All of us at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) are thrilled to celebrate this year’s recipients of the 2024 Geraldine Marshall Scholarship Awards from the North End. The  following NEMPAC students were awarded scholarships:

Emilia Bruno, age 5, studying private piano instruction
Ferdinand Carangelo, age 15 and studying private piano instruction
Alexandru-Victor Cristescu, age 8, studying private piano instruction
Noah Mendes, age 11, studying private piano, voice, and guitar instruction
Alexandra Rosa Perrina, age 14, studying private guitar instruction
Parker Watson, age 11, studying private guitar instruction

The Geraldine Marshall Scholarship Fund is entering its 10th year and continues to preserve the legacy of a woman who loved children and the arts. The Scholarship Fund was established by Geraldine’s son, Representative Aaron Michlewitz. Ms. Marshall, who passed away ten years ago at the age of 68, was born in Dorchester in 1946, moved to the North End at the age of 21, and settled here for almost 50 years before her passing.

The fund also supported two youth music scholarships at the Community Music Center of Boston, including recipientNikita Yang, and sponsored the annual merit-based NEMPAC Youth Music Competition.

Representative Michlewitz says, “Our family is once again excited to celebrate my mother’s dedication to providing young people with access to the arts. We are extremely thankful for everyone’s support of the Marshall Scholarship and congratulate this year’s beneficiaries.”

Marshall’s love of the arts and passion for the North End has inspired $45,000 in scholarships awarded to 42 youth students over the last 10 years to students seeking to participate in an arts enrichment program, such as private music lessons, enrollment in a group instrument program, or an after-school musical theatre.

“As an organization dedicated to fostering the growth and enrichment of young artists, we are grateful for the support orchestrated by this scholarship fund. It not only provides access to music and arts education but also cultivates deeper engagement in the arts in our entire community,” said Sherri Snow, Executive Director of NEMPAC.

On June 2nd, NEMPAC will host its 7th Annual North End Cornhole Classic, which continues to support the fund and the ability to make exceptional music programs more accessible to youth in the North End and City of Boston. More information on how to attend and participate as a spectator or player can be found here, or make a donation to the fund here.