Love of music passed onto others through Beverly Coldsnow Hutton Scholarship

Spreading her love – the children’s side
In the October Horizon we told you about Beverly Hutton and why music was so important in her life. We’re continuing the story this month from the perspective of her children.


Beverly Coldsnow HuttonBeverly Hutton's children said their sole purpose in establishing a scholarship was to honor their mother in a way that would be most meaningful to her.

Honoring their mother

The Hutton family history with WSU didn’t stop after Beverly. All three of her children attended WSU for a period of time in their college career.

Susan Hutton ‘75, Mark Hutton and Ann Nedich decided together in early 2011 that as the children of Hutton, they would like to name a scholarship in her honor at WSU.

“We wanted to honor our mother, who worked so hard to instill in us the appreciation of music and used her talents to have a positive effect on so many lives,” her children said collectively. “We all took piano lessons and played various instruments over the years, but most of all, we had the luxury of having a mother that exposed us to the joys of music every day.”

In an effort to support the education of qualified students in the field of music education, Susan said, the Beverly Coldsnow Hutton Music Education Scholarship was established.

Hutton said she never expected something like this to happen.

“When Mark started mentioning this is something the kids would like to do, I was very humbled, excited and appreciative,” Hutton said. “I still can’t believe that I have a scholarship awarded in my name. That’s a wow!”

The children said their sole purpose in establishing this scholarship was to honor their mother in a way that would be most meaningful to her.

“Music has been the foundation for connecting with so many wonderful people throughout her life,” Susan said.

The children said they felt that establishing a scholarship in their mother’s honor was a great way to not only honor her, but also to support the school, which provided her with a degree she has used all the days of her life.

“A college education is a gift that keeps on giving,” Susan said.

Mark said their mother continues to give back to the community to this very day, even at 83 years of age.

“Her model shaped our gift and we hope others will join with us by giving to the scholarship fund that honors her lifelong love of music,” he said. “We hope those that have been touched and influenced by our mother’s love of music over the years will join us in celebrating her.”

“Music education has always been our mother’s passion,” Susan said. “It was always important for her to instill the wonders of music in others so they could enjoy it as much as she did.”

To contribute to the Beverly Coldsnow Hutton Music Education Scholarship, click here. On the form, select “Other” for the designation, and then you may enter the name of this fund.

To learn more about dedicating a gift in honor of a family member, please contact Terre Johnson, WSU Foundation vice president for major gifts, at (316) 978-3808 or

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