Naples Philharmonic Violinist Establishes Music Scholarship Fund
FORT MYERS, FL - Professional musician and Fort Myers resident Rachel Cox established a music scholarship fund with Florida Gulf Coast University to benefit students pursuing a career in music. Martha Cox, her mother, matched the gift.
Rachel, a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, is a violist and violinist with the Southwest Florida Symphony and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rachel was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, and her familial roots in Southwest Florida date back to the early 1900s when her grandfather, James Bryant Cox, was a pioneering Cape Coral landowner. Her Father, Dr. Edward F. Cox, was born in Fort Myers in 1925.
Martha is a retired pianist who moved to Fort Myers in 1999. She and Edward immersed Rachel and her five siblings in a musical home environment and Ohio named them Musical Family of the Year in 1979. All of the Cox children are professional musicians. Three live in Europe and three in the United States.
After moving to Fort Myers in 1998, Rachel saw the potential for FGCU to establish a music department because of its growing programs and student population. The appeal to establish a scholarship became apparent.
“I’d like to see FGCU develop a full music program and I recognized a big potential for growth,” she said. “With the Naples Philharmonic just down the street, it seems like a perfect opportunity for professional musicians and students in the area.”
The gift is a significant one in setting precedence for future scholarship opportunities for talented students in Southwest Florida according to FGCU visiting professor of music John Ellis.
“Ms. Cox is laying the groundwork for students interested in music to obtain a scholarship to support their educational goals,” Ellis said. “While the music program at FGCU is still in the future, this gift will help to begin the process of developing a scholarship base for the gifted music students in our area.”
FGCU will award the scholarship in 2002-03. The scholarship meets FGCU’s community service requirements.
For more information, contact director of major gifts Judie Cassidy at (941) 590-1058