The Douglas J. Howard “Dean’s Choice” Endowed Scholarship has been established by the Howard family with a $100,000 gift to the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University.
Given by Howard, wife Linda and daughter Gracelyn, the scholarship will support a rising sophomore, junior or senior student with a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher studying in the Curb College. To contribute, click here.
“We are deeply grateful for the Howard family’s generosity and are excited to continue Doug’s legacy at Belmont through this endowed scholarship,” notes University President Dr. Greg Jones. “Doug has been a tremendous asset to Belmont and Curb College through his innovative spirit, transformational leadership, passion and energy. Through the Howard family’s investment, more students will have the opportunity to study music and entertainment in the world-class Curb College.”
“During my service as Dean, I witnessed the generosity of many of our Curb alumni and industry partners who provided financial support for our students,” Howard explains. “In the scholarship award process, however, I became acutely aware there is a large gap and a great need to provide even more scholarship support for an ever-growing number of qualified and deserving students. My family desires our gift to inspire and encourage additional alumni and friends to create new endowed scholarships or to support one of the existing Curb scholarships. Any gift amount will support the many exemplary Curb students who seek aid each year in their quest to earn their degree and pursue their dream career.”
Howard graduated from Belmont College in 1979, where he studied music business and management before receiving his MBA from Vanderbilt University and his JD from the George Washington University School of Law After a career as a music industry executive, Howard returned to Belmont in 2015 where he served as dean of Curb College until his retirement last fall. His tenure as dean was marked by the college’s significant growth, a deepening of industry connections, the opening of a state-of-the-art facility and consistent national acclaim.
The scholarship arrives just before the 50th anniversary of the University’s music business program, with celebrations slated for the 2023-2024 academic year.
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