Wayne Hooper's Legacy Continues

July 01, 2011 | Linda Klinger

Gem State Academy has many "greats." One such person is Wayne Hooper, class of 1938. Hooper spent his life composing and arranging Christian music. His masterpiece, "We Have This Hope," is well known and loved by Adventists around the world.

Recently Hooper's children established a Wayne Hooper Music Scholarship program at GSA. The purpose of this $1,000 annual scholarship is to encourage students to practice and develop their musical abilities to the highest degree possible — for the glory of God.

The first Wayne Hooper Music Scholarship was presented to Ellissa Nelson at the spring concert on May 13. Jan (Hooper) Lind, Wayne's daughter, and her husband, Dick, drove seven hours to be present for the ceremony. Friends who wish to augment Hooper's legacy may make a gift to the Wayne Hooper Scholarship Fund at GSA.