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May 26, 2005

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LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Holmen High School graduate and Viterbo University student Andrew Waffenschmidt has been named a Continuing Liberace Scholar for the 2005-06 school year.
The Liberace Scholar receives a scholarship made possible by a $3,000 grant from the Liberace Foundation. The $3,000 grant is then matched by Viterbo, creating a $6,000 scholarship for the performing or creative arts. The Liberace Foundation has awarded Viterbo with a grant six of the past seven years.

Waffenschmidt is a senior majoring in vocal performance and music theatre. He played the police sergeant in the Viterbo Bright Star Season production of Pirates of Penzance. As a member of the concert choir, he participated in a tour through Iowa and sang at the installation of La Crosse Catholic Diocese's new Bishop, Jerome Listecki. Andrew directed the Holmen Middle School show choir “Midwest Motion” for the second year in a row. This summer he will be touring with Prairie Fire Children's Theatre, as a performer and director.

Viterbo's previous Liberace Scholar, Suzanne Flater, was accepted to the Manhattan School of Music after her graduation from Viterbo in May of '04.

The Liberace Foundation has funded more than 1,400 individual scholarships, benefiting students in all areas of artistic study. Liberace began the foundation in 1976 and since that time, over $4.5 million in scholarship grants have been awarded to 112 of the nation's premier institutions.

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