Myleigh Sambrano and Elaina Etten

Myleigh Sambrano, left, and Elaina Etten, right, are recipients of the 2021 Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship. Photo by Jamie Karlson

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The 2021 Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship recently was awarded to two Ketchikan students, seventh-grader Elaine Etten and eighth-grader Myleigh Sambrano.

Both students received $700 from the annual scholarship fund that was established in memory of Sam Pitcher, a young Ketchikan musician who died in 2003, according to a statement from the Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship funds will be used by the recipients to attend the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.

"The scholarships are for Ketchikan students in grades seven through 12 to attend summer music programs like the ones Sam enjoyed," according to the statement.

Etten is a vocalist and plays the ukulele. She has performed with First City Players through the annual Jazz Cabaret show. Etten also has appeared at Ketchikan's Monthly Grind.

"Elaina has always loved to sing and is also interested in writing music," the release noted. "She looks forward to getting additional professional advice, and more practice at SFAC."

Sambrano has four years of experiencing playing the clarinet and also plays the tenor saxophone. She is beginning to learn to play the guitar.

"Myleigh hopes to broaden her knowledge of music at SFAC in order to become the best musician she can be, and also to share her love of music with others," according to the release.

The recipients were chosen by a panel of 10 people, including Sam Pitcher's mother. Pitcher himself was participant in all of the bands at Ketchikan High School, the McPherson jazz band and The Rubber Band, the release noted. Pitcher also attended the SFAC and the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.

The Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship has provided more than 80 scholarships to young Ketchikan musicians, according to the release. The scholarship is sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. Donations can be made to the fund through the KAAHC.