Dr. Deforia Lane Diversity Scholarship

New Diversity Scholarship Honors Trustee and Music Therapy Leader

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by Clem Boyd, Communication Content Manager

Dr. Deforia LaneCedarville University has announced a new scholarship in honor of a longtime member of the Cedarville Board of Trustees Dr. Deforia Lane.

Lane served as the director of music therapy at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Seidman Cancer Center and Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. She earned her Ph.D. in music education from Case Western Reserve University. She has served on the Cedarville board of trustees since 1997.

 The Dr. Deforia Lane Diversity Scholarship will be awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to eligible new students beginning fall 2021.

Application and eligibility information will be available on the Cedarville University financial aid website. The new scholarship was recommended by Cedarville’s Kingdom Diversity Team.

Lane has made a transformative impact on the field of music therapy. She has designed and implemented music therapy programs for intellectually disabled individuals, abused children, geriatric clients, behaviorally and psychiatrically disturbed patients, adult and pediatric cancer patients and the terminally ill. As a consultant, she has served the Ohio Department of Mental Health, the Mayo Clinic, Ohio Hospice Organization, the National Department on Aging and Sesame Street (Children's Television Workshop).

“We are honored to name this scholarship for a dear friend of the university,” said Cedarville University President Thomas White. “Deforia has used her God-given gift of singing to serve and encourage others for her entire life. She is one of the most encouraging people I have ever met, and I’m confident this scholarship will bring hope and joy to many students for years to come.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,550 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.