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Allen Brickhaus Scholarship honors memory of devoted music teacher

Posted on 2/27/2017, 5:00 AM

HARRISBURG -- A new memorial scholarship has been established by Kathy Brickhaus in honor of her late husband, Allen Brickhaus, with the Southeastern Illinois College Foundation in recognition of  his dedication as a band and choir director and teacher.

The Allen Brickhaus Memorial Scholarship will be an annual gift valued at $500. Funds from this scholarship will help pay for tuition, fees and books for a Pope County High School or Massac County High School graduate with a minimum of a 3.0-grade-point average who enrolls at SIC full time and is registered in at least one music course. The student must major in education and demonstrate the characteristics of good citizenship.

"Education and music have long been highly regarded by the Brickhaus family," said Kathy Brickhaus. "It is our hope and desire that a good education and the love of music will be fostered so that those aspirations may be passed on to future generations through caring educators."

Allen Brickhaus graduated from Southeast Missouri University (SEMO) with his Bachelor of Music Education in June of 1969. He also achieved a Master of Music Education in 1976. While at SEMO, he was a member of the Golden Eagles Marching Band and elected officer within Phi Mu Alpha, the professional music fraternity.

After beginning his teaching career as a band and choir director at Woodland R-4 in Marble Hill, Missouri in August of 1969, Allen entered the military on Jan. 17, 1971 and served with the 399th US Army Band at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri from January 1971 until reassignment a year later.  He was assigned to be a senior level trombone player at the 82nd US Army Band in Stuttgart, Germany.

Exiting the military service in January 1974, he entered SEMO to work on his master's degree. In August of 1974, he returned to teaching at Pope County School District. During the 23 years working there, his duties revolved around rehearsals and performances of the parade, concert, pep and rock bands plus choral groups including a concert and a swing choir.

In August of 1997, Allen accepted the position of band and choir director at Massac County High School and retired June 12, 2003 with credit for 34 years of teaching.

After retirement, Allen continued to work regularly as a substitute teacher in many local school districts. In addition, he performed with the Southeastern Illinois Community Choir, St. Paul Lutheran Church choir, and the Temple Aires, an 18-piece "Big Band" which performs for fundraisers.

"It is evident that education, particularly his music education, played an important role in Allen's career path and his personal life," said Kathy Brickhaus. "The Brickhaus family has long regarded the value of a good education, hard work, and self-discipline, as well as the joy of music, and it is our hope that those aspirations will be proffered to young learners through this scholarship."

SIC President, Dr. Jonah Rice said, "Allen was a great advocate for music and education.  This scholarship is very fitting for him and we are so grateful that students who share his interests can help Allen's memory live on."

The application deadline for scholarships is Tuesday (Feb. 28) of this week. All scholarship forms -- including both printable and online applications - are available on the SIC website at

For additional information, contact the Financial Aid office at 618-252-5400 ext. 4110 or For more information about the Allen Brickhaus Memorial scholarship, contact Melody Bryant at 618-252-5400 ext. 2106.