Supporting Local Students

Meet Some Friends Scholars

Violet GoncarovsViolet Goncarovs
Performance Major (Viola)

Violet Goncarovs is from Ithaca, New York. "Music is perhaps my greatest passion," she says. "I feel so lucky to be able to pursue this interest on a professional level.

"I'm part of an international professional music fraternity -- Mu Phi Epsilon -- that does community service through music, such as fund-raisers for local music education programs. My other interests are yoga, reading, creative writing, spending time with family and friends, and practicing sustainable living. I also like to volunteer in the local community and keep up with local politics.

"Because of my difficult family situation and lack of monetary support, I have to be financially independent. Although I work two part-time jobs, scholarships like the Friends scholarship are really what make my education at IC possible. I'm so grateful for and humbled by this generosity. I look forward to the day when I might be able to help others in similar situations."