Jacob is a freshman in High School and comes from a large family; he is the second of eight children. As a third grader Jacob’s mother put him and two of his siblings into piano lessons. Jacob took piano for a year and a half and loved it. Unfortunately he was unable to continue lessons due to time and money, but continued to play the family’s old piano almost every day. He taught himself to play the piano by watching YouTube videos and his talents continued to grow. He began teaching himself to read sheet music about two years ago. Jacob had been playing on an old piano with missing pedals and loose keys while living in a small town, and wasn’t able to find a tuner for the piano.
When we watched Jacob’s application video of him playing the piano we could feel his passion and connection to the piano and knew instantly that he would be our recipient this year. Reading his application it became clear to us that he had a deep connection to music and that he was a gifted and deserving young man. Jacob found out about the J. Wesley Foundation scholarship from his mother’s cousin and decided to apply.
We had many miracles along the way in getting the piano to Jacob. Initially we were worried about the logistics of getting a piano delivered to Texas but we were able to find a distributor near his home who could deliver the piano. We were also sad that a member of our team would not be there for the delivery but another small miracle happened when Wes’ aunt (who lives nearby in New Mexico) was able to go to Jacob’s home for the delivery. Jacob said that when he learned he received the piano it felt like a dream and that it didn’t even fully sink in until after the piano was delivered.
When we touched base with Jacob recently he emphasized how much the piano means to him. It has made him more eager to play everyday and he has become a better pianist in the short time he has had it.
We wish him well and know that his new piano has found a happy home.