Feature Twirler Scholarship
The Orange Girl is an honored Syracuse University tradition dating back to the late 1940s. The featured baton twirler–part of the Syracuse University’s “Pride of the Orange” Marching Band (SUMB)–is part of every energizing performance, whether the band is playing on the Quad, in the Carrier Dome during a half-time show, or at any one of dozens of other events.
In order to ensure the continuation of this special tradition and attract talented performers, lifelong Orange supporters John H. ’59 (ESF) and Janet K. (Smith) Dean ’61 (VPA) have committed a $25,000 lead gift to establish the Janet Kay Smith Feature Twirler Scholarship. From 1957 to 1961, when the SUMB was known across the country as “100 Men and a Girl,” Smith was the “Girl,” the band’s featured twirler.
To fully endow the scholarship, a minimum of $50,000 must be reached. You can help the Deans by making a gift to support the scholarship or by contacting the Office of Advancement in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at 315.443.7095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janet (Smith) Dean was the Syracuse University Marching Band’s featured twirler from 1957 to 1961. Learn more of her story at changealife.syr.edu.