Scholarship To Honor Robert Dooley
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Robert Dooley, the band instructor for Clark County R-1 High School. This scholarship is being done in honor of him.
Scholarship To Honor Robert Dooley
SAN MARCOS, Texas — Medical industry professionals Ryan and Erika Fogarty of Austin have endowed a scholarship in the School of Music at Texas State University, honoring Robert Dooley, a legendary teacher in Ryan’s hometown in Northeast Missouri.
Mr. Dooley has taught for decades at Clark County High School, instructing thousands of accomplished band members and voice students. He has a long list of honors, including the Outstanding Teacher Award given by the Missouri Association of Rural Education. Mr. Dooley has inspired numerous award-winning Marching Indians band members over the years. His students have performed aboard the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor, at the Kentucky Derby, the Indianapolis 500, the Macy’s Parade in New York, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, as well as the Orange Bowl and other major bowl games.
“He inspired me and others and taught us much more than just how to play our instruments,” said Fogarty, Vice President of Sales at Stanley Healthcare. “Mr. Dooley taught me how to be a part of and lead successful teams, how to properly apply myself to accomplish my own individual goals, and other life lessons that I still use today. I believe Music Education is a vital part of a child’s development and can think of no one that better that exemplifies the impact a great teacher can have than Mr. Dooley.”
Fogarty added that his ability to receive a $1,000 scholarship qualified him to pay in-state tuition at Texas State University. “I want to give kids from my area the same opportunity to receive the same benefit and fantastic experience that I had at Texas State,” he added. The Fogartys have designated the Robert Dooley Endowed Scholarship for Music Education to an out-of-state graduate or undergraduate student, with a preference for students from NE Missouri or SE Iowa.
Ryan came to Texas state as a music education major and switched to performance, graduating in 2000. Erika graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio and is a medical specialist at Medtronic.
Dr. John Fleming, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, commended the Fogartys for their generous gift and acknowledged the impact it will have on future music educators. “Each year, Texas State welcomes and graduates outstanding musicians and music educators who have found inspiration from their own Robert Dooley. They come from throughout the country, and no doubt this scholarship will continue to attract top talent.” In recent years, Texas State has been ranked as high as the 20thbest music program in the country.
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The College of Fine Arts and Communication has 5000 undergraduate and graduate students in five distinguished schools: The School of Art and Design, the Department of Communication Studies, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance. It is the first and only University in the United States to have received top 20 national rankings in all five of the fine arts areas of Art, Dance, Music, Theatre, and Musical Theatre. Its faculty and alumni have won 23 Grammy and Emmy Awards, 21 Fulbright Awards, and students have won 16 National Titles in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Awards. Its college radio station, KTSW-FM, is ranked 9thbest in the country.