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June 14, 2021 (Ann Arbor, MI) — Seven local high school seniors have been awarded Remedios Montalbo and A. Michael Young Scholarships to support their continued studies in music and other subjects at college. 

Awarded yearly since 2016, the Remedios Montalbo and A. Michael Young Scholarships are offered in collaboration with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, recognizing and supporting highly motivated college-bound seniors at Pinckney and Ypsilanti Community High Schools. The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is committed to playing an active role in the local community through educational and engagement initiatives and engagement initiatives. A2SO musicians have paired with Pinckney HS students on stage for an annual Side by Side Concert in recent years.

Listed below are the Remedios Montalbo and A. Michael Young/Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Scholarship winners:

Ypsilanti HS student and recipient of both an A2SO and Wolverine Pathways scholarship, Raven K. Brown will be pursuing Nursing with a specialty in neonatal care at the University of Michigan. 

Awarded the General Studies scholarship, Ypsilanti HS student Tovya S. Dawson plans to form a support group for students while pursuing her passion for STEMM subjects at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. 

With a passion for promoting arts education in South East Asia, Jacob K. Egnor from Ypsilanti HS is awarded the A2SO Scholarship to further his studies at Washtenaw Community College. 

Majoring in Graphic Design and Illustration, General Studies Scholarship recipient and Ypsilanti HS student Rachael D. Rutley plans to develop her creative skillset at Eastern Michigan University. 

With plans to pursue Pre-law at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti HS student Arissa Cruz-Daniels is committed to the cause of social justice and contributing to improvements in immigration law. She is awarded a General Studies Scholarship. 

Driven to combat world hunger through pursuing studies in Agriculture at Michigan State University, General Studies Scholarship awardee and Ypsilanti HS student Issa K. Yattasaye hopes to become an agri-food engineer and build a greener, more sustainable planet. 

Our final scholarship recipient, Bridget N. Kramer from Pinckney HS plans on giving back to her local community after earning her degree in Special Education from Saginaw State University. 


Launching their 93rd season, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (A2SO) is a premier regional orchestra that creates live, orchestral music for 70,000 listeners each year. They engage with the community not only through innovative concert programming in the Michigan Theater and Hill Auditorium, but also via educational programs, radio, recordings, numerous community concerts, and online streaming activity. To find out more about the A2SO’s upcoming activity and ongoing initiatives, visit www.a2so.com.