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2011 Paul Delph Memorial Scholarship Award
MAY 16, 2011
Text from the presentation by Linda Arnest (Paul's sister) at the 2011 award celebration for
The Paul Delph Memorial Scholarship fund was established in 1996 when we lost Paul to the AIDS virus. When Paul was a student here in the early 1970’s he knew he was gay, but he couldn’t talk to anyone about it… not his teachers, friends, not even his family. Very few people understood sexual orientation in those days.
The Delph family is very pleased to see that the Norwood High School faculty, staff and students have come a long way since then. Now Norwood is a safe supportive environment where gay people can be open about who they are without worry of harm or discrimination. We are very proud of you and your Gay/Straight Alliance.
So, it is my great pleasure to award this year’s Paul Delph Memorial Scholarship to Jacob Gerrety. Jacob's activities and honors include band, pep jazz, orchestra, marching and concert band, Gay-Straight Alliance Founder and President, Presidential academic award and honor roll. Jacob will attend the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Psychology.
Please visit the Contact page to make a donation to the sholarship fund.
About the Scholarship Awards
By Linda Arnest - posted in May, 2011
The family of Paul Delph has been awarding the Paul Delph Memorial Scholarship to a Norwood High student since 1997... one year after Paul passed away due to complications of the AIDS virus. Paul graduated from Norwood in 1975 and later from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. He then went on to a successful eighteen-year career in Los Angeles where he performed, recorded and wrote music for artists including The Pointer Sisters, Toni Basil, The Moody Blues and Bernie Taupin, among others. (See the Catalog page)
When Paul walked the halls of Norwood High he knew he was gay. He knew this from a very young age, but he didn't talk to anyone about it because in the 1970's very few people talked about it or understood it. Fortunately, our world has matured in the last thirty-five years and thanks to TV programs like Will and Grace, movies like Philadelphia and people like Ellen Degeneras, we are a more informed public; gay people can come out with less fear of reprisal. And yet, coming out is still a brave and risky thing to do.
In the past we have asked the Foundation, when possible, to choose a student recipient for the Paul Delph scholarship who was pursuing a college degree in music or the arts. That's what we have done again this year. We want future Norwood High grads to know that next year we look forward to presenting this award to an openly gay student.
This year it is my pleasure and privilege to present two Paul Delph scholarship awards. The first award goes to Jacob Hooks. Jacob is a four-year member of the Silhouettes and has been a member of the Academic Team for three years. He held the lead in this year's spring play, Footloose. Jacob will attend Case Western Reserve University majoring in Biology and Environmental Sciences.
The second award goes to Kristen Jackson. Kristen is a member of the Key Club, marching band, jazz band, concert band, and the Anthony Munoz Foundation. She has also served as stage crew manager and section leader of the band. Kristen will attend Northern Kentucky University majoring in Nursing.
Please visit the Contact page or see the article below for info on donations to the sholarship fund.
In addition to CD Baby, Paul's music is available on iTunes:
A GOD THAT CAN DANCE
CD available at cdbaby.com
|Downloads available at iTunes|
Paul's mother, June Delph, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at the age of 76 years. Here is related text from her obituary:
"Beloved wife of Harold Delph. Devoted mother of Linda Delph~Arnest and the late Paul Delph. Loving sister of Wilma Pittman, Mavis (Henry) Patton, and the late Pat Voelpel. Dear grandmother of Kristen McClanahan and Caitlin Arnest. Successful owner of June Delph Realty and longtime advocate for the GLBT community."
A memorial service was held on July 7 at the Norman Chapel, Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sympathy may be expressed by a memorial contribution to the Pershing FBO Paul Delph Scholarship Fund.
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