Music and creative arts were always important to life-long Clinton County residents Elvis and Evelyn Wieck. They farmed in Olive Township until their retirement in 1978. When Elvis passed away in 2015, Evelyn decided to establish this scholarship in both of their names.
Elvis played piano and button accordion by ear from an early age. The only formal musical training he had was when he played saxophone in the Calamus High School band. The accordion remained his favorite instrument. He always had a tune in his head and loved to play for family and friends. After retiring from farming, he played for 20 years with the “The Highway 30 Band” entertaining at area nursing homes and senior centers.
Evelyn began sewing her own clothes as a young girl. In high school she helped with costumes for school plays. She sewed numerous garments for herself and her family and did restoration work for the Central Community Historical Museum in DeWitt for many years. In the 1970s her daughter wanted to take an art class and there was none offered at the high school, they attended an adult education evening art class together and Evelyn discovered that she also enjoyed painting.
Neither Elvis nor Evelyn ever had a chance to have much formal musical or artistic training. This scholarship will help deserving students from Clinton County follow their dreams and discover their talents in fine arts.