Lori Supinie Scholarship

Lori Supinie Scholarship Application Form

The Lori Supinie Scholarship is a $500 cash award for students who have graduated with a music education degree and who are starting their first teaching job. The funds are intended to help students with personal expenses after college graduation and before receiving their first paycheck as a school music educator. Applicants will apply for the scholarship before graduation and will be awarded the scholarship funds when they demonstrate college graduation and have signed a contract for their first teaching position.

Lori Ann Supinie earned a B.S. at the University of Illinois, and an M.B.A. at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Lori loved making and listening to music. She was the owner of Senseney Music Inc., a retailer of musical instruments, which won the first National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Dealer of the Year award in 2011. Lori was widely respected in the music industry, where she had held numerous board positions on state and national music organizations. She was chair of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra board of directors, a board member of NAMM and the National Association of School Music Dealers, and was past president of the Retail Print Music Dealers Association. Lori was given the Outstanding Contributions to Bands Award by the Kansas Bandmasters Association in 2018.

Lori was a music minister at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, regularly playing piano at Mass, and was principal bassoonist with the Senseney Music Community Band. Additionally, she played piano accompaniment for students participating in school solo and ensemble contests.

Lori excelled at gaining/earning the respect of others. That included everyone from the chairs of National and State level organizations to her employees at Senseney Music. Her involvement in the music industry allowed that quality to blossom in her—particularly during the portion of her life when she owned the business. Senseney Music, under Lori’s leadership, provided products, instruction, and music services to teachers and families across Kansas. Her leadership and financial assistance to Kansas music education organizations was unequalled and highly effective. She continues to be respected and admired by music lovers in Kansas and across the United States.