Kay Beth Jibben Bane Music Scholarship

This fund was started in 1989 by the Class of 1954 in loving memory of their classmate Kay Beth Jibben.  The fund was established to provide annual scholarships to qualified MHS Seniors who have exemplified outstanding leadership and overall music contribution.

The Kay-Beth Jibben–Bane Music Award is a $500 scholarship, annually awarded to a qualified Senior student from Morton High School who has exemplified outstanding leadership and overall music contribution according to the recommendations of the music department faculty.  The award was established in 1989 by the Class of 1954 in loving memory of their classmate Kay-Beth Jibben.

While at MHS Kay-Beth participated in class government, clarinet in the band, chorus, piano accompaniment, school yearbook, class plays, scholastic clubs and athletics.  She was the salutatorian of the Class of 1954.

Kay-Beth received her Bachelor of Arts degree, in 1961, from Millikin University, Decatur, IL, and graduated Magna Cum Laude.  She received her Masters from Bennington College in Bennington, VT, and taught piano while in graduate school.  In 1961, she studied at the prestigious Juilliard School of Dance, Drama and Music in New York City.  Kay-Beth was a faculty member at The Brearley School for Girls and the Greenwich House of Music School… both in New York.  And the list goes on… She was married to Reverend J. Donald Bane of Beaumont, TX.  Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Christina Diane, and a son, Michael Andrew.  She died after giving birth to her last child.

Qualifications for this Scholarship:

  • Must be an MHS senior who plans to continue their music studies
  • Must have maintained a grade point of 3.0 through their first 7 semesters.
  • Must have excelled in their music studies.
  • Contact the MHS Counseling office for information on this and other MHS scholarships.

The Class of ’54 maintains a permanent plaque in the music department at MHS, and also provides a paperweight award in addition to the cash scholarship.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to this endowment fund, please click the button below for online donations.  Or, you can mail a check to 105 E. Jefferson Street, Morton, IL 61550.