Ruckman Memorial Scholarship Fund
In Spring of 2017, we received a Scholarship application from a young man named Christopher Ruckman. His audition video was unlike anything we had seen. The Scholarship committee could not believe the level of musicianship that Chris possessed, the way his young hands made that guitar sing. He was truly a musical prodigy. Needless to say, he was awarded an RnRI Scholarship. A few months later, he tore down the Mendelssohn stage (figuratively, of course) with an amazing performance with his band Deadwood Bounty. Less than a year later, Chris and his little brother John “Jack” tragically left this earth, taking their talents and our hearts with them. We were blessed to have Chris as a camper and as a friend. And we were looking forward to eventually working with John as well, considering he was a phenomenal percussionist. Thanks to the generosity of our camper families, and friends and family of Chris and John, we received enough donations to start this Scholarship in their honor. The Ruckman Memorial Sholarship Fund is open to any and all applicants aged 12-20, any instruments. Scholarship is performance or needs-based, and is good for 1 week of summer camp, $399 value.