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Kevin Sliwoski, an outstanding student of The Hartt School and gifted jazz trombone player who will receive his Bachelor of Arts in Music at commencement this May, will be the first graduate in University of Hartford history to receive both the Belle K. Ribicoff Prize and the John G. Martin Scholarship. The Belle K. Ribicoff Prize is awarded for academic excellence, and the John G. Martin Scholarship provides recipients with the extraordinary opportunity to study for two years at the University of Oxford’s Hertford College in England. 


Sliwoski attended The Hartt School as a music major with a concentration in jazz trombone, and he also was a history subject area major with a concentration in American history in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

The John G. Martin Scholarship will allow him to pursue both of his passions at Oxford, where he will study music history for the next two years. His current research project, a University Honors thesis titled “Before the Great American Songbook: Herbert, Cohan, and Harney, 1890–1920,” is giving him another opportunity to combine his interests. 

Sliwoski has maintained a 3.99 grade point average, earning himself a spot on the Dean’s List and the President’s List every semester. He is a member of several national honor societies and numerous music ensembles on campus. Sliwoski is also one of just 15 students from across the country to receive this year’s Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The award recognizes outstanding graduating college seniors who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies. 

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