Sponsored annually by the Presser Foundation, this award is made to an outstanding senior majoring in music. The award consists of $500 from the foundation which is matched by the University with a tuition credit of $500 for the student's senior year. Financial need is not a consideration. As provided in Mr. Presser's will, the subjects studied by the student selected must not be confined to music but "must include, at least to the extent of one-third, other academic subjects." Selection is made by the UNH President and the Chair of the Music Department.
2017 Recipient: Joe Harris
Joseph Harris has been named the 2017 Presser Scholar by the UNH Department of Music. Joseph is an alum of Milford High School and a Music Education student studying Voice at UNH. Before deciding to return to college and complete his degree, Joseph briefly studied Music Business at Syracuse University and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He also worked for Kaplan, Inc. for several years as an SAT Prep instructor and was named Kaplan’s Teacher of the Month in the Boston Region for July 2013. During his time at UNH, Joseph has remained on the Dean’s list, taught piano lessons through the Piano Extension Program and performed with the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Opera Workshop and Jazz Choir. Joseph is also an active member and chairperson on the student side of the UNH Student Recruiting committee. After the completion of his degree, Joseph hopes to teach in some capacity, whether it be private or public, music or math.