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2018 Wayne Henderson Music Festival Scholarship Winners

Individual Winners

From North Carolina:

Sophia Burnett, Boone
Sara Nell Chase, Weaverville
Dawson Clark and Lincoln Clark, Granite Falls
Noah Farmer, West Jefferson
Caydia Friberg and Judah Friberg, Moravian Falls
Libby Harbour, Wilkesboro
Samuel Jones, Linville
Karlie Keepfer, Sparta
Rain Larson, Collettsville
Cassidy Miller, West Jefferson
Robert Myers, Jonesville
Asa Nelson, Zionville
Kayla Rhodes and Caleb Rhodes, North Wilkesboro
Bryanna Sigmon and Caleb Sigmon, Taylorsville
Gavin Woodruff, Ennice

From South Carolina:

Carson Moore, Landrum

From Tennessee:

Eli Horne, Mountain City
Sarah Isenhour, Mountain City
Isaiah Meade, Mountain City
Eden Potter, Mountain City
Deklan Thomas, Mountain City
Brandon Vanover, Mountain City
Harley Wykle, Butler

From Virginia:

Drew Morris, Galax
Collin O’Neal, Galax

Group Winners

From North Carolina:

Alleghany JAM, Sparta
Ashe County Arts Council/JAM Project of Ashe County, West Jefferson
Boone JAMS, Boone
Caldwell Arts Council/Caldwell JAM, Lenoir
Haywood Arts Council/JAM, Waynesville
Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center/Alexander County JAM, Hiddenite
John C. Campbell Folk School JAM, Brasstown
Madison County Arts Council JAM , Marshall
The 12 Note MAP (Music After School Program), Wilkesboro
Toe River Arts Council /Traditional Music Program, Burnsville
Tryon Fine Arts/PACOLET JAM, Tryon

From South Carolina:

POSAM/Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music, Pickens

From Tennessee:

Johnson County JAM/JO CO JAM, Mountain City

From Virginia:

Bland County Public Schools/QUILL/Bland County JAM, Bastian
Bristol VA Public Schools/Bearcat JAM, Bristol
Chestnut School of the Arts/Galax JAM, Galax
Junior Appalachian Musicians Inc., Independence
Smith Mountain Arts Council/Franklin County JAM, Wirtz
Southwest Virginia 4-H/Washington Co. VA JAM, Abingdon
The Crooked Road/Traditional Music Education Program, Abingdon
The Henderson JAM, Marion
The June Bug Center/Floyd Jam, Floyd
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts/Pro-Art/Wise County JA, Wise

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 $198,500 has been awarded through the 2017 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


JAM Programs

Fees for JAM Programs will be paid directly to the JAM Program.  Recipients will be responsible for their own JAM registration. After registering, the JAM Program Director must complete the JAM section of the WCH Scholarship Reimbursement Form below, sign, and submit to the address on the form to receive payment for JAM instruction.

Music camps

Fees for Music Camps will be paid directly to the Music Camp. Information on music camps is made available at the time of notification. Recipients will be responsible for their own registration. After registering, the scholarship recipient must complete the Music Camp section of the WCH Scholarship Reimbursement Form below and submit to the address on the form.

Private lessons

Fees for private lessons will be paid directly to the music instructor. The instructor must complete the Individual Lessons section of the WCH Scholarship Reimbursement Form below, sign, and submit to the address on the form to receive payment for any lessons provided. Reimbursement will only be made after music lessons have been received. Your music instructor must document dates & cost of instruction.

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.