purdue were applied to community activities. She founded and led the Mom’s Club of the Sammamish Plateau in Issaquah, WA. which soon spawned several other Moms’ Clubs in the greater Seattle Area
In 1994 Karen was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Karen continued her community leadership over the next six years while undergoing multiple chemotherapy sessions and even a bone marrow transplant. Karen passed away in 2000 three days before her 39th birthday.