Ramiro cortes SCHOLARSHIP

The Ramiro Cortés Memorial Music Scholarship honors the life and achievement of Ramiro Cortés (1933-1984), the first Mexican-American to earn an international reputation as a composer of classical music. The Cortés scholarship has been entirely funded by the free-will offerings of audiences at a series of scholarship benefit concerts in Wenatchee and Leavenworth. The founder and Artistic Director of the concert series is Steve Stefanides of Wenatchee; he first became acquainted with the music of this remarkable composer when researching repertoire for a graduate school masterclass performance.

Ramiro Cortés was born in Dallas, Texas, on November 25, 1933 to Ramiro Cortés, Sr. and Elvira Cortés (née Acosta). A gifted pianist, he began formal study of music composition during high school in Denver, Colorado with the master lutenist and student of Paul Hindemith, Joseph Iadone. Cortés continued his work with Iadone at the University of Denver with a full-tuition scholarship; he then went on to study at Yale and the University of Southern California with a series of important twentieth century American composers, including Henry Cowell, Richard Donovan, Ingolf Dahl, Vittorio Giannini, Roger Sessions and Halsey Stevens. Cortés’ preparatory period culminated in a Fulbright Fellowship which took him to Rome to study for two years with the Italian composer Goffredo Petrassi. He worked briefly in the 1960s as a computer programmer, and after completion of his graduate studies at Juilliard taught composition at the University of California, Los Angeles (1966–67), University of Southern California (1967–72) and the University of Utah (1972–84), where he was Chair of Music Theory. He died of heart failure in Salt Lake city on July 2, 1984. His papers (including compositions) are held in archive by the University of Utah.

Application Due Date: March 1st

  1. Graduating senior who is a Chelan or Douglas County resident
  2. Enrolled as a full-time student majoring in music



Xitlali Cruz


I am currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at Stanford. Since the beginning of my freshman year I have been involved with clubs such as Stanford’s Space Initiative (SSI) and the Society of Latinx Engineers (SOLE). In SSI I built a rocket and launched it.


Aero Methow Rescue Service


Due to being rural, remote, and geographically isolated, we must be prepared to do more than respond to emergencies. We have become a healthcare partner who fills gaps in service. The grant allowed our board the time and ability to work with a Strategic Planner to modify our plan to address those gaps.


Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services


The grant provided funds to hire a Housing Justice and Outreach Coordinator to visit rural and underserved areas. Rosie’s bilingual and bicultural skills and experience have increased equity of service. Rosie is building partnerships with local organizations through events such as the Columbia Valley Community Health’s Back to School Drive, as well as posting yard signs.

Tenoch Mandujano

Tenoch Mandujano

Scholarship Recipient

My father was a migrant agricultural worker who eventually started his own cherry and apple orchard. He told me if I wanted to live a better life, I had to get an education. I plan on starting a career with the Chelan PUD with a passion for renewable energy and in turn give back to my parents and community for supporting my dreams.

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