On behalf of Dean Sara A. Bushong, the University Libraries is pleased to announce the Steven D. Harris Endowed Scholarship established by the generous contribution of Steven D. Harris. The scholarship will aid students financing their education at Bowling Green State University beginning in the 2022 – 2023 academic year.

Steve Harris holds a strong passion for music, especially polka, and a long-standing commitment to BGSU’s study abroad program in Austria and the Polka Preservation Fund that is part of the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives. Steve is the owner of Music Publishers of America (“MPA”), holding the legendary catalog of central European-American traditional music titled Vitak-Elsnic (“V-E”). An experienced musician, Steve also is a composer and continues to create new arrangements. His work is influenced by different styles of music within the Americana framework.

 “The University Libraries is tremendously grateful and appreciative to have received this generous donation from Steve. It is because of continued support and generosity like this that we can continue to create opportunities to support the academic progress of our students.”

To be eligible for awards from this fund, recipients must:

·         Be a student employee in the University Libraries for at least one year;

·         Be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at BGSU;

·         Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher; and

·         Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or as otherwise determined by the official policies of the University and Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Preference will be given to a student with a major in the College of Musical Arts or a student working in the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives.

Donate to this fund or send checks payable to the BGSU Foundation, Inc., Attn: Gift Processing, 1851 N. Research Drive, Bowling Green, OH 43403, at any time. (Please note the Steven D. Harris Endowed Scholarship on your check.)

Learn more about Steve Harris and the Music Publishers of America.

Steve Harris sitting at a table with items from his polka collection in front of him. Items on shelves are in the background.
 “The University Libraries is tremendously grateful and appreciative to have received this generous donation from Steve. It is because of continued support and generosity like this that we can continue to create opportunities to support the academic progress of our students.”