Piot Named Second Bly Scholar

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan College junior music education major Aaron Piot, a Charleroi, PA native, has received the second Bly Family Scholarship for International Studies.

The Bly Family Scholarship Fund was established in 1991 by Suzan E. Bly ’68 in honor of her parents, Margaret and Shirley Bly, of Winchester, VA.  In 2012, the Scholarship was amended to support overseas travel.  The Bly Family Scholarship for International Studies is a permanently endowed scholarship fund intended to foster a global perspective.

Piot will be spending five weeks in Viterbo, Italy studying the history and performance of 18th century Italian music.  Piot wishes to strengthen his music skills by studying in the place where some of the most important Classical pieces were created.

“This is one of the best opportunities that I have ever had in my entire life,” commented Piot.  “I know the trip will be life-changing, and I cannot wait to see what is in store for me.  The fact that there are people like Ms. Bly who are willing to give scholarships to help students like me have these life-changing experiences encourages me to do my part to help others.”

Piot plans on traveling to Rome a week before his classes begin to see some of the famous historical sights of the city.  He hopes to visit the Coliseum, Sr. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon, the Sistine Chapel, and many more landmarks.  He also plans to take lessons from a few jazz musicians of the area, as well as scope out the local jazz club scene.

Recipients must be of full-time student status at the College while demonstrating need and merit, be actively involved in campus activities, demonstrate leadership skills, and show potential for continued academic achievement.