ORLANDO, Fla. The Doris Paisley Memorial Music Scholarship has been established at Valencia College. Paisley was a longtime player and concertmistress of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra. Her life was dedicated to performance violin. She joined the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15, where she played a total of 40 years and achieved first violin. Paisley was a graduate of State Teachers College at Indiana, now Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with a bachelor's degree in education. Her passions were education and music.
When Paisley passed away in 2011, Valencia faculty member Neal Phillips, a 1989 graduate of Altoona Area High?School, found a way to honor his childhood violin teacher: by providing scholarship funds for musically inclined students to attend college.
Paisley took a chance on a young Phillips when she agreed to teach the preschooler violin. Phillips became her youngest student ever.
Recently, two Valencia College students each received a $1,000 Instrumental Music Scholarships in memory of Paisley.
Both students have a passion for music.
The scholarship funds will provide students the resources to explore their love of music while at Valencia and still afford core classes.