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Jeremy D Barlow

Jeremy Barlow had a passion for music, and now future Northwest Missouri State University students will have opportunities to explore music and share it with others the way Barlow enjoyed through a scholarship in his memory.

Established by Barlow’s widow, Alicia, and his family, the Jeremy D. Barlow Memorial Music Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student maintaining a grade-point average of 2.5 and enrolled in applied piano or applied harpsichord courses. If no such applicant exists, saxophonists may also be eligible.

Barlow earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Northwest in 2003, graduating magna cum laude. He also was an involved student, participating in the Mortar Board and Alpha Chi national honoraries and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternities. He also was a loyal Bearcat fan and enjoyed attending football games with Alicia.

Barlow, a Maryville native, died tragically Sept. 11, 2011, at age 30, while hiking with friends in Arizona.

Barlow’s legacy will provide a way for students to develop, enjoy and share their passions for music and for life, just as he did. 
Music became Barlow’s first love when he learned to play the piano at age 5, and that love only blossomed. Barlow continued to develop his piano-playing skills and picked up the saxophone, too, playing in the Maryville High School marching and jazz bands. While attending Northwest, he also learned to play the harpsichord and performed jazz, swing and classical music.  He could bring sheet music to life, captivating others with its story and the magic he felt while playing it, his family and friends said.

Barlow also had a passion for helping others. As a student of the martial art Hapkido for 15 years, Barlow considered his fourth-degree black belt an honor. He also took pride in teaching younger students, watching them build self-esteem and learn respect.

His mentors and teachers remember him for his heart and dedication, his willingness to challenge himself, his sense of humor and the joy he brought to others.
Scholarships associated with Jeremy D Barlow
  • Jeremy D Barlow Memorial Music Scholarship