The Mikee Jones Memorial Scholarship


Steph Catsoulis

Loyola New Orleans Senior



   Stephanie “Steph” Catsoulis, born and raised in East Brunswick, New Jersey, is currently a rising junior Music Industry major at Loyola University, New Orleans. She is 20 years old, and graduated in the top twenty percent of her high school class with the President's Award for Educational Excellence and the Harriet Saks Memorial Award for Humanities.

   She found her way to Loyola’s music industry program because of its innovative teachers and the eccentric charm of New Orleans. The program and her love of the city have led her to want to create and learn as much as possible. Her favorite classes are music theory and legal issues in the music industry because it has taught her essential knowledge for working in the industry: the fundamentals of music and how artists can successfully protect their work.

Steph wants to become a performer, actress, songwriter, and record producer. She likes to play guitar, piano, and even sings. This past year she created her first demo. She also designed a CD cover for Songwriters Anonymous, a club at Loyola (which can be viewed here: Steph also loves acting and has been her high school productions of “Guys and Dolls” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” She aspires to audition for more parts. She also has giant love for fashion. This year she is planning to start up a small fashion magazine with her friend. Through the work study program with the Music Performance Facilities at Loyola, she learned how to set-up for university performances and gigs. She also likes to volunteer her time, and has worked to promote the Music Saves Lives program. This summer she is currently volunteering at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.


Dear Mr. & Mrs. Jones,

        I want to thank you for giving me the honor of receiving the award that was named after your precious son. I was so excited when they called my name for it, that I nearly tripped down the stairs. But most importantly, I was just so happy to receive the award because it cemented the feeling that I belong. Just to be recognized by the music industry program really makes me feel appreciated. I don’t think I could have found a better music industry program than Loyola’s. The education I am receiving here is phenomenal and their teachers really care about the endeavors of their students. I believe that it will open doors. This award inspires me to have a stronger work ethic. It alleviates some of my financial burdens so that I can harness my energies to become an educated artist who can pursue her goals and make her dreams into reality.

         It is an honor to be given an award in the name of your son. Even though I didn’t know Mikee, I am in complete awe of your son. He seemed to have had such a vigor and vitality for music, people, and life. To have accomplished so much in so little time is astounding. He is an inspiration to all. Mikee makes me want to do as much as I can with my life and love of music. I want to be able to cultivate that kind of passion and utilize it. I will use the award as a stepping stone to become a more rounded artist who explores all different avenues of the music industry program. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for this honor and for your great kindness.


Steph Catsoulis            

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