Cadets Scholarship Fund helps bring dreams to reality

A year after her passing, Susan Erben's impact continues

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Flowers in the Youth Education in the Arts lobby in memory of Susan Erben.

A year has passed since our loss of Susan Erben, former development director of The Cadets, and her passion and devotion to the corps can be seen in every Cadet on the field this summer. In remembrance of Susan, and the joy she brought into our lives, The Cadets felt it appropriate to mark the day by sharing the impact she continues to have on its membership this season, and will have in the years to come.  Susan 29.bmp

For the first time in The Cadets history, seven deserving Cadets were able to fulfill their dream of becoming a member through the implementation of the Cadets Scholarship Fund, an effort Susan strongly believed in.  Susan marched in the corps in 1978 and was involved with the corps, administratively, from the 1980 to 2010. Before her death on June 24, 2010, she spoke frequently of her wish to have a fund created for the support of members who needed assistance and, although it was not created in her lifetime, The Cadets launched the program last fall in her lasting memory. 

“I am so very grateful for the financial help I received through the scholarship fund,” said Mallory Yohannan, a member of The Cadets Colorguard and student at Florida Atlantic University. “I spend my summers marching drum corps and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love my Cadet family and the person they have helped me become.” 

For baritone section leader Thomas Baker, the past semester was tough financially and pulling the money together to be in the 2011 Cadets was a struggle.

"I had no idea where I was going to find the money for tuition, but with this scholarship it has really helped me," Baker said.

Other scholarship winners were:

Daniel Robertson of Princeton, Texas  – Front Ensemble
Sam Ambrose of Tallahassee, Fla.  – Tuba
Nikhl Sinha of College Park, Md.  – Tuba
Brianna Mazzone of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.  – Mellophone
Danielle Geier of Morton, Ill. – Color Guard 

“Not a day goes by we don’t miss Susan and all the life and laughter she brought to our lives here at Youth Education in the Arts and The Cadets,” said George Hopkins, CEO of YEA! and director of The Cadets. “A beautiful arrangement of flowers is sitting in the lobby of the YEA! office in her memory. We cannot take away the loss we or her family or friends feel, but to mark this day, it’s something special… just as she was to us.”  Scholarship Fund Icon.gif

The next allocations of the scholarship fund will be in 2012 when the committee reviews submitted applications for the next season. Contributions can be made to The Cadets Scholarship Fund by CLICKING HERE or by contacting Andrew Barlow, development director for The Cadets at, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 122.



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