MPO Jerry Palmer Performing Arts Scholarship

Total Granted*
Total Donations*

*Updated on June 9, 2021.

Fund Purpose:
To provide a scholarship for Grant County students, graduating seniors or those attending Ball State, IWU, or Taylor, who are going into the field of performing arts.

Fund Story:
“Jerry Palmer was an exemplary member of the Board of Directors for the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra. He gave generously of his time and talent to the MPO, sharing his expertise in sound, lighting, photography, and web design. Jerry has been a key factor in the longevity of the MPO and the professional quality of its productions. It is our hope that his passion for the arts will live on through the recipients of this scholarship and benefit our community for generations to come.” –Sheila Todd, Former Executive Director of MPO

Jerry graduated from Purdue University in 1965 as an electrical engineer and through the ROTC program, he joined the United States armed forces. He elected to go to jump school and served in Germany as an ordinance officer. After being honorably discharged from the army, he went to work for Indiana Michigan Power and remained in that field for 32 years, retiring in 2001.

After retiring, he worked as an electrical contractor on a part-time basis. He completed more than 1200 skydives and received jumpmaster certification. He also worked as a professional sound and light engineer. He first got involved with the Marion Easter Pageant in 1975 and served on the committee of the pageant, working sound, stage, and lighting. He served on the Van Buren Popcorn Festival Committee and the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra board. He was involved in many festivals including the Marion First Fridays, Tipton Pork Festival, ABATE of Indiana, dance recitals, and Hog Daze Motorcycle Rally.

Jerry photographed many events and managed 15 websites including the Marion Easter Pageant, Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, Mississinewa 1812, and FDNY Engine Company 10 websites.

The list of Jerry’s community involvement goes on and on. He was humble, unassuming and a true worker bee for our community.

Pictured above is the MPO’s 2015 Opening Night performance, which featured Playhouse Studio of Dance, Celebrity Conductor Leslie Hendricks (Executive Director, CASA), and Jerry Palmer’s exceptional lighting design and technical direction. Jerry is also shown at the tech board for an MPO concert. Former MPO conductor Alexander Platt made one of his most memorable entrances at the Phillippe Performing Arts Center on the back of Jerry’s motorcycle.

Grant County graduate attending BSU, IWU, or TU
Majoring in the field of performing arts

Fund Impact:
Olivia Fox

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*The amount listed above may not be up-to-date. Call the Community Foundation for the most up-to-date fund balances.



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