The College of West Florida in Pensacola has introduced an property reward valued at greater than $8.5 million from the late Herman and Valerie Rolfs in help of the College of Music.

The reward consists of an Imperial Bösendorfer piano, which Rolfs bought a month earlier than his dying in August 2020 to honor Valerie, who died the earlier November. Nearly all of the reward will set up a needs-based scholarship endowment for college students within the College of Music and members of the Argo Athletic Band, whereas the remaining funds will allow the varsity to meet its five-year plan and work towards long-term targets of building a symphony orchestra, an opera program, an expanded live performance sequence, and a graduate program. In recognition of the reward, the varsity shall be named in honor of Grier Williams, the primary chair of UWF’s music division, and to acknowledge the couple’s years of help, the music corridor within the UWF Middle for Fantastic and Performing Arts has been named Rolfs Music Corridor.

Herman was a pioneering nuclear radiologist and Valerie was a nurse and nursing professor. The couple loved accumulating musical albums whereas touring, attending classical music live shows, and organizing music performances for his or her household, buddies, and church.

“The Rolfs’ ardour for music and their transformational reward to UWF will set up the Dr. Grier Williams College of Music as a vacation spot program that can profit and encourage younger musicians from Pensacola, the encircling area, and past for generations to come back,” mentioned Sheila Dunn, professor and director of the varsity of music. “The enjoyment that music introduced them shall be shared with our group perpetually.”