The Kay and Elise Brower Music Scholarship

The Kay and Elise Brower Music Scholarship was established for the benefit of undergraduate and graduate students who participate in NM Tech music ensembles.  Initially named the Elise Brower Scholarship Fund, it was renamed after Kay’s death in 2014 to honor the couple’s shared contributions to musical life in Socorro.  Kay, a chemistry professor at Tech from 1956 to 1996, made many important contributions to the field of high-pressure organic chemistry, resulting in over 70 publications.  His wife Elise earned three degrees from Tech, including a Ph.D. in geochemistry, but was first and foremost a musician who played piano, organ, recorder, and oboe, and taught piano privately.

  Joined by their daughters Karen (on violin) and Candace (on cello), the Browers eventually formed a family piano quartet. The Brower living room was long the epicenter of musical activity in Socorro, at one time housing three harpsichords, a pipe organ, a grand piano, and numerous string and wind instruments, many made by Kay himself. The Browers were avid supporters of the arts, and were instrumental in founding the Performing Arts Series at Tech.  Kay and Elise also played in the Tech orchestra for many years (Kay on cello, Elise on oboe).  Elise continues to serve as artistic director of Las Cantantes, founded as a women’s chorus in 1986, and as music director of the Socorro Unitarian-Universalist Church, and teaches piano privately.


Applicant requirements: New Mexico Tech Student

Must be, or plan to be, active in music ensembles at New Mexico Tech

Return Application to: New Mexico Tech

Financial Aid Office

801 Leroy Place

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For questions regarding this scholarship call (575) 835-5333. Recipients will be notified in writing of the award of funds. Awards will be made based on the availability of monies in funding sources.

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