Notes in the Life and Career of Gerrie Collins


Memorial Scholarship Established at MSU

The Gerrie Collins Endowed Piano Scholarship will honor Dr. Collins’ distinguished career as a piano professor at Mississippi State University. To become a self-sufficient, perpetual award, the corpus must reach at least $25,000, and our goal is to meet or exceed that threshold by the October 15th memorial service (which is also Gerrie’s birthday) so that the first recipient can be named as soon as possible.

The university’s music department has enjoyed tremendous growth in recent years, opening a brand new, $21 million facility last November and continuing a drive (coincidentally called the the 88 Keys Program) to become an all-Steinway school. In fact, MSU Director of Development, Trish Cunetto, confirmed that one of the first donations to the Steinway initiative was made several years ago in Dr. Collins’ name by one of her former students.

The endowed scholarship now offers a way to directly honor Gerrie’s legacies as a teacher and help new generations of students at the same time.

To support the effort:

Standard credit card transaction fees (1.5% to 3.5%) apply.


Mail the form with your check directly to the MSU foundation. 100% of your donation will go to the fund.

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Want to Honor Dr. Collins?

To support the Gerrie Collins Endowed Piano Scholarship, visit the Mississippi State University Foundation giving page, and use the search box to quickly locate the fund. Alternatively, you can print and fill out the pdf form, specifying the fund name on the appropriate lines, and mail it to the Foundation with a check.

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