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'83 Alumnus and His Parents Memorialize Brother through Scholarship

January 16, 2013

Category: Academics, Alumni, Gifts, Music


ShupingA new scholarship fund established at Catawba College will provide music scholarships for students from Rowan County. Steven J. Shuping and his parents, Romas and Sarah Shuping, all of Salisbury, established the Romas H. Shuping, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of their brother and son.

Steve Shuping, a 1983 alumnus of Catawba, says the new scholarship was a tangible way to memorialize his brother who died accidentally in 1967 at age eight. "All of my siblings have played music – my two sisters, my brother and me. Music has been a really important part of our lives."

Steve plays steel drums in a Shriner's band, the Oasis Temple Shrine Steel Drum band.

"So many people didn't even know Romas and this scholarship is a way to make sure that he is remembered," Steve said. "It also will help provide an opportunity for a young person to be able to enjoy and study music at the college."

Steve came to Catawba and earned his bachelor's degree in business. He is employed as supermarket chain account manager for United Beverages in Salisbury. He is member of the Chiefs Club and the Grid Iron Club at Catawba and participates in Tailgate America tailgating activities at Catawba football games.


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