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CBS News Report Cites DePauw's Icy Frost Bridge '17 Scholarship

January 22, 2009

Icy Frost 1917 Mirage.jpgJanuary 22, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — A story that aired on last night's CBS Evening News with Katie Couric noted, "at DePauw University, there's money available for any female student who can sing or play the National Anthem -- with sincerity." The report by Richard Schlesinger included a look at unusual college scholarships. The story and accompanying video can be accessed at CBS News.com. (at left: Icy Frost's senior photo in the 1917 Mirage)

DePauw's Icy Frost Bridge Scholarship was created in 1973 through a gift by Don U. Bridge of Rochester, N.Y., in honor of his wife. Both were 1917 DePauw graduates; Mrs. Bridge passed away in 1960.

The need-based scholarship is awarded annually to a female student in the DePauw School of Music who is, as Don Bridge stipulated, "of good character and interested in constructive activities in addition to music (and be able to sing or play the National Anthem with sincerity)." (bottom right, 1939 photo: Forest Kyle Wildman '15, Don Bridge '17, Ford Frick '15, Icy Frost Bridge '17)

"The Icy Frost Bridge Scholarship has been awarded each year since its creation, and has benefited students for 35 years," says Joanne Haymaker, associate director of financial aid at DePauw. "It's not clear if any of the recipients have actually been made to perform the National Anthem; what the award iMrs. Forest Kyle Wildman, Don Bridge, Ford Frick, Icy Frost Bridge.jpgs designed to do is reward a music student who is committed to doing good things and has financial need. Given that all the recipients are music students, it's a safe bet that they're more than capable of tackling the Anthem," she adds with a smile.

As a DePauw senior, Icy Frost was the first singer to perform A Toast to DePauw at its first public presentation on Old Gold Day in 1916. The song was written by her classmate, Vivien Bard '17.

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