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Sarah E. Menez Scholarship

Establishment of Scholarship

In 2014, the Beechwood Band Boosters in association with Joseph Menez established this scholarship in the amount of $500 in memory of his late wife and identified criteria on which the scholarship recipients be selected: first on their exemplifying the finest qualities that characterized Sarah Menez as a humane person and second on their musicianship in playing a musical instrument and academic achievement.  The scholarship is funded through an annual donation to the Beechwood Band Boosters, an IRC 501(c) (3) organization, by Joseph Menez and any other gifts, so designated.

Scholarship recipients will receive a plaque in whose name the scholarship is awarded and a Master plaque will be prominently maintained to memorialize the permanent display of scholarship recipients located in the Band Room of Beechwood High School. The scholarship is awarded annually to one Beechwood Bands student at the Spring Band Banquet.


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Scholarship Application Process



Deadline to submit has passed. 




Students eligible for the scholarship are graduating Beechwood High School seniors who intend to continue their education at an accredited College or University for the upcoming school year.  Consideration will be given to students, as follows: 


  • demonstrated commitment to use one’s talents to the fullest

  • demonstrated moral force of character to lead and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings

  • demonstrated personal qualities of thoughtfulness, kindness, unselfishness and fellowship

  • demonstrated commitment to the study, practice, and playing of a musical instrument(s) and musicianship itself

  • demonstrated academic achievement

  • submitted personal essay


(Note: The personal essay will be weighed heavily by the Scholarship Committee.)

Amount of Scholarship


Each Scholarship awarded will be $500.00.  The scholarship will be forwarded directly to the College/University the recipient will attend and deposited toward tuition expenses. 



The application deadline was Monday, April 22, 2024 at 11:59pm. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.  The Sarah E. Menez Memorial Scholarship Committee will use the postmark date to determine mailed entries.


Scholarship Committee


The Scholarship Committee will comprise three members: (1) the Beechwood High School Director of Bands, (2) the President of the Beechwood Band Boosters, and (3) a representative of the Menez family. In the event that either the Band Director or the Band Booster Presidents’ child is a senior, the Associate Director of Bands and the Band Booster Vice-President shall serve in their stead for that year’s committee. 

Scholarship Award

The scholarship is awarded annually to one Beechwood Bands student at the Spring Band Banquet. A Beechwood news release will be issued each year announcing the scholarship followed by one recognizing the scholarship recipient.

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