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Click here to download a copy of the 2017 Youth Scholarship Application - all applications are due by April 1st

 

Each year, we award Youth Scholarships for the cost of tuition and housing in any of our programs to a number of promising young musicians and dancers. Several of these scholarships are memorial scholarships awarded during Celtic Week in memory of Tony Cuffe, and Regis Malady, during Old-Time Week in memory of Ralph Blizard, and during Contemporary Folk/Fiddle or Traditional Song Weeks in memory of Freyda Epstein, our dear friends and long-time staff members.

Applicants should be under the age of 22 and should submit by April 1 a completed application, a selfwritten letter of request for the specific week desired, giving background and contact information, including the applicant's age, prior musical experience and stating why (s)he should receive a scholarship, plus a letter of recommendation from a mentor or other individual knowledgeable in the applicant's area of folk music or dance. Please do not send recordings. Priority will be given to those who have not received a scholarship before. An application fee is not required. Scholarships are merit-based, limited and competitive. Please send your application to: The Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, PO Box 9000, Asheville, NC 28815-9000 or fax it to: 828-298-3434

The Doug & Darcy Orr Music Fund is an endowment fund established to provide long-term financial support for the work of the Swannanoa Gathering now, and for decades to come. Originally established with a generous gift from one of our workshop participants, interest from the fund provides financial support for the program where it is most needed. Tax-free contributions to to the Doug & Darcy Orr Music Fund and/or for our Youth Scholarship fund are welcome and may be made online on the donation form.

A number of our scholarships are sponsored by private organizations or individuals. Are you interested in sponsoring a scholarship? Please contact our office for more information.

2016 Youth Scholars

Tosco Music Party Scholarships are awarded to:
Olivia Martin: attending Contemporary Folk Week
Emma James: attending Contemporary Folk Week

Charlotte Folk Society Scholarships are awarded to:
Ginger-Gabrielle South : awarded the Anna SpychalaYouth Scholarship and attending Celtic Week
Sarah Lemonds: awarded the Marilyn Meacham Price Youth Scholarship and attending Old-Time Week
Nick Tutwiler: awarded the William Thomas Covington Youth Scholarship and attending Fiddle Week

Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society's Duncan-Eilliott Scholarship is awarded to:
Liam Purcell: attending Mando-Banjo Week

"The Shepard Posse" awarded a scholarship to:
Eliot Smith: attending Guitar Week

Dream Guitars sponsored a scholarship for:
Aron Stornaiuolo: attending Guitar Week

Fitzgerald Scholarship Fund awarded a scholarship to:
Bailee Brandon : attending Fiddle Week

Austin Friends of Traditional Music sponsored scholarships for:
Rose Griffith : attending Old-Time Week
Mira Coquina Dickey: attending Old-Time Week
Britt Irick : attending Old-Time Week

Blue Ridge Irish Music School awarded scholarships to:

Aaron Rinaca : attending Celtic Week
Sophie Condron : attending Celtic Week

Green Grass Cloggers awarded a scholarship to:

Savannah Paige Murray : attending Old-TimeWeek

Acoustic Corner awarded scholarships to:

Jackson Grimm : attending Guitar Week
Mary Trammell : attending Mando-Banjo Week

Measley Brothers Scholarship Fund

ArtistWorks Scholarship

Swannanoa Gathering Youth Scholarships are awarded to:

TRADITIONAL SONG WEEK:
Jesse Rhew

Chloe Lang

CELTIC WEEK:
Olivia Bradley (Regis Malady Scholar)
Madeleine Ling
(Tony Cuffe Scholar)

OLD-TIME WEEK:
Selu Adams
Nicole Carpenter

Kai Grosklos
Justin Hipps

Heidi Oploh

GUITAR WEEK:
Rachel Bettendorf
Eliot Smith

Aron Stornaiuolo

CONTEMPORARY FOLK WEEK:

FIDDLE WEEK:
Etowah Adams
Landon Dillingham
Giri Peters

Uma Peters

MANDO & BANJO WEEK:
Bailee Brandon
Dasha Gilmore
Sadie Gustafson-Zook
(Freyda Epstein Scholar)
Courtney Harris