By Karen Brainard
Representatives of the Ramona Food and Clothes Closet honored Matthew Lane, its first scholarship recipient to receive a four-year college degree, at a luncheon in El Michoacan Restaurant.
Jeff Funk, Ramona Food and Clothes Closet’s scholarship chair, presented Lane with a $1,000 gift card for cash at the June 14 luncheon. Funk congratulated Lane, encouraging him to continue toward his goals. Both he and Lane became overwhelmed with emotion during the presentation.
Lane, son of Marcella and Bruce Lane of Ramona, was the recipient of an $18,000 “Community Spirit Scholarship” from the Food and Clothes Closet.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from San Diego State University in May and plans to take a year off before working toward a master’s degree.
Lane said he would like to be a college-level band director. After completing a master’s degree specializing in band conducting, he plans to earn a doctorate that he hopes to obtain from University of North Texas.
“To get those jobs, you have to have a Ph.D.,” Lane said.
Lane, who had been a volunteer at the Food and Clothes Closet, is a graduate of Ramona High School.