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Emery Becker Theater Design and Technology Memorial Scholarship
New scholarship honors memory of Indiana State University alumnus
A passion for theater. A passion for photography and technology. A passion for life and love of all people.
These defining characteristics of Emery Becker inspired his parents, Vic and Susan Becker, to establish the Emery Becker Theater Design and Technology Memorial Scholarship in May 2019 as a memorial tribute to their son.
Emery graduated from Indiana State in 2015 with a theater design and technology degree. He tragically lost his life when he was struck by a drunk driver on March 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif. The 25-year-old was a well-known photographer in L.A.’s indie music scene.
“Emery was one of the most gifted students in projection and lighting that the department has seen in many years,” said Chris Berchild, chair of the theater department at Indiana State. “He was a leader among his peers while still exhibiting a unique and infectious love of life. Emery set a bar of expectation for the students that followed him that was both impressive and inspiring.”
The first recipient of the Emery Becker Theater Design and Technology Memorial Scholarship is Emily Koller. The theater major from Elkhart, Ind. will receive the scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year.
“Emery’s energy and enthusiasm was amazing and he was able to inspire and energize anyone who worked with him. We hope that this award will inspire the same energy in our students engaged in theatre design and technology so that they can strive for excellence,” said Berchild.
“It has been touching to hear Emery’s story from Vic, Susan and many others who knew him,” said Andrea Angel, Vice President of University Advancement and CEO of the ISU Foundation. “This memorial scholarship will honor those who emulate Emery’s love for all people and share his passion for the arts.”
Donations to the Emery Becker Theater Design and Technology Memorial Scholarship can be made online or by contacting the Division of University Advancement at 812-237-6100.