Western Connecticut State University has created a music scholarship to honor the memory of 6-year-old Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund was established to pay tribute to Márquez-Greene’s love of music by providing the opportunity to assist others who wish to pursue a music education at Western. The scholarship was created at the request of the first-grader’s parents, Jimmy Greene, a jazz saxophonist and an assistant professor of music at WestConn; and Nelba Márquez-Greene, program coordinator for the Family Therapy Institute at Klingberg Family Centers and adjunct faculty at Central Connecticut State University.
Her parents said Ana’s love for singing was evident before she was even able to talk.
“In a musical family, her gift for melody, pitch and rhythm stood out remarkably,” they said. “She never walked anywhere — her mode of transportation was dance. She danced from room to room and place to place. She danced to all the music she heard, whether in the air or in her head.
“Ana loved her God, loved to read the Bible and loved to sing and dance as acts of worship. We ask that you pray for the legions of people who are left behind to cherish memories of her.”
One way to honor Márquez-Greene’s memory is to make a gift to the scholarship fund. Gifts can be made care of Western Connecticut State University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 181 White St., Danbury, CT, 06810 or online at wcsu.edu/ia/greene-scholarship.asp.
Dr. Dan Goble, dean of the WestConn School of Visual and Performing Arts, said, “Jimmy’s wish is that Ana Grace’s love for music lives on through helping others.”