Written by Troi Watts
Brooklyn Harpold ‘24 (Music Therapy) was recently awarded the Undergraduate Student Changemaker Scholarship by the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).
The Undergraduate Student Changemaker Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate music therapy student who has been a changemaker in the music therapy profession during their time as a student.
“I am very grateful to have received the GLR-AMTA Undergraduate Student Changemaker Award,” said Harpold. “Since I started in the music therapy program, I have always been passionate about music therapy advocacy and education. By the time I retire, I hope that through my work as a music therapist and the work of other advocates, music therapy will finally be a household name in America.”
Harpold learned about the scholarship from her professor and mentor, Dr. Amy Foley. Dr. Foley assisted Harpold in securing the scholarship by submitting a letter of recommendation sharing how Harpold has been a changemaker in the music therapy profession during her time at UIndy.
“Brooklyn exudes excellence in all that she does,” said Dr. Foley. “She is a leader amongst her peers both in the music therapy program, music department, and broader UIndy community.”
Harpold plans to use the funds from the scholarship to support herself as she completes her music therapy internship as part of her capstone requirement. Harpold will spend six months during the summer of 2024 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where she will gain real-world experience in pediatric medical and psychiatric music therapy.