Killian Scholars

The Hartnell College Music Department is grateful for the bequest from Jack Killian that funds a scholarship program for a cohort of ten Music Majors at Hartnell. This amazing program can include $2,000 scholarships per semester, private lessons from approved teachers paid for by the program, and funded field trips to universities and concerts.

About Jack R. and Suzanne W. Killian

Jack R. Killian was a gifted musician, playing the trumpet, trombone and various reed instruments. He was an active member of the marching band and played in various local dance bands. After serving in the Army, Jack moved to Salinas and became a teacher at Washington Middle School, teaching science and mathematics. He retired in 1983 to enjoy golf and playing in various local musical groups. Jack and his wife, Suzanne were long-time supporters of the arts in Salinas – more specifically, the arts at Hartnell.

Jack R. and Suzanne W. Killian generously included Hartnell College Foundation in their estate plans, giving $1.4 million to establish the Jack R. Killian and Suzanne W. Killian Endowed Scholarship. The annual income from this fund will be used to provide scholarships to students majoring in music at Hartnell College who have experienced hardship. In addition to the outright gift, Hartnell College Foundation also received the partial residue of the trust estate, which will also support the music scholars, and will be known as the Jack R. Killian and Olivia B. Killian Endowed Scholarship.

Students who qualify for this program must show evidence of music achievement, be willing to be a full-time music major, earn a 3.0 GPA, be a current Hartnell student, and pass an annual audition once chosen.
For further information, Professor Steve Ettinger can be reach at 831-755-6906 or