You’d think Alyssa Ethington
would have plenty to keep her busy.
After all, she’s on her way to a
master’s degree at Arizona State
University, the last stop before
launching her career as a
board-certified music therapist.
a busy schedule hasn’t stopped the
Corona del Sol High School graduate
from finding time to help others.
has taken fellow students who are
challenged in some way under her
wing and helped to foster their love
of music,” said her voice teacher,
“Alyssa feels drawn to use her
musical gifts in a way that will
encourage other people. She helps
others to perform to their
potential, especially in terms of
music. She will use her education to
help better the world, one person at
dedication has paid off, it seems.
Alyssa has been selected by the
community-based Arts Council for
Youth as the first recipient of its
annual $1,000 music scholarship
named in memory of Damon Fawcett,
who graduated from Corona in 1994.
Damon served four years as a Special
Forces Marine and was a medical
student at University of
California-Davis at the time of his
death on March 23.
council received seven applications
for the scholarship from recent
graduates of four Tempe district
was very impressed by each of the
applications, and that factor made
the decision hard," said one member
of the scholarship committee. "These
are amazing applicants. They are a
credit to their music teachers,”
said another reviewer.
scholarship is aimed at current
seniors in the Tempe Union High
School District who are planning to
major in music. They may apply for
selection in 2008 by visiting the
council’s website at