Musician and HIV Advocate Marcus Ostermiller is Cooke Foundation Scholar

Marcus Ostermiller, a pianist and master’s degree candidate in Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, is the recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship. The award is $50,000 a year for graduate study.

Ostermiller, who attended three colleges as an undergraduate and struggled to succeed on route to a piano performance degree at the University of Denver, was chosen by the foundation for his “extraordinary academic achievement, will to succeed, and the breadth of his interest and activities.” An advocate for HIV/AIDS treatment and awareness, Ostermiller has performed in benefits for the Colorado AIDS Project, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network of Colorado, and the HIV/AIDS Awareness Committee at the University of Denver.