The Gordon and Illa Rumpel Scholarship
Fostering the love of the arts in children
Illa Rumpel (1927 – 2011) “Music, it’s in my soul!”
Those of you who had the opportunity to know Gordon Rumpel, or know his amazing story of determination, recognize why he has a heart for making sure there are opportunities for children to succeed. Gordon’s quick mind and savvy business sense made him someone who seemed to seek out and recognize potential in others. Gordon left a legacy of an enduring love for his dear wife, Illa, and a heart that embraced our festival. Together, they helped purchase the Steinway piano we use for festival. Illa loved and lived music. After his life partner passed away, Gordon created the Illa Rumpel Scholarship in her memory and as a way to help young people who have potential and need. This scholarship has helped families purchase pianos, violins, violas, guitars, drums and much more. He has helped young people attend music and acting camps and has furthered the festival mantra of fostering the love of the arts in children.
Even more remarkable, after Gordon’s passing, their son, Glen and his family have pledged to continue this gift. Their ability to recognize need, roll up their sleeves and help where needed has made a difference to communities such as The Mustard Seed, Trout Unlimited, and Fresh Start Recovery, just to name a few. Now their support of this festival will continue a legacy of making a difference in lives of young people for many years to come. We are grateful.
$10,000 in scholarships will be awarded to the top finalists
The Rumpel family has given us permission to name the award to the Gordon and Illa Rumpel Scholarship as a way of honoring their memory and on-going legacy. Their gift to those who knew them in life will live on in young artists for many years to come. We want to thank the Rumpel family, who truly give back in so many ways.