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The Garrett Mangelson Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Garrett Mangelson, the late son of Brek and Brooke Mangelson. Mr. Mangelson, aka “Mango” was the Band Director at Westlake High School from 2009, when the school first opened, until 2018. When Garrett passed away in 2011, efforts were made by the Westlake band family to rally around his family, which led to the creation of blue wristbands that were imprinted in honor of Garrett. Students in the program at that time wore the original bracelets throughout the season and many for the rest of their time at Westlake and beyond. These bracelets became a symbol of hope, solidarity, and unity among the Westlake band family. It is in this same spirit that the band boosters have created this scholarship fund to offer hope, assistance, and solidarity to students who wish to join the Westlake Marching Thunder but face financial circumstances that would otherwise prohibit participation. Award amounts and the number of scholarships offered will vary depending on funds available each year. Scholarship money will be awarded based on financial need, student merit, and a desire to contribute to the Westlake Marching Thunder program.
To be considered, please submit an application. Part of the application is a 1000 to 1500 word essay explaining why you would like to be a member of the Westlake Marching Thunder, what you expect to gain personally through your participation, and what you hope to contribute to the band. Please remember to share any extenuating circumstances that demonstrate a need for this scholarship and how, if awarded, it would affect your ability to participate. Fill out this form, complete the essay, and submit online as directed.
Applications should be submitted by midnight on June 1, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be notified prior to payment of fees in July.