Eric Hitt is a talented musician who wants to share his gifts by becoming a professor of music at a major college or university.
With the assistance of a $3,000 Jackson Casey Fund/ThanksUSA scholarship, this Air Force dependent is continuing Music Performance studies at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
Currently in his junior year, Eric understands that many years of schooling remain. "I must finish my undergraduate degree, earn a master's degree, and earn a doctoral degree. Along the way I will study music and perform at a high level while learning how to teach in an effective and nurturing way. To me, teaching music is so much more than notes and rhythms."
To enhance his musical studies, Eric performs with several ensembles. He received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, served as a Nebraska Jazz Ambassador in China, and was a Nebraska J.O. Young Jazz Artist Winner. Eric is a member of the International Society of Bassists and volunteers as an instructor and assistant during the University of Nebraska's Bass Day.
Eric's hard work has resulted in some amazing musical experiences which are highlighted in this slideshow:
"I have encountered a great number of life lessons that presented themselves through my music education. I really look up to my current professor of double bass because he is a caring man that yearns to create and teach music at an intellectually high level. I see myself living in a similar manner in the future. I would like to perform and create music at a high level, be a positive role model to others, support a family, and play an active role in the community. Thank you so much for the generous Jackson Casey Fund/ThanksUSA scholarship. Your contribution is making a huge difference in helping me achieve my academic goals."