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2016 Wayne Henderson Music Festival Scholarship Winners

Individual Winners

From Virginia:

Allison Amstutz, Dugspur
Emily Edwards, Galax
Kaitlyn Holden, Galax
Addison Page Levy, Radford
Drew Morris, Galax
Luke Morris, Galax
Clay Russell, Troutdale
Austin Craig Stanley, Glade Springs
Hayden Walters, Independence

From North Carolina:

Tyler Barnes, Creston
Kathleen Burnett, Boone
Elizabeth Carter, Ronda
Lillian Chase, Weaverville
Sara Nell Chase, Weaverville
Dawson Clark, Granite Falls
Henry Coatney, Boone
Wesley Coatney, Boone
Madison Elmore, Hays
Noah Farmer, West Jefferson
Kyser George, Westfield
Caroline Hamm, Creston
Maleah Amanda Lovell, Jefferson
Keaton McMillon, Lenoir
Cassidy Miller, West Jefferson
Jake Myers, Jonesville
Asa Nelson, Zionville
Clara Overholser, Cedar Mountain
Matthew James Overholser, Cedar Mountain
Chaney Parsons, Roaring River
Liam Purcell, Deep Gap
Matthew Skinner, Pisgah Forest
Samuel Tsolis, West Jefferson
Travis Watts, Toast
Trajan Wellington, Jefferson

From Tennessee:

Asa Lewis, Mountain City
Savannah McKinney, Mountain City

Group Winners

From Virginia:

Bland County Public Schools’ Foundation for Quality, Unique, Innovative Learning & Leadership/Bland County JAM, Bastian
Chestnut School of the Arts/Galax JAM, Galax
The Crooked Road/Traditional Music Education Program, Abingdon
The Henderson School, Marion
JAM, Independence
Pro-Art & Wise County Public Schools/WiseJAMs, Wise
Smith Mountain Arts Council/Franklin County JAM, Wirtz
Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center/Washington County JAM, Abingdon

From North Carolina:

Alleghany JAM, Sparta
Ashe County Arts Council/JAM, West Jefferson
Caldwell Arts Council/Caldwell JAM, Lenoir
Madison County Arts Council/JAM , Marshall
Toe River Arts Council/TAPS Traditional Arts Program for Students, Burnsville
Town of Boone/Jones House/ Boone JAM, Boone
Transylvania Youth Strings/JAM, Pisgah Forest
Tryon Fine Arts/PAC JAM, Tryon

From South Carolina:

POSSAM/YAM (Young Appalachian Musicians), Pickens

Festival Scholarship Info

Each year, since the festival began in 1995, a percentage of the proceeds has been set aside to fund scholarships to “aid young, local, traditional musicians in continuing their music exploration and education.” More than $160,500 has been awarded through the 2016 festival.

Individual Scholarships

Individual applicants will be selected to receive scholarships up to $500 which may be applied to individual lessons or a traditional music camp/program of the applicant’s choice. Past scholarship winners have attended the Augusta Heritage Arts Festival, the Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week at Mars Hill, NC, and Steve Kaufman’s Guitar and Mandolin Camp or have elected to have private lessons paid for over a continuing period. Scholarship winners can select from classes in all levels of fiddle, banjo, guitar, acoustic bass, lap dulcimer or mandolin.

Only students/musicians of traditional acoustic music instruments age 18 and younger need apply. All applicants must be residents of the Central Appalachian Region. Preference will be given to NEW applicants and applicants who are not yet accomplished musicians.

Complete applications must include (1) a completed Application Form, (2) two letters of reference, (3) an audio or video recording demonstrating the applicant’s musicianship, and (4) a 200-word essay explaining why the applicant would like the scholarship and how he or she plans to use it.

Scholarship Questions

Grants to Non-Profit Organizations

Non-profit organizations teaching traditional music to students may apply and be selected to receive a grant up to $1,000 to fund instructors, student fees or general operating expenses. Only one application per non-profit agency will be accepted. A non- profit grant application packet must include (1) program history and objectives, (2) structure of program, target population and number of children served, (3) key artists and organizations involved, (4) annual operating expense and projected use of grant money and (5) proof of non-profit status.


Applications must be mailed and postmarked by March 1 of each year. Download the below form and mail to:

WCH Music Scholarships
P.O. Box 531
Galax, VA 24333


Winners will be notified by April 15 each year.

Scholarship Winners


Music camps

Information on camps will be available (upon request) at the time of notification. Recipients will be responsible for their own registration. After registering, the scholarship recipient will notify the WCH Festival Committee that they have chosen a camp and the committee will pay the camp directly up to the amount of the scholarship award.

Private lessons

Fees for private lessons will be paid directly to the music teacher. The music teacher will complete the Teacher Reimbursement Form below and submit to the address on the form for payment/reimbursement for any lessons provided.

Teacher Reimbursement

Reimbursement will only be made AFTER music lessons have been received. Your music instructor must document dates & cost of instruction on the below form.