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$900K Donation Pulls at the Heart Strings

Endowed Scholarship Will Benefit Music Students for Years to Come.

Retired professor Jean Marie Romig started playing the violin in elementary school and never stopped playing and learning. She would later become a strings faculty member at Millersville University and her love of the violin and music will now benefit our students for years to come.

Romig, who played with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, retired from Millersville in 1994 and died last year at age 86. To honor her parents, she left the University $900,000 in her will for the “Jean M. Romig Violin and Viola Scholarship in memory of Karl and Pauline Romig.” The endowment will generate approximately $45,000 each year to be awarded to Millersville University students majoring in music education with demonstrated excellence in violin or viola.

Jean’s sister, Carol Landis, also facilitated the donation of multiple violins, violas and bows, and an extensive sheet music library to the Tell School of Music from Jean’s estate. The music included 13 boxes of string music, solos, duets and quartets.

Landis says music was always important to their family. “I hope Jean’s scholarship creation can help some young musician extend their education and travel to enrich their future in music.”

For more information about estate planning or creating your legacy through a scholarship at Millersville University, please email or call 717-871-7520.



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